Mission Statement

The department provides academic and clinical preparation in communication sciences and disorders at the undergraduate and graduate level. Students at the undergraduate level are prepared to enter the field at the bachelor's level, to enter other health-care related fields at the undergraduate level or to continue toward the master's degree in communication sciences and disorders. Instructional approaches in the department closely follow the University's strategic plan that embraces 6 core values: foster student success, personalized education, integrative experiences, diversity, innovation and creativity, high ethical standards, and an academic atmosphere that is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. We also strive to provide quality speech and hearing services to the community through our state-of-the-art speech and hearing clinic. One of the goals in the graduate program is to prepare the student to have the academic credentials to be eligible to obtain the California State License, California SLPS credential, and the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Academic and clinical standards in the graduate program will be consistent with the accreditation standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.