The Department of Communicative Disorders offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and a minor in communicative disorders (speech-language pathology). Students majoring in communicative disorders are expected to matriculate to graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Degree Requirements

Students earning the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) with a major in communicative disorders must complete all University, college, and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the Major

Sophomore standing is required to enroll in any 200- 300- and 400- level CD course. Completion of all 200-level CD courses (except CD 277 Pre-professional Lab Experience) is required for enrollment in 300- and 400-level CD courses. To be considered for clinical practicum (CD 377 Clin Practicum I Speech), students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and at least a 3.00 major GPA based on the following courses: CD 225 Intro Comm Disorders, CD 226 Lang & Speech Develop, CD 244 Phonetics, CD 275 Anat Physio Sech Hear Mechanism, and CD 308 Speech Disorders I. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” online.

Grade Point Average

A 2.00 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA. Minimum GPA standards are required for clinical practicum and continuance in the major. See “Admission into the major” and “Admission to Clinical Practicum.”

Major Courses

The major in communicative disorders requires the successful completion of the following 34 semester hours:

Course Hours
CD 225 Intro to Communicative Disorders 3
CD 226 Language & Speech Development 3
CD 244 Phonetics 3
CD 275 Anat Physio Sech Hear Mechanism 3
CD 277 Preprofessional Lab Experience 1
CD 308 Speech Disorders I 3
CD 309 Speech Disorders II 3
CD 351 Hearing Science 3
CD 411 Speech Science 3
CD 443 Basic Audiology 3
CD 444 Aural Rehabilitation 3
CD 462 Neuroanatomy 3

Students may choose to take elective CD courses:

Course Hours
CD 377 Clin Practicum I Speech 3
CD 445 Audiology Lab Experience 1-3

Upper-Level Residency

A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary Courses

Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in communicative disorders requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major. Many of these courses can be used to satisfy general education requirements.

Course Hours
PY 101 Intro to Psychology 3
Select one of the following Biology courses:
BSC 108 Intro Biology Non-Maj I
BSC 109 Intro Biology Non-Maj II
BSC 114 & BSC 115 Principles of Biology I & Biology Laboratory I
BSC 116 & BSC 117 Principles of Biology II & Biology Laboratory II
BSC 118 Honors General Biology I
BSC 120 Honors General Biology II
4
Select one of the following Physical Science courses:
CH 101 General Chemistry
CH 102 General Chemistry
CH 104 Introductory Chemistry
CH 105 Introductory Org Chemistry
CH 117 Honors General Chemistry
CH 118 Honors General Chemistry
PH 101 General Physics I
PH 102 General Physics II
PH 105 General Physics w/Calc I
PH 106 General Physics w/Calc II
PH 125 Honors Gen Ph w/Calc
PH 126 Honors Gen Ph w/Calc
4
Select one of the following Statistics courses:
BER 345 Educational Statistics
PY 211 Elem Statistical Methods
ST 260 Statistical Data Analysis
CJ 381 Statistics
3
Total Hours 14

Required Minor

This major requires the completion of a minor

Additional Major Requirements

Students are advised that the major in communicative disorders is considered to be pre-professional. A master’s degree or the equivalent is necessary for membership in and certification by the national professional organizations and for licensure by the state of Alabama and most other states. The Department of Communicative Disorders offers a program leading to the Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology (see UA graduate catalog). Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements. Students majoring in communicative disorders who wish to participate in clinical practicum or audiology practicum must apply for admission into CD 377 Clin Practicum I Speech, CD 378 Clin Practicum II or CD 445 Audiology Lab Experience.

Admission into Clinical Practicum

Admission requirements include the following:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30
  • Completion and minimum 3.00 GPA in all of the following:
Course Hours
CD 225 Intro to Communicative Disorders 3
CD 226 Language & Speech Development 3
CD 244 Phonetics 3
CD 275 Anat Physio Sech Hear Mechanism 3
CD 277 Preprofessional Lab Experience 1
CD 308 Speech Disorders I 3
  • Overall performance review and favorable evaluation by two graduate faculty members.

Applications for summer and fall clinics are due February 1st and applications for spring clinics are due September 1st. Admission is limited to a maximum of 15 students per semester for CD 377. Upon admission to an undergraduate clinical practicum, a permit will be issued to the student to enroll in CD 377 or CD 445.

Application for Admission to Clinical Practicum

Special Opportunities

The Department of Communicative Disorders provides students an opportunity to participate in research with a departmental faculty member. Students are also encouraged to become active in the local and national chapters of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Junior- and senior-level scholarship awards are available for students majoring in communicative disorders. For eligible students, the department also offers clinical practicums for hands-on experience in speech-language pathology and audiology