Communication Sciences & Disorders Program

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders’ goal is to provide an academically challenging pre-professional education in the field of speech-language-hearing pathology in an environment that encourages intellectual and spiritual growth and preparation for graduate school.

We also encourage students to lead lives of service to individuals across the lifespan who have communication delays or disorders by providing clinical opportunities in a variety of assessment and treatment settings.

Our department also provides support courses in the fields of biology, education, and psychology that are required for professional certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Becky Saterbak-Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Becky Saterbak

Assistant Professor and Head of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Majors

  • Communication Sciences & Disorders (B.A.)
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders (B.B.S.)

Minors

Why study Communication Sciences & Disorders at HSU?

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Prepare for your graduate degree

Our students are provided with a strong academic foundation in preparation for assessing and treating individuals across the lifespan with communication disorders of articulation, language, voice, swallowing, and hearing in children and adults. Students interact clinically with certified and licensed Speech Language Pathologists in a variety of settings as they evaluate and treat individuals of all ages.

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High Acceptance Rate

90% of students who graduate in the CSD program and apply to graduate school are accepted!

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Real-world Applications

As an undergraduate, students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program earn 25 clinical observation hours in a variety of community-based placements. Students earn 25 direct clinical contact hours.

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Program Details

Bachelor of Arts

The Communication Sciences and Disorders major requires a minimum of 46 credit hours. Courses required include: CSD 2351, 2352, 2356, 3351, 3352, 3353, 3354, 3358, 3359, 4352, 4353, 4354, 4459, plus 6 credits of advanced hour electives (excluding CSD 2350 and 3350). Required supporting courses include: BIOL 2402, MATH 1310 (or higher), PHYS 2405, and PSYC 1301, 2300 or 3306, 3312, 3303, 3337.

Foreign language requirements and options for meeting the minor requirements for the BA are discussed on page 32 of the Course Catalog. A minor in Psychology or Sociology is recommended.

Bachelor of Behavioral Science

The Communication Sciences and Disorders major requires a minimum of 46 credit hours. Courses required include: CSD 2351, 2352, 2356, 3351, 3352, 3353, 3354, 3358, 3359, 4352, 4353, 4354, 4459, plus 6 credits of advanced hour electives (excluding CSD 2350 and 3350). Required supporting courses include: BIOL 2402, MATH 1310 (or higher), PHYS 2405, and PSYC 1301, 2300 or 3306, 3312, 3303, 3337.

A minor in Psychology or Sociology is recommended.

Pre-requisites for participation in clinical courses and internship/externship placement include a minimum overall GPA of 3.0; a minimum GPA of 3.25 in CSD courses; at least 12 hours of required CSD courses must have been completed at Hardin-Simmons University; completion of specified coursework; specific site requirements (including a background check, drug testing and proof of immunization; submission of contract materials and proof of liability insurance; and permission of department head.

Our pre-professional major degree prepares students for admission to an accredited master’s program.

Students are provided with a strong academic foundation in preparation for assessing and treating individuals across the lifespan with communication disorders of articulation, language, voice, swallowing, and hearing in children and adults. Students interact clinically with certified and licensed Speech Language Pathologists in a variety of settings as they evaluate and treat individuals of all ages with speech, language, and/or hearing problems resulting from brain injury or stroke, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, development delay, mental retardation, fluency disorders, oral motor neuromotor deficits, vocal dysfunction, swallowing disorders, and auditory deficits or hearing loss.