Worcester State University
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department


Undergraduate Studies

Program Description

The goal of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to facilitate an understanding of normal human communication processes as well as disorders in communication that can develop or be acquired. Communication is defined as the sharing of need, experiences, ideas, thoughts, and feelings with other people through such modalities as talking, listening, writing, reading, and nonverbal means. Undergraduate students majoring in communication sciences and disorders begin by learning the scientific foundations of the normal processes of communication. This scientific basis is followed by an introduction to the disorders that can occur in speech, language, and/or hearing in children and adults.

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program immerses students in an academically rigorous and challenging course of study. It provides students with a strong preparation for graduate study in many fields including speech-language pathology and audiology. In addition, a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares students to pursue such opportunities as speech-language pathology assistants, audiology assistants, and applied behavioral analysis technologists. Overall, the major provides students with a range of abilities that will help them in either graduate school or in the workplace. These skills include interpersonal, critical thinking, problem-solving, scientific reasoning, writing, and presentation abilities.

A bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders forms an excellent basis for graduate study in many areas, primarily health-related and education. In particular, students are prepared for graduate school in speech-language pathology, audiology, or speech and hearing science. Speech-language pathologists work with a wide range of human communication and its disorders. They evaluate, diagnose, and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Audiologists are experts in the non-medical management of the auditory and balance systems. They specialize in: the study of normal and impaired hearing, prevention of hearing loss, identification and assessment of hearing and balance problems, and rehabilitation of people with hearing and balance disorders.

       •  Educational Goals
       •  What are speech-language pathologists?
       •  What are audiologists?

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