The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers the Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Master of Science Degree (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs support the Department's mission to prepare students for careers in speech-language pathology.
The undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree program at Appalachian State University is located in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Beaver College of Health Sciences. Because licensure and certification as a speech- language pathologist or audiologist by the State of North Carolina and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association require successful completion of an appropriate graduate degree, this program is preprofessional in nature.
When individuals cannot communicate because of an inability to understand or appropriately use the speech and language systems of society, they are at risk for serious social, emotional, vocational, and educational isolation. The Master of Science Degree (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology prepares specialists in the prevention, evaluation, and management of human communication disorders through relevant educational experiences, clinical practica, and research opportunities.