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 Communication Sciences and Disorders (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 should make an appointment with the COMD undergraduate advisor to discuss major requirements and develop a degree plan. It is important that all COMD courses be taken in sequence. Degree requirements may be found in the UH Undergraduate Catalog.
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:
Aylin Castro – Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Email is the preferred method of communication.
Appointment Scheduling Through Navigate
- 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.