Jul 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Communication Science and Disorders

Chair: Professor Murdock

Professor Armstrong; Associate Professors Edwards, Valentine; Assistant Professor Vansant; Clinical Director Cheslock; Clinical Supervisors Estes and Veal.

Department Contact Information

Dr. Linda C. Murdock, Chair
George C. Wallace Speech and Language Center
(205) 665-6720


The mission of the Department of Communication Science and Disorders is to establish and provide distinctive academic programs for students in Speech-Language Pathology, collaborations with community partners, and service to individuals with communication disorders across the life span.

The department is committed to preparing students to become dedicated, competent clinical leaders in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. The curriculum emphasizes the problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary to become strong clinical professionals capable of serving a diverse client population.

General Education

All students seeking an undergraduate degree at UM must complete a core General Education curriculum that includes courses in English, history, mathematics, the natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts, oral and written communication, and personal development.

The minimum requirements can be found in the General Education Credit Hour Requirements section of the Academic Policies and Information  page.


The Department grants the B.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)  and the M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP).

Master’s Degree

Persons interested in obtaining the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a license to practice in their chosen state will be required to complete a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin for more information on the M.S. SLP program.

Courses in Communication Science and Disorders