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Butler University Bulletin

Communication Sciences and Disorders


Tonya Bergeson, PhD, Department Chair

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Why Study Communication Sciences and Disorders?

The ability to communicate is one of our greatest human gifts. It is a fundamental human right and plays a central role in the dignity and value of human life. The remarkable ability to communicate allows us to realize our human potential and connect with other people. Problems with communication have a great impact on all aspects of life. The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Program at Butler is dedicated to educating students so that they may assist those who experience communication disorders.

Why Study Communication Sciences and Disorders at Butler?

Our students receive a strong foundation in basic courses that prepares them for success in graduate school. Our students have had outstanding success in gaining admission into prestigious and competitive graduate programs throughout the United States. Our undergraduate students have many opportunities for experiential learning. Students provide treatment for speech and language disorders through the Butler University Speech-Language Clinic, the Butler Early Language and Literacy program, and the Butler Aphasia Community. Students also provide speech, language, and hearing screening services to area schools.

In addition, students engage in research and teaching activities with faculty mentors.

Finally, the CSD degree at Butler leads to high-demand careers in speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech science.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge about normal communication structures, processes, and development
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge about disordered communication structures, processes, and development
  • Demonstrate proficiency with skills needed to interpret, disseminate, and apply research in CSD
  • Explain the concepts of ethical conduct and professional behavior

Degree Program

  • Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders (BA)