Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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. It is devoted to the study of human communication and associated disorders. Students are provided with the academic preparation and clinical exposure necessary for graduate study. The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program is a limited enrollment program that requires applicants to meet a specific core of admission requirements.

At Appalachian State University undergraduate students pursue a 52-53 hour major that focuses on normal development of speech, language, and hearing processes as well as on associated disorder areas. In the last year of the program, students may fulfill the role of observer as they complete 25 observation hours in the ASU Communication Disorders Clinic. This experience is designed to give undergraduate students exposure to individuals with communication disorders.

On this website, you will find a listing of the requirements for admission to the program and a typical sequence of study for an undergraduate in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Areas of academic interest are similar to minor areas of study and allow a student to pursue in-depth study in areas related to communication disorders. Popular areas of academic interest include: professional education related to public school employment; childhood education, special education, and reading and language arts. With the guidance of an academic advisor, students may elect to pursue these academic interest areas or may choose from a variety of other areas. Sample listings of academic interest areas are available on this website.

If there are additional questions that you may have about Appalachian State University's undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders, please feel free to contact us via email or phone. In addition to discussing the program with you, we would be happy to arrange a visit to campus so that you may meet with individual faculty and students. We conduct these tours and meetings one Friday a month. If you are interested in a quality program that offers you the opportunity to work with an exceptional faculty and outstanding students from all regions of the United States, please consider submitting an application.

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