Communication Sciences & Disorders

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

When you improve a person’s ability to communicate, you improve their foundation for life.

About CSD

In Communication Sciences and Disorders, students learn the anatomy and physiology of speech, language, and auditory processes; how abnormalities in these processes occur; and how speech-language pathologists and audiologists manage these disorders clinically.

Students have unique, hands-on clinical and research opportunities in modern research laboratories that will prepare you to work with adults and children across a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, health departments, industry, research centers, and private practice. No matter what path our graduates choose, they are equipped to be an agent of change for the patients they serve—a change maker, which is what we lovingly call our students.

Undergraduate

The undergraduate program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. A Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders must be earned in order to fulfill the academic and practicum requirements for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as for state certification and licensure. The Bachelor’s degree is considered to be pre-professional. Click here to learn more about the course of study.

Skills acquired

  • Understanding of human communication and development
  • Preparation to succeed in audiology and speech pathology programs
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Critical thinking skills and evidence-based decision making
  • Understanding current health-science issues
  • A range of career and post-graduate education options

Hands-on Clinical Opportunities

  • CSD 495: Hands-on clinical training with neurotypical children, as well as children with autism or language and learning challenges
  • Audiology clinic
  • UM Speech and Hearing Clinic

Research Opportunities

  • Modern research labs
  • Conferences/Presentations
  • Theses

Additional Education

  • Master of Science in CSD (Speech-language pathology)
  • Doctoral Degree of Audiology
  • Clinical Doctoral Degree in Speech-language pathology
  • Research Doctoral Degree in CSD
  • Master’s degrees in other paraprofessional fields

Career Options with B.S. in CSD

  • Healthcare
    • Hearing aid dispensing
    • Healthcare insurance
    • Newborn hearing screenings
    • Rehabilitation aid
    • Hospice/respite care
  • Education
    • Early intervention
    • Daycare center
    • ASL interpreter
    • Speech-language pathology assistant
    • Substitute teaching
  • Science
    • Research assistant
    • Lab manager

Additional Certifications

  • ASL interpreting certificate
  • Certified nursing assistant
  • Child life specialist
  • English as a second
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
  • Medical Coding/Health Information Technicians
  • Special Education/Deaf and Hard of Hearing

CSD Clubs and Organizations

  • National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
  • Ole Miss Handband (American Sign Language)

In the News

A Labor of Love and Language: Graduating senior helps local families through bilingual speech-language pathology training

Melissa Reyes. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services