Communicative Disorders

This curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Students seeking admission to this program must receive a grade of C or better in CMD 160, 272, and 273 and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. In addition to general education requirements and appropriate free electives, a major of 43 credits in communicative disorders includes 40 credits of required courses and nine credits of professional electives.

The required courses are CMD 160, 272, 273, 274, 276, 278, 361, 375, 377, 454, 460, 465, and 493G. The remaining nine credits (three courses) must be selected from the following courses: COM 221; CMD 175, 440, 492, 494; EDC 312; HDF 200, 201, 203, 312, 314, 400; HIS 117; LIB 150, 250; LIN 200, 220; PSY 232, 254, 300, 388, 442; SOC 224; STA 220.

With careful early planning, students can use free electives to achieve a double major or explore special-interest areas in depth. Students should anticipate the necessity for graduate study in speech-language pathology. The typical minimum entry requirement for graduate study is a grade point average of 3.3.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation.

Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology. URI sixth-semester students pursuing a B.S. degree in communicative disorders with 24 credits of electives remaining may apply for acceptance into an accelerated master’s degree program in speech-language pathology. This accelerated program is not available to non-URI undergraduates or part-time graduate students. Students accepted to these programs follow a specified sequence of graduate-level course work and clinical practicum during their senior year, and complete the master’s degree with an additional one year and one summer of full-time study in speech-language pathology. A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 overall and 3.20 in the major is required, with satisfactory MAT or GRE scores. Two letters of recommendation from URI communicative disorders faculty are also needed. Students should indicate their intent to apply to the accelerated program in the graduate application materials.

Students in the speech-language pathology program are required to take a minimum of 24 credits in specified course work and practicum at the 400-500 level in the fifth year. Requirements for the M.S. in speech-language pathology are outlined in the Graduate Programs section of this catalog.