Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

CSDS students practicing hearing tests on each other

Helping people overcome speech and hearing disorders is a calling, offering those called to the profession years of fulfilling service that makes a difference in the lives of others. We prepare highly qualified speech language pathologists and audiologists through faith-based academic coursework and clinical placements designed to foster lifelong learning. We will help you reach your personal career goals, while helping you develop high moral and ethical competency so that you will be of service to others in your community and throughout the world.

In these fields, a graduate degree is essential. Our entire undergraduate program is designed to give you the educational foundation and practical experience you need in preparation for the world’s leading graduate school programs.

Why Samford?+

There are a number of reasons to consider studying communication sciences and disorders. Rigorous academics, a committed, passionate faculty, and extensive hands-on clinical experiences. Here, you’ll also find:

  • Low student-to-teacher ratio in the classroom
  • Highly educated and experienced faculty who are readily available to you
  • Excellent observation opportunities in major health care facilities in metro Birmingham
  • An assigned departmental academic advisor, in addition to a health professions advisor
  • Educational and medical mission trip opportunities that fulfill service learning requirements
  • A curriculum that is updated as needed to reflect the ever-evolving trends and practices in the health care industry

Admission Requirements+

Prospective students must apply for admission to Samford University at samford.edu/admission.

Program Specific Requirements:  

To progress in the undergraduate program, students must do the following:

  • Have a completed College of Health Sciences Health Form and Immunization Record updated annually on file
  • Submit negative results on drug screen and background check
  • Have a signed HIPAA statement on file
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on all coursework.  

Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, 205-726-4078 or disability@samford.edu.

We cannot issue an I-20 for this program at this time.

Life in the Program+

“Although I am unsure of whether I want to work with children or adults or what setting I'll end up in (a school system, hospital, rehabilitation center or private practice), I am grateful to our department's faculty for their willingness to mentor me and my classmates as we continue our studies and grow as speech-language pathologists.” 

- Sarah Grove '16

“Communication is a building block for a good quality of life. I am excited about a career in speech pathology because I have a desire to impact those with diminished communication skills. This challenge provides an excellent career choice that is rewarding and allows me to continue to learn while on the job. Additionally, Speech Pathology provides flexibility and variety of employment and a comfortable work environment.” 

- Murphy McCrary '16

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