Speech Therapist with child patient

Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS)

Many messages. One purpose.

More than 40 million people in the United States suffer from some type of communication disorder. The inability to convey one’s thoughts and feelings can take an emotional toll. The field of communication sciences and disorders is dedicated to the complexities of and science behind how we communicate -- and to the care and treatment of patients who need our help. It’s meaningful ministry.

In our program, we integrate faith with our teaching. You’ll learn about communication, from birth to the elderly; about disorders such as autism, cleft palate, genetic syndromes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s; and how to professionally and effectively communicate with patients and their families.

ACU’s Bachelor of Science in communication disorders is designed to prepare you for graduate school and, ultimately, a satisfying career as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. You also have job opportunities in a variety of medical and treatment centers after completing your undergraduate degree.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 48 credit hours
+ Electives: 24 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
Tracks N/A
Department Communication Sciences and Disorders
School/College College of Education and Human Services


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Phonetics
  • Audiology
  • Organic and Neurogenic Disorders
  • Anatomical and Physiology Processes of Communication
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What can you do after graduation?

  • Speech Pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Speech Therapist

Dr. Denise Barnett

Dr. Denise Barnett is one of the first faces to greet incoming students.

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Professor with students

Clubs and Activities

Most notably, communication sciences and disorders majors get practical experience by working at the Center for Speech and Language Disorders, located on campus. Other opportunities include:

  • Service learning projects
  • National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

About the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Students studying at table

The goal of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to prepare students to pursue graduate study in communication disorders.

The Department is home to the Center for Speech and Language Disorders; an array of diagnostic and treatment services are provided by graduate students under the supervision of licensed or certified speech-language pathologists.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.