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Why Study Communication Sciences and Disorders?

In the in-demand field of communication sciences and disorders, you’ll utilize a variety of techniques to diagnose and treat people with speech, language and hearing disorders. As a communication sciences and disorders major at UW-River Falls, you’ll have access to interactive classrooms and undergraduate research opportunities that will help prepare you for your future career.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and describe the biological and neurological bases of normal human communication.
  • Develop and cultivate interpersonal communication skills, problem-solving skills, organization and time management skills.
  • Describe the causes, characteristics, prevention, assessment and intervention strategies for articulation/phonological language, hearing, voice and fluency disorders.
  • Hone your ability to empathize and relate to people from a variety of backgrounds.

 

Types of Courses

  • Articulatory and Phonological Disorders
  • Audiology
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Procedures and Experience
  • Language Appraisal and Intervention
  • Language Development
  • Phonetics
  • Speech Systems
  • Voice Disorders

“I feel like UWRF and the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department did exceptionally well preparing me for the future. Being a student in the department has provided me with the opportunity to not only receive an amazing education in classes that are led by knowledgeable and experienced professors, but they have also provided me with volunteer opportunities, hands-on clinical experience in the onsite clinic and the ability to be a part of the UWRF chapter of National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association.”

– Allyson Gillen, communication sciences and disorders major    

4-Year Plan

Potential Careers

Employment in the field of communication sciences and disorders requires a graduate-level degree. Once you’ve completed your undergraduate degree at UW-River Falls, you can enroll in graduate school (we have an excellent master’s degree program!). After you’ve earned a graduate degree, you’ll be ready for a variety of roles, including:

  • Audiologist
  • Speech, Language or Hearing Scientist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist