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Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists come alongside children and adults struggling with speech, language, cognitive, hearing or swallowing disorders. As you go about the work of preventing, assessing, diagnosing and treating such disorders, listening and communication skills will be paramount in your role. By drawing from both the arts and sciences, Gordon’s faith-based interdisciplinary approach to communication sciences and disorders (CSD) will not only build your foundational knowledge but prepare you to minister well to the communicative needs of people of all ages.

Why study communication sciences and disorders at Gordon?

Through Gordon's CSD major or minor, you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in the field while benefitting from the breadth of a liberal arts education rooted in faith. The liberal arts are about understanding “humanness,” and what you learn through a broad range of courses will prove essential for your success in caring for people as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist or in a related field.

What careers can I pursue with communication sciences and disorders?

Gordon’s CSD major and minor program will provide you with the prerequisite education necessary for state licensure as an SLP assistant or enrollment in a graduate program to become a licensed SLP working in schools, private practices or hospital settings. Some CSD students choose to pursue other careers in related health or education fields, including:

  • Education
  • Audiology
  • Applied behavior analysis therapy
  • Social work
  • Music therapy
  • Interpreter services
  • Patient and family advocates

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Kait Ober

Kait Ober ’21

Studying to be a speech-language pathologist assistant (SLPA)

“Gordon College has provided me with invaluable direction, knowledge and experience. The professors played a significant role in my education and experience in the field, always guiding me in the right direction for graduate school and life as a speech-language pathologist in the workplace. The rigorous and detailed course material, coupled with the instruction of professors, has equipped me well for graduate school and for the work that I am doing as a speech-language pathologist assistant.” 

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All CSD majors and minors will graduate with observation and clinical practice performed in the community with a local speech-language pathologist. In addition, you’ll gain helpful career guidance from professors and advisors. If you’re looking to learn more about the field of CSD now, consider The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association’s (ASHA’s) Information for Students or Jenks Library's resources on CSD for students.


For more information, contact:

Janet Arndt, Ed.D.
Dean, School of Education
P 978 867 4814

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