Communication Sciences And Disorders – Program Features

The Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a freestanding, pre-professional degree designed to prepare students for graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology.

Following completion of the BS degree, students will be eligible to apply for a state SLP-A license, which allows them to work in a limited capacity under the supervision of a fully certified and licensed SLP. Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to continue through completion of the master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.


  • Broaden and deepen student understanding of the professions of speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech-and hearing science
  • Prepare students with the necessary academic knowledge, clinical exposure and critical thinking skills to be successful in graduate school
  • Foster the strong communication, ethics, and reflective skills necessary for eventual clinical practice

Within the Walker College of Health Professions, students in Communication Sciences and Disorders work closely with students in occupational therapy, physical therapy and music therapy, as well as nursing and rehabilitation counseling. This inter-professional education with its shared courses and opportunities to work side-by-side helps prepare students for real world collaboration and introduces them to the nature of working as part of an inter-disciplinary team.

Walker Hall houses both the academic and clinical facilities needed for both the undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Two in-house working SLP clinics are located in Walker Hall:

  • The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders
  • The Maryville University Speech and Language Clinic. This state-of-the-art facility includes an audiology suite, shared lab and research spaces, and technologically advanced classrooms for the next generation of healthcare workers.