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Mission & Learning Goals

The mission of the undergraduate program is to

  • contribute to the liberal arts education of students;
  • instill an understanding of typical and atypical communication processes across the lifespan;
  • support and motivate students to pursue graduate study in communication sciences and disorders; and
  • provide equal access to education and opportunities to underrepresented minority students.

Learning goals and objectives

Goal 1

Students will learn the concepts, theories, and findings pertaining to human communication in preparation for graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology.

  • Student Outcome 1.1 Demonstrate knowledge of biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases of basic human communication and swallowing processes.
  • Student Outcome 1.2 Demonstrate beginning knowledge of the etiologies and characteristics of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing development and disorders.
  • Student Outcome 1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of the general principles of prevention, assessment, and intervention of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders.

Goal 2

Students will develop critical thinking, analytical and reasoning skills.

  • Student Outcome 2.1 Demonstrate basic understanding of the general principles and practices of evidence-based practice, theoretical models, and their clinical applications.
  • Student Outcome 2.2 Demonstrate an integrated basic knowledge of neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases of basic human communication disorders and swallowing processes into written clinical observation reports and/or writing assignments.

Goal 3

Students will develop their written and oral communication skills and information literacy.

  • Student Outcome 3.1 Formulate and develop a reasoned, positioned, response based on research of the current literature on human communication development and disorders and/or swallowing.
  • Student Outcome 3.2 Demonstrate effective oral and/or written communication through oral/written presentation projects and/or papers using appropriate terminology and concepts applicable to the discipline of speech-language pathology and audiology.