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Kansas City's Jesuit University

Communication Sciences and Disorders

A communication sciences and disorders student works with a child at a clinic

Program Description 

The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) major is a pre-professional undergraduate program that prepares students to serve children and adults with a broad range of communication and swallowing disorders. With its foundation in Jesuit education, the CSD program emphasizes an ethical and culturally sensitive approach to its curriculum.  The major consists of 56 credit hours and includes courses such as Human Communication Disorders, Culture and Diversity in CSD and Speech and Hearing Science.

The CSD undergraduate program is an excellent option for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology, audiology or occupational therapy. Freshmen at Rockhurst University are eligible to apply for pre-admission to either the Master of Science in CSD program or the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Understand normal human communication and swallowing processes.
  • Identify and describe the etiologies and characteristics of communication and swallowing disorders.
  • Demonstrate an understanding multicultural sensitivity as it relates to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.
  • Apply effective oral and written communication skills in all academic settings.

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Observe speech-language pathologists and audiologists at work in the community.
  • Collaborate with faculty on research projects.
  • Participate in service projects working with individuals with communication disorders.
  • Participate in the undergraduate PURPOSE Club with other health science majors.
  • Shadow faculty at collaborative sites such as local Catholic schools and community centers.



  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Early Intervention Specialist