Welcome to The Department of Communicative Disorders



The field of communication sciences examines the behavioral, cognitive, and neurological features of communication across the life-span. Communicative Disorders students at The University of Alabama explore all aspects of speech and language development and disorders in individuals. They explore the syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of language, in addition to the articulatory and motor aspects of speech, in typically developing children, children with speech and language impairments, and adults.

We teach and engage in research associated with the principles of speech and language development and disorders, including research skills associated with the evidence-based practice of the Speech-Language Pathology profession. In addition, we provide service to the department, the university, the community, and the profession.


We offer both an undergraduate (B.A.) degree in Communicative Disorders and a graduate (M.S.) degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Our program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


The department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama has developed a strategic plan to guide it through the 2012-2017 years.  Our plan is in alignment with the teaching, research, and service missions of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University.  Access our plan here: Strategic Plan

The Department of Communicative Disorders at The University of Alabama is an equal opportunity program and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship or status as a covered veteran.