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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communicative Disorders

The following curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Communicative Disorders:

***Note that students seeking admission to this program must earn a grade of C or better in CMD 160, 272, and 273 and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.50. Typically, admission to CMD will occur following the first semester of the sophomore year.

***Students who have not yet met the requirements for program admission are advised through University College. Students who have met these requirements and have gained admission to CMD, are all advised by Dr. Jay Singer (4-4742).

Additional Information for CMD Undergraduates:

***Note that students who intend to enter graduate school and eventually apply for certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) should also pay attention to the ASHA requirements for one course in biological science, one course in physical science, one social science course and one statistics course. These requirements overlap nicely with the URI General Education requirements. For example, the Natural Sciences GER can include one course in biological sciences (e.g., human anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy & physiology, or veterinary science) and one course in physical sciences (e.g., physics or chemistry). The Social Sciences GER can be fulfilled with courses in psychology, anthropology, sociology or public health. The statistics course can be used to fulfill the General Education requirement for a mathematics course.

Many students complete these requirements during their undergraduate degree.

  • A total of 120 credits are required for graduation.
  • With careful early planning, students can use free electives to achieve a double major or to explore special interest areas in depth.
  • Students should anticipate the necessity for graduate study in speech language pathology or audiology. The typical minimum entry requirement for graduate study is a quality point average of 3.00.

By the time a student graduates from the Department of Communicative Disorders with the B.S. degree, he or she will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic understanding of human communication processes across the lifespan.
  2. Critically examine information from various sources.
  3. Identify the nature of a communication problem.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication skills.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the ASHA Code of Ethics.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the scope of practice for SLPs.


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.


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