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Health and Human Performance: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Why study Health and Human Performance: Communication Sciences and Disorders at APSU?

Undergraduates who value people and want to help others establish or maintain their social and vocational roles, such as mother; father; grandfather; husband; wife; sister; brother; best friend; soldier; teacher; scientist; hostess; mailman; and cashier, will appreciate the study of communication sciences and disorders. Human communication is a fundamental skill that is at the core of all relationships and opportunities to learn. If you have a desire to help others and really make a difference you will enjoy discovering how the brain works to help us communicate, learn and swallow.

Undergraduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders will build their knowledge of human communication through coursework, hands on learning, and observation. The curriculum includes experience with a variety of clinical populations at the APSU Speech-Language & Swallowing Community Clinic.

Read more here about the value of an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders: https://www.asha.org/academic/value-of-the-undergraduate-degree-in-csd/


What will I learn?

Undergraduates will learn how we talk using speech and language, nonverbal forms of communication and alternative forms of communication. Students will learn the underlying anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing and even how we use these structures for swallowing to maintain adequate nutrition and hydration. In addition to a strong core of basic science, undergrads will learn characteristics and etiologies of a variety of communication disorders.  Most importantly, students will learn about the people who experience communication disorders and the impact on functioning in everyday life.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are the HHP club.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.  HHP students will participate in a semester long 12 credit hour internship.

What do Health and Human Performance: Concentration Communication Sciences and Disorders Majors do after Graduation?

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are trained in human communication and disorders across the lifespan and thus, are prepared to work in a number of settings:

To learn more about careers, please visit:  https://marketing.asha.org/work-settings/

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