Jun 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin

Department of Communication Science and Disorders

Professors Edwards, Murdock;

Assistant Professor Henton, Roberson, VanSant;

Clinical Director and Clinical Instructor Cheslock;

Clinical Instructors Kirkland, Veal.

Department 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, voice, and swallowing 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 cultivates global and professional awareness and emphasizes the problem-solving and critical thinking skills necessary to become strong professionals capable of serving a clinically, racially, and culturally 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, 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 Undergraduate Academic Policies section in this Bulletin.


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

A master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology will be required in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a license to practice in most states, including Alabama. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin for more information on the M.S. SLP program.

Courses in Communication Science and Disorders