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Students in the Luse Center
Professor Mike Cannizzaro
Professor Barry Guitar
Professor Tiffany Hutchins
Professor Barry Guitar with students
Graduate student working with a child in the Luse Center
Professor Patricia Prelock working with kids
Professor Barry Guitar with student
Students in class

UVM'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.

Curriculum

The Communication Sciences and Disorders curriculum focuses 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.

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 Affiliate

Faculty Research

UVM Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty engage in research focused on speech, language, and cognitive functions, 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.

Careers

A bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares students for a wide variety of careers, some of which require a graduate degree. This program 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. 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 the student.

Major requirements

Concentrations

A concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders is available to students in the College of Education and Social Services.

Beyond the classroom

Internship Opportunities

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders includes the Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication: Speech, Language, and Hearing, an active clinic providing speech-language and audiology services to the community. The clinic provides internship opportunities for undergraduates to observe professional practice, and serves as the primary practicum site for the communication sciences and disorders master's program, which provides the academic and clinical background required to earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) needed for professional practice.

Study Abroad

The communication sciences and disorders curriculum is flexible to accommodate a semester study abroad experience. Popular destinations include Australia, France, and England.

Speech and Hearing Club

The Speech and Hearing Club offers professional development and volunteer opportunities for undergraduate students.

4 Year Plan for Career Success

Graduate employment rate

94%

Careers

  • Audiologist or audiologist assistant
  • Speech-language pathologist or SLP assistant
  • Certified occupational therapy assistant