Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMM)
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is devoted to helping people overcome disabilities of speech, language, and hearing. The study of Communication Sciences and Disorders may begin in the freshman or sophomore year. Students learn about speech, language, and hearing disorders in the classroom and are involved in clinical observation in the on-campus Speech-Language-Hearing Center and can participate in research projects. Students are encouraged to take elective courses in linguistics, human development, learning theory, early childhood, health administration, special education, and various aspects of rehabilitation.
As this is a pre-professional degree, students generally pursue graduate studies in speech-language pathology or audiology at colleges or universities offering graduate programs leading to a master’s or doctoral degree and to subsequent certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Certified clinicians find employment opportunities in hospitals, schools, community speech and hearing clinics, and private practice. Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of the Communication Sciences and Disorders major.
Communication Sciences & Disorders (COMM)
COMM 401 - American Sign Language I
American Sign Language I introduces students to American Sign Language (ASL) and its culture. The class is taught primarily in ASL and students develop basic receptive and expressive skills through immersion and the required online lab.
Equivalent(s): ASL 435, COMM 533
COMM 420 - Survey of Communication Disorders
The use of language to communicate is a uniquely human capability. Language is part of our cultural identities and can be expressed through many modalities such as speech, sign and writing. Disorders of communication have profound effects on an individual's ability to function and impact family, friends, learning and professional choices. It has been said that "life without communication is scarcely better than death." This course provides an overview of human communication disorders across the life span. The course includes information about the various types of communication disorders and how they are diagnosed and treated.
Equivalent(s): COMM 520
COMM 502 - American Sign Language II
This course is taught in American Sign Language and has an online lab requirement. There is an emphasis on active language use to improve speed and accuracy. Advanced linguistic principles of ASL as well as the cultural considerations are presented. Exploration of signed languages from around the world are included.
Equivalent(s): COMM 402
COMM 504 - Basic Audiology
Normal hearing process and pathologies of the auditory system. Hearing screening, pure-tone testing, and speech audiometry.
Prerequisite(s): COMM 521 with a minimum grade of C.
Equivalent(s): COMM 704
COMM 521 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
Anatomy, physiology, neurology, and function of the mechanisms for the production and perception of speech.
COMM 522 - Language Acquisition
This course is an introduction to typical language acquisition. The progression of language development is examined within a linguistic framework, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Theories of language acquisition overviewed.
Prerequisite(s): COMM 524 with a minimum grade of C.
COMM 524 - Clinical Phonetics
Application of the International Phonetic Alphabet to normal and clinical populations; use of broad and narrow transcriptions. Basic speech science, acoustic phonetics, and acoustic analysis of speech production.
COMM 610 - Voodoo Science
This course will allow students to develop an understanding of evidence-based practice in the modern health care arena. This course offers a unique opportunity to learn critical thinking skills, evaluate scientific inquiry and discern information that has evidence from that with no support. The ability to evaluate ideas, and in particular, distinguishing scientific evidence from fiction is critical to success in any scholarly discipline, different ideas, such as perpetual motion machines, cold fusion, homeopathy, the role of media in spreading voodoo and scientific misconduct will be explored. Many of these have started out as sincere attempts to understand various phenomena, but at some point were found to not be supported by evidence. Unfortunately, these ideas continued to be promoted for a variety of reasons including financial gain, professional name, or social prominence and as such became fraudulent. As part of this course, we will study evidence-based practice in health care in relation to Voodoo Science.
Equivalent(s): COMM 510
COMM 636 - Speech and Hearing Science
Physical, acoustical, and perceptual correlates of normal speech production and audition. Includes theoretical models with the generation, transmission, detection, and analysis of speech signals.
COMM 705 - Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation
This course will include principles of habilitation/rehabilitation of communication challenges resulting from hearing loss or deafness across the lifespan. Management strategies related to early identification and intervention, educational services, vocational success and psychosocial impact will be provided.
COMM 723 - Observation Skills in Speech-Language Pathology
This guided observation course is designed to acquaint students with intervention and assessment while providing opportunity to begin to develop systematic observation skills. Students successfully completing this course will accrue a minimum of 25 observation hours. Cr/F.
COMM 724 - Senior Capstone: Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology
Introduction to the profession of speech-language pathology; review of issues related to scope of practice; professional ethics, certification/licensure, and current challenges facing the profession. Discussion of employment opportunities for speech-language pathologists.
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Equivalent(s): COMM 635
COMM 740 - Treatment of Adults with Acquired Brain Injury
This "hands-on" interdisciplinary experience enables students to acquire clinical skills and professional competence in a community-based day program where they assist adults with acquired brain injury meet their physical, emotional, cognitive-linguistic, social, spiritual, recreational, and vocational needs. Permission required. CSD majors only.
COMM 741 - Speech-Language Pathology I
Research, diagnosis, and therapy procedures as applied to articulation and language disorders.
Equivalent(s): COMM 631, COMM 731
COMM 742 - Speech-Language Pathology II
Neurologic bases, diagnoses and treatment of communication disorders; emphasis on motor speech disorders and aphasia from young adulthood to geriatrics.
Equivalent(s): COMM 630
COMM 779 - Community Based Learning: Study of Hearing Loss and Deafness
This course provides students the opportunity to learn about services available for deaf and hard of hearing populations through job shadowing as well as direct instruction. During the semester, students rotate to different settings such as schools, public agencies and audiology practices, where they observe and learn from a variety of professionals. On campus meetings provide additional experiences which will increase a student’s understanding of the impact of hearing loss and deafness across the age span.
Prerequisite(s): COMM 401 with a minimum grade of C.
COMM 795 - Independent Study
Individual or group projects involving directed study of an area of communication sciences and disorders that students wish to explore in greater depth than is covered in the required curriculum.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
COMM 798 - Special Topics
New or specialized topics not covered in regular course offerings. Special fee on some topics.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
COMM 799 - Honors Thesis
Supervised research leading to the completion of an honors thesis required for graduation from the university honors program in major. Permission required.
Attributes: Honors course
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.