Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Communication disorders encompass a wide variety of problems in speech, language, and hearing.

Speech and language impairments include voice disorder, articulation problems, fluency problems, aphasia, phonological problems, and delays in speech or language. Hearing impairments include partial hearing and deafness. We teach students to understand and treat these challenges throughout the entire lifespan of human development from early childhood through the elder years and encourage them to develop a holistic understanding of the communication process and to investigate new ways to expand the mind’s potential to formulate, absorb, and express ideas. We are consistently ranked one of the top programs in the United States. For example, the most recent version of US News and World Report ranked Speech and Language Pathology #7 and Audiology #13.

Taskforce on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our Task Force is comprised of 8 distinct working groups reflecting all stakeholders here. Together, we will ensure our values on equity, diversity, and inclusion are central to our research, teaching, and clinical practice missions.

Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP)

The purpose of the MSLP is to recruit and retain racial/ethnic minorities that have been historically under-represented our professions, to provide focused educational programming and activities to build and enhance leadership skills, to provide an understanding of how the association works and to provide an opportunity for program participants to interact with leaders in our professions.

Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

The DDCE is a national model for integrating diversity and community engagement into the core mission of a university. The Division focuses on four core pillars: campus culture, community engagement, education pipeline, and research.

Services for Students with Disabilities

SSD ensures students with disabilities have equal access to their academic experiences at the University of Texas at Austin. SSD also engages in outreach across campus in order to make campus a more inclusive, accessible and welcoming environment for people with disabilities.

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Undergraduate Program

We offer specialization in Audiology, Deafness Studies/Deaf Education, and Speech-Language Pathology. Undergraduate students receive broad academic preparation in the normal processes of communication and its development, as well as in the identification and treatment of communication disorders. Students may choose to pursue a non-professional or professional track.

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Graduate Program

The department has over 250 undergraduate majors, 100 graduate students, and a faculty and staff of over 20. Students in the Department hail from all over the nation. Our graduates enter the clinical, teaching, and research fields throughout the United States and beyond.

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About the Department

Our vision is to be a world leader in research, educational programs, and evidence-based clinical services in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Speech & Hearing Center

The center provides services to individuals with communication problems and serves as a training site for students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.