Communicative Disorders students typically enjoy working with people and their families and are highly motivated to explore communication problems in depth. These individuals display excellent communication and interpersonal skills. They are highly motivated to complete the training necessary to become licensed professionals. They are creative problem solvers, sensitive to the needs of others, deal with multiple demands, pay close attention to detail, and work effectively in a team environment.

Admission into the Major

Students must have sophomore standing to enroll in any CD course. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). Students can declare a major online under the Student tab of myBama.

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Office of University Registrar explanation of grade point average calculations. Minimum GPA standards are required for clinical practicum. See the Admission to Clinical Practicum section below.


Sophomore standing is required to enroll in any CD course. Completion of all 200-level CD courses (with the exception of CD 277 Preprofessional Lab Experience) is required for enrollment in 300- and 400-level CD courses. CD 377 Clinical Practicum I Speech and CD 445 Audiology Lab Experience are by application only, and permission of the instructor is required prior to enrollment in any CD 350 Independent Study course.

Special Opportunities

The Department of Communicative Disorders provides students an opportunity to participate in research with a departmental faculty member. Students are also encouraged to become active in the local and national chapters of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Junior- and senior-level scholarship awards are available for students majoring in Communicative Disorders. For eligible students, the department also offers clinical practicums for hands-on experience in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Students earning the bachelor of arts degree (BA) with a major in communicative disorders must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

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Major Courses
CD 225Intro Comm Disorders3
CD 226Lang & Speech Develop3
CD 244Phonetics3
CD 275Anat Physio Sech Hear Mechansm3
CD 277Preprofess Lab Experienc1
CD 308Speech Disorders I3
CD 309Speech Disorders II3
CD 351Hearing Science3
CD 402Psychology of Language3
CD 411Speech Science3
CD 443Basic Audiology3
CD 444Aural Rehabilitation3
CD 462Neuro for CD3
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in communicative disorders requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major. Many of these courses can be used to satisfy general education requirements.
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
Select one of the following biological science courses:4
Intro Biology Non Maj I
Intro Biology Non Maj II
Principles Of Biology I
Laboratory Biology I
Principles Biology II
Biology II Laboratory
Honors General Biology I
Honors Gen Biology II
Select one of the following physical science courses:4
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry
Introductory Org Chem
Honors General Chemistry
Honors General Chemistry
General Physics I
General Physics II
General Physics W/Calc I
General Physics W/Calc II
Descriptive Physics for Non-Science Major
Honors Gen Ph W/Calculus
Honors Gen Ph W/Calculus II
Select one of the following statistics courses:3
Educational Statistics
Elem Statistical Methods
Statistical Data Analysis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 51
Total Hours51


Students may choose to take elective CD courses:

CD 350Independent Study1-3
CD 377Clin Practicum I Speech3
CD 445Audiology Lab Experience1-3
CD 449Sociolinguistics in SLP3

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Required Minor

This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional Major Requirements

Students are advised that the communicative disorders major is considered to be pre-professional. A master's degree or the equivalent is necessary for membership in and certification by the national professional organizations and for licensure by the state of Alabama and most other states. The Department of Communicative Disorders offers a program leading to the master of science degree in speech-language pathology (see UA graduate catalog).

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.

Students majoring in communicative disorders who wish to participate in clinical practicum or audiology practicum must apply for admission into CD 377 Clin Practicum I Speech or CD 445 Audiology Lab Experience.

Admission into Clinical Practicum

Admission requirements include the following:

  • minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • completion and minimum 3.0 GPA in all of the following:
CD 225Intro Comm Disorders3
CD 226Lang & Speech Develop3
CD 244Phonetics3
CD 275Anat Physio Sech Hear Mechansm3
CD 277Preprofess Lab Experienc1
CD 308Speech Disorders I3
  • Satisfactory performance on a departmental speech and language proficiency test and hearing screening as determined by the Evaluation Committee (NOTE: Failure of the speech and language test requires enrollment in speech-language therapy and retesting to determine if admission to the clinical practicum is possible. Appropriate follow-up steps recommended by the Evaluation Committee must be taken if a student fails the hearing screening.)
  • The electronic application is on our department website

Types of Jobs Accepted

The undergraduate program is not the terminal degree for either the speech-language pathology or audiology professions. Our recent graduate students have accepted positions in local and national schools, hospitals, and skilled-nursing facilities.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center