Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.A.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Overview

Through a degree in communication sciences and disorders, you will learn how to become a thoughtful, effective communicator who is mindful of how others communicate in a wide range of settings. You’ll develop a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, and become familiar with the disorders that affect the ability to communicate. You’ll explore the development and nature of speech, language, communication, and swallowing from physiological, neurological, psychological, and multicultural perspectives.

Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.A.

Where You'll Go

Our program will prepare you for graduate and other advanced studies in speech language pathology and audiology as well as in the allied health and educational fields. You can also obtain employment as a voice coach, research assistant, or educator. This degree gives you an understanding of the science of human communication and its disorders, integrating information from the broad areas of human development, psychology, cognitive science, biology, acoustics, and language sciences.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements (47 Credits)

It is required that majors in the communication sciences and disorders program attend a new majors meeting prior to declaring their major and recommended that students meet with a departmental adviser once a year thereafter.

Students may not offer more than six credits for a baccalaureate degree from Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 4270, 5271, 5272, and 5273.

The department chair may allow substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program.

Students must complete all of the following:

Additionally, students who intend to pursue advanced degrees in speech-language pathology or audiology are encouraged to take courses that satisfy the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certification Standards. Courses in the areas of statistics (Psychology 3400 or its equivalent), physical sciences (Physics 1005/1100, Chemistry 1007 or an equivalent), and social/behavioral sciences (Psychology 1000 or its equivalent) are strongly suggested.

Students must maintain a B average in major courses, with no grade lower than a C. No course may be repeated more than once.

The program in communication sciences and disorders comprises three tiers. Students must complete all courses within a given tier before advancing into the next.

Tier 1 (20 Credits)

  • All of the following: Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 1113, 1176, 1178, and 1179; and
  • Linguistics 2001; and
  • one course from the following: Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 1619, 1635, or 4666.

Tier 2 (16 Credits)

  • All of the following: Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 2277, 2231, 2232, 2481, and 2482.

Tier 3 (11 Credits)

  • All of the following: Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 3381, 4383, and 5275W.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Define and describe communication differences versus disorders, roles, responsibilities, scope of practice, career paths, and inter-professional collaborations within the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology.
  • Identify and discuss the development and nature of communication and swallowing from physiological, neurological, psychological, linguistic, and multicultural perspectives.
  • Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the theories, concepts, research, and processes related to the prevention, identification, assessment, and intervention of various communication and swallowing disorders.
  • Analyze, develop, and/or execute research studies on contemporary communication topics.

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Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the communication sciences and disorders B.A. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • BronxCare Health System
  • CareRite Centers
  • Elizabeth Seton Children’s
  • First Step Therapy
  • Los Niños Services
  • Molly Gurland Adler & Associates
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York City Early Intervention Agencies
  • Omni Rehab Centers
  • Prime Home Health Services
  • Right Star, Inc.
  • St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children

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