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Make a Difference in People's Lives

Have you ever wondered why someone stutters, or why a small child cannot pronounce her letters the way she should? Have you seen the challenges a grandparent faced after a stroke and wished you knew how to help? If choosing a career that makes a big impact in people's lives is appealing to you, consider a degree in Communication Disorders.

The Department of Communication Disorders offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in speech-language pathology (SLP), a degree that leads to a rewarding career. As a speech-language pathologist, you can give back to the community by helping individuals of all ages who experience communication delays and disorders.

As a major, you will learn about the characteristics of speech and the communication problems that can occur at any age. After you learn about the science of speech-language-hearing disorders, you will have the opportunity to put your classroom knowledge into practice, utilizing both traditional and new interventions with real people who present with real communication disorders.

As a student in the Department of Communication Disorders, you will:

  • Begin your professional career from your very first semester on campus, giving you early insight into the major, the profession and whether SLP is the right fit for you.
  • Gain lots of practical, real-world experience with actual clients - even as an undergraduate - through the state-of-the-art Herndon Clinic and be challenged to find innovative ways to help individuals with communication disorders.
  • Join the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSHLA) and be involved in the organization's activities on campus and in the community.
  • Work closely with faculty in courses, labs and clinical experiences. Graduate students are involved in research under the direction of one of the faculty members.
  • Enjoy small classes and learning alongside a supportive and close-knit group of students.

For more information on the department, feel free to explore the department's Web site, or contact us for more information.

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