University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The University of Vermont's Communication Sciences and Disorders Program introduces students to the form and structure of language - how language is learned, produced, perceived, and understood - including the physical, neurophysiological, cognitive, and linguistic bases of speaking, hearing, and language use; the development of language in children; and the acoustics of sound and speech.

Students are prepared for evidence-based practice in the field through specialty courses taught by internationally-known faculty, the incorporation of guided speech-language pathology and audiology observations, and opportunities for involvement in faculty research.


The communication sciences and disorders curriculum focuses primarily on the normal processes of speech, language, and hearing, and how communication is effected across the lifespan. Students are also introduced to a variety of communication disorders through classes, observations, and clinical activities.

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The UVM Course Catalogue details specific requirements by catalogue year. Academic standards are outlined in the CNHS Undergraduate Handbook.

Clinical Experience

Clinical experiences include guided speech-language pathology and audiology observations in the Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication: Speech, Language and Hearing, a non-profit clinic providing speech-language pathology and audiology services to children and adults. The center is designed so that students may observe professionals at work before meeting with patients themselves.

Clinical Affiliates

Communication Sciences and Disorders Faculty

UVM communication sciences and disorders faculty engage in research focused on speech, language, and cognitive function, on topics ranging from the nature and treatment of autism to the role of temperament in stuttering, advancing the knowledge of brain function and creating new therapies for children and adults challenged by cognitive and neurological disorders. Learn more about our faculty.


A bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders prepares students for a wide variety of careers, some of which require a graduate degree and some of which do not. (See link to list below.) This major provides the breadth of a liberal arts education plus an introduction to the health sciences, as well as in-depth information about human communication, including opportunities to explore a variety of communication disorders and the work of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Students are introduced to a variety of communication disorders through classes, observations, and clinical activities. A minor is required as part of the curriculum; a student should consider using this as an opportunity to explore an additional area of interest, particularly if graduate school in audiology or speech language pathology is not the next step for a student.

UVM communication sciences and disorders alumni take jobs in a variety of settings that include schools, medical centers, clinics, nursing homes, and private practices. Eighty percent of graduates pursue advanced study in speech-language pathology, audiology, psychology, linguistics, or medicine at top schools, according to exit survey data.

Graduates of the program often remark on how well-prepared they are for their careers. One former student emailed, "I have gotten several comments on how strong my education/ background has been and it shows in my work. Kudos to UVM!"

Learn more about careers in communication sciences and disorders.

Opportunities for Students

Study abroad and undergraduate research programs, as well as opportunities for involvement in clubs and professional organizations for communication sciences and disorders students at the University of Vermont are widely available and varied.

Members of the Speech and Hearing Club gather for activities including parties for children in the Eleanor M. Luse Center, community hearing screenings, and field trips to sites including the Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Many students elect to study abroad in varied locations including Australia, France, and England.

For More Information

UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
002 Rowell Building
106 Carrigan Dr.
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
Phone: (802) 656-3858


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Last modified May 11 2016 10:46 AM