The undergraduate curriculum provides a broad education in the theory and science of human communication and disorders of communication, both developmental and acquired. It provides a pre-professional foundation for graduate study in communication sciences and disorders and related fields as well as a strong background for special education and for other allied health fields. Courses are offered in typical and disordered speech, language, and hearing across the lifespan. Students choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree.
About the Undergraduate Program: General Information
The undergraduate curriculum provides broad education in the theory and science of human communication and disorders of communication, both developmental and acquired. It also provides pre-professional foundation for graduate study in communication sciences and disorders and related fields as well as a strong background for special education and for other allied health fields. Courses are offered in typical and disordered speech, language and hearing across the lifespan. Students choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree.
The curriculum includes 35 hours in sequenced COMD classes and 6 hours of social sciences electives. The American Speech Language Hearing Association requires that undergraduate students in communication sciences and disorders also complete college-level, standalone coursework in the following areas:
- Biological Sciences
- Chemistry or Physics
- Social/Behavioral Sciences
These requirements can all be met through University Core.
Any incoming freshman, college transfer, international or current UH student interested in majoring in COMD must apply first as a Pre-COMD major. Pre-COMD majors are required to complete the following prerequisites prior to being approved as COMD majors.
Completion of COMD 1333 Introduction to Communication Disorders or its equivalent
- COMD 2339: Speech and Language Development
COMD 2338: Phonetics
COMD 2376: Anatomy
Completion of a speech, language and hearing screening
Once Pre-COMD requirements are completed, students must file a general petition to declare a COMD major. The general petition is subject to evaluation by the advisor, the undergraduate coordinator and the department chair. Students are not considered COMD majors until the petition has been approved.
A student with a major in communication sciences and disorders may prepare for a career as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or speech-language pathology assistant. Students with an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders may also prepare for a career in a related field such as special education or rehabilitation sciences. Professional speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to individuals who present a variety of communication disorders. These diagnostic and therapeutic services are performed in a variety of settings, including public schools, community clinics, hospitals, and private practices. The 2022 U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook lists speech-language pathology and audiology jobs as growing “much faster than average” indicating a strong career outlook. See more career information.
Undergraduate Advisor Contact Information:
Jessica Zoll – Undergraduate Advisor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Melcher Life Sciences, Room M242C
3871 Holman Street
Houston, TX 77204-6018
Email is the preferred method of communication.
Appointment Scheduling Through Navigate
During Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 students will be able to make a face to face or remote advising appointment via the Navigate app. Please follow the below steps in making your advising appointment:
- Login to Navigate via the app or through your access.uh.edu account
- Click on the appointments icon
- Click make an appointment
- What type of appointment – Select Academic Advising
- Pick the service you want the appointment: Find the major (Communication Sciences and Disorders or American Sign Language Interpreting) or COMD minor advising
- Select a date and hit find available times
- Pick a location for your appointment – CLASS - Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Online/Remote Appointments or CLASS – Communication Sciences and Disorders, Melcher Life Sciences 242 C (face-to-face)
- Select a date and time for your appointment.