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Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders

Required Courses in Communicative Disorders (40 Credit Hours)

CMD 160 Introduction to Communicative Disorders (3)
Survey of speech language and hearing disorders. Discussion includes etiology, symptomatology and the professions of speech language pathology and audiology. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: None.

CMD 272 Auditory and Speech Mechanisms (3)
Structure and function of the organs of hearing and speech as they relate to normal and pathological communication; theories of cortical involvements, central and peripheral nervous systems relevant to rehabilitation procedures. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

CMD 273 Phonetics (3)
International Phonetic Alphabet; analysis of phonetic and phonemic elements in major American English dialects; practice in transcription of standard and defective speech. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

CMD 274 Communication Processes (3)
Psychological and cognitive processes basic to language and communication; models of language processing; explorations into biological and social bases. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

CMD 276 Speech Science (3)
Physical properties of the speech signal, analysis of the physical basis of speech production, instrumentation used to assess speech output, theories of speech perception. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

CMD 278 Introduction to Hearing Science (3)
Overview of the measurement of sound, acoustic properties of the sound wave, and perception of sound by human beings. Anatomy and physiology of the normal hearing mechanism. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

CMD 361 Introduction to Audiology (3)
Pathologies of the hearing mechanism, methods of audiologic assessment, interpretation of the audiogram, recommendations based on diagnostic audiology results. Methods of middle ear and retrocochlear assessment. Training in in the administration of basic audiologic evaluations. (Lecture 3) Prerequisites: CMD 160 & CMD 278.

CMD 375 Language Development (3)
Development phenomena in speech and language; causal factors of delayed speech and language; survey of evaluative and habilitative programs for children with deviant language development. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: CMD 274.

CMD 377 Functional Neuroanatomy (3)
Examination of the brain and spinal cord, emphasizing connection and functions of the neural system. This course is designed for communicative disorders majors. (Lecture 3) Prerequisites: CMD 272 and junior standing.

CMD 454 Rehabilitative Audiology (3)
Theoretical and methodological approaches to aural rehabilitation of the adult with impaired hearing. Topics include use of amplification, speechreading, assistive listening devices, auditory training, and case management. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: Senior standing.

CMD 460 Introduction to Speech and Language Disorders (3)
Survey of developmental and acquired speech and language disorders. Discussion includes etiology, symptomatology and assessment. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: Senior standing.

CMD 465 Clinical Methods in Communicative Disorders (4)
Observation of diagnosis and treatment of communicative disorders; developing interviewing, report writing, and counseling techniques; introduction to diagnostic procedures; establishing therapeutic goals, treatment, and remediation of various disorders. (Lecture 3, Lab 2) Senior or graduate standing only. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. Not for graduate credit in communicative disorders.

CMD 493 Cultural and Linguistics Diversity in Communicative Disorders (3)
Application of concepts and information from the study of cultural and linguistic diversity to issues involving communicative incompetence and disorder. (Lecture 3). Prerequisite: CMD 274 or CMD 375.


The local chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, URISSLHA, will hold a meeting on Monday, October 27th at 7:15 in the Galanti Lounge of the main library (3rd floor). All students with interests in a career in speech-language pathology or audiology are encouraged to attend.


Amber D. Franklin, Assistant Professor at Miami University (Ohio), will be giving a talk titled, "Pronunciation Proficiency in Adult English Language Learners: What do we measure and how do we measure it?" on Thursday, October 23rd from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in CBLS 100. All students and faculty are invited to attend. Attendance is mandatory for graduate students in CMD.


Welcome to new and returning students


2014 NSSLHA meeting announced


Congratulations are in order


Leslie Mahler featured as one of URI's Big Thinkers