Communication Sciences & Disorders

B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders seeks to advance the study of human communication sciences and disorders within a culturally and linguistically diverse society. Intellectual growth is promoted through the recognition and expression of multiple theoretical, cultural and individual perspectives. The Department fosters respect for diversity and a commitment to serve individuals with communication problems.

The 120-credit B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders seeks to provide students with a broad, liberal arts and sciences foundation; a knowledge base specific to speech-language pathology and audiology; and the skills necessary to integrate knowledge across areas in preparation for graduate study in speech-language pathology.

The department offers a pre-professional program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). Upon graduation, students will be prepared to begin their graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology.

Students who wish to major in CSD must make an appointment to see the undergraduate program director for an initial meeting. Students accepted into the department will be assigned a departmental advisor. Thereafter, the student should schedule a meeting with his or her advisor at least once a term. Students must bring an unofficial transcript of their grades to all advisement meetings. The advisor will check grades and prerequisite courses as the student is assigned into specific classes. Advisors will also assist students in developing objectives, exploring career possibilities, and devising a personalized plan of study that will best prepare them for graduate study.

Program Requirements

Academic Standing

The program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a pre-professional program in Speech-Language Pathology. This is a very competitive profession. There are many students competing for admission into graduate school, and graduate programs in the greater New York area accept a limited number of students each year. A graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology is necessary in order to qualify for professional certification and licensure: the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the New York State License in Speech-Language Pathology. In order to ensure your success, we have established the following academic standards within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at LIU Brooklyn:

  1. Students must attend all class meetings and be in class on time. Consistent absences or lateness will affect students’ final grades.
  2. The following sequence is prerequisite to advanced coursework:
    • SPE 100: Voice and Diction
    • SLP 100: Culture, Communication and Language I
    • SLP 104: Articulatory Phonetics
    • SLP 113: Anatomy & Physiological Bases of Speech and Language I
    • SLP 125: Culture, Communication and Language II
    • SLP 133: Speech Science I: Acoustic Phonetics
    • SLP 213: Anatomy & Physiological Bases of Speech and Language II
    • SLP 231: Language Acquisition Across the Lifespan I: The Early Years
    • SLP 233: Speech Science II: Research Methods and Acoustic Applications
  3. Students must achieve a B- or higher in these courses to continue in the major. Students may repeat a course no more than once. Students must complete foundation and intermediate courses before taking advanced courses. Students are required to honor all course prerequisites and receive acceptable grades to continue in the program. Instructors will not allow students to remain in a class for which prerequisite coursework has not been taken.
  4. It is the responsibility of students to follow the sequence of courses outlined in the undergraduate bulletin.
  5. To continue in the major and take advanced 300 and 400 level courses, students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and achieve and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 across all SLP courses. (i.e., required courses in Speech-Language Pathology or Psychology). Students who receive a grade of C+ in any course must retake that course. If a student receives 2 or more grades of C+, the Academic Standing Committee will review his or her academic record and determine whether he or she will be permitted to continue in the major.
  6. All students are assigned a faculty adviser. Students doing C+ or below work in any course in their major at midterm must see their adviser at once (well before the end of the term).
  7. Students are expected to maintain high standards of ethical conduct and integrity. Any student who violates these standards will be asked to leave the major.
  8. Students who are having difficulty managing the requirements of the program will be directed to appropriate counseling and academic support services by their departmental advisors, and recommendations will be recorded in the student’s file. Students are expected to follow up on all faculty recommendations. Students can also contact the Academic Advisement Center themselves: 718-488-1042.
  9. Students who do not maintain required academic standing as outlined above will be referred to the Departmental Committee on Academic Standing. This committee may recommend dismissal from the CSD major. Grievance procedures are those followed by the university.
  10. Students should be aware that while they may graduate with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in major and minimum SLP GPA of 3.0, most graduate programs in SLP have higher GPA admissions requirements. Therefore, students should strive to earn higher grades than those stipulated above.
Clinical Observation (SLP 410 and 411)

All majors must complete Clinical Observation as part of SLP 410 and 411. As part of these courses, students spend time observing professional speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and obtain a minimum of 12.5 observation hours in each course. Students are expected to uphold all dress codes, attendance requirements, and standards of professional conduct set both by their observation sites and by the program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at LIU Brooklyn.


Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin.

Core curriculum requirements for this major are summarized below:
Core Seminar 3 credits
English Composition 3 credits
English Literature 6 credits
Philosophy 6 credits
Foreign Language 6 credits
Social Sciences
History 6 credits
Social Sciences (ANT, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC) 6 credits
Science and Mathematics
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Science 8 - 10 credits
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Speech 3 credits
Visual & Performing Arts (ART, DNC, MUS, THE) 3 credits
Ancillary Requirements
Following five (5) courses are required:
PSY 107 Developmental Psychology I 3.00
PSY 108 Developmental Psychology II 3.00
PSY 110 Abnormal Psychology 3.00
SPE 100 Voice and Diction 3.00
TAL 251 Students with Special Needs 3.00
One (1) of the following is required:
MTH 100 Introductory Statistics 3.00
PSY 150 Statistics in Psychology 3.00
Major Requirements
Following thirteen (13) courses must be taken:
SLP 100 Culture Communication and Language I 3.00
SLP 104 Phonetics 4.00
SLP 113 Anatomical and Physiological Bases for Speech and Language I 3.00
SLP 125 Culture Communication and Language II 3.00
SLP 133 Speech Science I 3.00
SLP 213 Anatomical and Physiological Bases for Speech and Language I 3.00
SLP 231 Language Acquisition Across the Lifespan I: The Early Years 3.00
SLP 233 Speech Science II 3.00
SLP 321 Audiology I - Hearing Science and Introduction to Audiology 3.00
SLP 331 Language Acquisition Across the Lifespan II: School Age Adolescence, and the Later Years 3.00
SLP 410 Introduction to Communication Disorders I 3.00
SLP 411 Introduction to Communication Disorders II 3.00
SLP 421 Audiology II - Aural Rehabilitation 3.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
  • Minimum Total Credits: 120
  • Minimum Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits: 64
  • Minimum Major Credits: 42
  • Minimum Credits in Courses > 100 Level: 48
  • Ancillary Requirement: see above
  • Minimum Major GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 3.0


Miriam Baigorri, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
Jessica M. Baquero MS, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor & Clinical Placement Coordinator
Valantis Fyndanis, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Gemma Moya-Galé, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
Nelson Moses, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor
Marisa Nagano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Emily Roblee-Perdios, M.S., CCC-SLP, Graduate Program & Clinical Director
Martha Tyrone, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department Chair
Katrien Vermeire, Ph.D., CCC-A, Visiting Professor
Gina Youmans, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor


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