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Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders

Professional Electives

BPS 312 Foundations of Human Disease II: Central Nervous System Disease (2)
The etiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, symptomatology, and diagnosis of diseases of the central nervous system. (Lecture 2, offered every spring.)

COM 221 Interpersonal Communication (3)
Examines basic theory and skills, including impart of perception, self-concept, listening, nonverbal messages, and language on interpersonal communication, including conflict, relationship development, friendship, family and romantic relationships. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: 100.

COM 251 Small Group Communication (3)
The study of communicative functions in the small group setting. Includes group dynamics, leadership, problem solving, and decision making. Emphasis on theory and application. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: 100.

CMD 175 Gestural Communication (3)
Visual language systems with emphasis on the chirology and syntax of Ameslan, and levels of language among deaf communicators; finger spelling and sign language for educational, rehabilitative, and artistic goals studied. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: junior or graduate standing.

CMD 440 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy (3)
Study of structure and function of human head and neck anatomy, supplemented by dissection laboratory. emphasis on the musculoskeletal, visceral, nervous, and vascular systems related to dental hygiene and communicative disorders. (Lecture 2, Lab 2) Prerequisute: Bio 121 or equivalent.

CMD 491, 492 Special Problems (1-3)
Selected areas of study pertinent to communicative disorders. Instruction may be offered in class seminar or tutorial environments according to specific needs and purposes. (Independent study) 491: S/U credit.

CMD 494 Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (1-3)
Current perspectives on diagnosis, etiology, and core challenges in social communication and emotional regulation for children with autism and PDD. Role of speech-language pathologists within a comprehensive intervention framework.(Lecture 3) Prerequisite: senior standing, CMD 375 or permission of instructor.

EDC 312 The Psychology of Learning (3)
An analysis of learning with emphasis on principles and procedures applicable to any human teaching and learning situation. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: PSY 113.

HDF 200 Life Span Development I (3)
Physical, social, cognitive, and emotional growth and development of young children within the family and varied cultural settings. Review of contemporary issues and their relevance for social policy. (Lecture 3)

HDF 201 Life Span Development II (3)
Physical, social, cognitive, and emotional growth and development from adolescence to senescence. Attention to varied cultural settings and relevant social policy. (Lecture 3)

HDF 203 Introduction to Work with Children (4)
Theory and practice in care, teaching, and guidance of preschool children. Lectures, discussion, and participation in a field setting for three hours a week. (Lecture 3, Lab 3) Prerequisite: 200.

HDF 312 Adult Development (3)
Identification of influences, processes, and forces shaping adult development to late life. environmental and lifetime theoretical approaches emphasized and stage theories reviewed. (Lecture 3). Prerequisite: 201 or permission of instructor.

HDF 314 Introduction to Gerontology (4)
Introduction to the study of aging processes: Biological, psychological, and social theories. Health, social, and other age-related problems. Lecture, discussion, and participation in a field setting. (Lecture 3, Lab 3) Prerequisite: completion of 24 or more credits.

HDF 400 Child Development: Advanced Course (3)
Review and critique of major theories of child development. Examination of research studies and issues associated with the first decade of life. Emphasis on cultural contexts. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: 200 and 201 and 202.

HIST 117 History of Medicine (3)
Professionalization of medicine, status of healers in different cultures, creation of scientific medicine, alternative medical practice, effect of changing disease patterns on medical theory/practice. Focus on the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries. (Lecture 3)

HSS 120 Introduction to Human Science and Services (3)
Survey of contemporary human service needs and delivery systems with emphasis on historical development, values, ethics, agency structures and functions, and consumers. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: any one of the following - ECN 100, PSC 113, SOC 100, PSY 113, HDF 200 or 201.

LIB 120 Introduction to Information Literacy (3)
In-depth exploration and practice of information literacy skills designed to support college-level research and lifelong learning.

LIN 200 Language and Culture (3)
Cross-cultural survey of the interaction of culture and language. Introduction to various fields of linguistic research emphasizing descriptive and semantic investigations. Linguistic studies used as illustrative material. (Lecture 3)

LIN 220 Introduction to the Study of Language (3)
Introduction to the analysis and description of a languagešs sounds, forms, syntax, and meaning; the relationship of linguistics to other disciplines; and a survey of major schools of linguistic thought. (Lecture 3)

PSY 232 Developmental Psychology (3)
Comprehensive understanding of human development and growth from birth to senescence. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: 113.

PSY 254 Behavior Problems and Personality Disorders (3)
Evaluation of the more serious behavioral disorders as found in the major forms of character disorders, psychoneuroses, and psychoses. Theories of causation, development and effects of anxiety and defense mechanisms, and interpretation of symptoms and methods of treatment. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: 113.

PSY 300 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3)
Basic concepts and techniques of quantification in psychology. emphasis on application of certain descriptive and inferential statistical tools in the analysis of psychological measurements of behavior. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: 113, at least one college-level mathematics course, and sophomore standing.

PSY 388 The Psychology of Language (3)
Study of language processes in light of contemporary theories and research. Topics include speech production, perception, memory, comprehension, language and the brain, language acquisition, reading, language, and thought. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: junior standing.

PSY 442 Psychology of Exceptionality (3)
Survey of the major issues underlying the classification, institutionalization, and treatment of persons with mental, physical, psychological, and educational disabilities. Specific topics include social attitudes toward exceptionalities, past and current legislation, special education services, and transitions into community life and the workplace. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

SOC 224 Health, Illness, and Medical Care (3)
Introduction to social factors in the occurrence, distribution, and treatment of illness in society; critical analysis of the social organization of medicine in contemporary American society. (Lecture 3)

STA 220 Statistics in Modern Society (3)
Elementary concepts in sampling, polls, surveys, random samples. Foundations of statistical inference; estimation, comparison prediction. Statistics for the consumer, quality of data, credibility of statistical evidence. Environmental measurements and experiments. (Lecture 2, Rec 1)

STA 308 Introductory Statistics (3)
Descriptive statistics, presentation of data, averages, measures of variation, skewness, kurtosis. elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions. Sampling distributions. Statistical inference, estimation, confidence intervals, testing hypotheses, linear regression, and correlation. (Lecture 2, Rec 1) Prerequisite: MTH 107 or 108 or 131 or 141 or permission. Not open to students with credit in 307 or 409.


The Department of Communicative Disorders is pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Crais, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be our first guest speaker of the 2015-2016 academic year. The title of her talk is "Intervention for Children from Birth to Five with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please join us.
Her talk will take place on Monday, October 5th from 7-9 pm in CBLS 100.


Congratulations are in order to our graduates


Welcome to new and returning students


Orientation details for graduate students announced


New professor joins faculty in CMD


M.S. program re-accreditation details


Leslie Mahler featured as one of URI's Big Thinkers