Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree prepares you for graduate education as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/or a speech, language or hearing scientist. It can also serve as an excellent foundation for graduate work in related fields, including a wide range of allied health and educational careers.
Quality classroom experiences
The undergraduate student will study the basic speech and hearing sciences and the normal human communication process, as well as the theoretical and practical aspects of therapy. Clinical observations are required.
Stand Out in courses like
- Introduction to Communication Disorders
- Speech and Language Acquisition and Development
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
The mission of the bachelor of science in communication disorders is to graduate students who demonstrate competence in the university learning outcomes, along with the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level success in graduate work in communication sciences and disorders and other allied fields. Students graduate as engaged learners and critical thinkers, who exhibit basic competence in the foundations of the discipline of human communication sciences, including speech, language, and hearing.
Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Internships and Careers
The minimum entry level qualification for professional practice in the fields of speech-language pathology is a master's degree and in audiology a Doctor of Audiology degree. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in communication disorders. The master’s degree offers a specialization in speech-language pathology and is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Students also pursue careers in fields such as allied health, education, human development and communication, research and the health care insurance industry.
GO FAR in your career
- Speech-language pathology
- Speech, language or hearing science
- Allied health
- Human development and communication
- Behavioral therapy
- Developmental disabilities
The faculty have expertise in a wide range of communication disorders and related areas, including autism, aphasia, bilingual language development, child language disorders, motor speech disorders, swallowing disorders and voice.
Students must fill out an application to be admitted into the major, and admission to the major is restricted to those applicants meeting certain requirements.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Communication Disorders are expected to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences;
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in basic human communication processes and disorders thereof;
- Apply critical thinking and analysis to issues in communication disorders, relating theoretical foundations to clinical practice;
- Observe and critically evaluate clinical work in communication disorders;
- Demonstrate qualifications for post-baccalaureate work in at least one of the following:
- entry into a health and human service profession not requiring a graduate degree;
- entry into a graduate program in allied health or related fields;
- or entry into a graduate program in communication disorders.
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
The Undergraduate Communication Disorders program will undergo its next Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2020-21
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Undergraduate Communication Disorders program does not lead to professional licensure.
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The Communication Disorders program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.
* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.