Communication Disorders Quick Facts

  • Department: Department of Communication Disorders in the School of Health Sciences and Education
  • Degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Arts
  • Major offered: Communication Disorders
  • Approximate number of students pursuing the major: 140
  • Approximate number of students pursuing the graduate program: 40
  • Full-time faculty: 8
  • Part-time faculty: 1
  • Percentage of faculty who have a doctorate: 56% (remaining faculty members have master’s and are certified SLPs)
  • Departmental student organization: CoDA – Communication Disorders Association


  • 9 faculty members (8 full-time and 1 part-time)
  •  56% of faculty have doctorate degree; remaining 44% have a master’s degree and are certified Speech Language Pathologists
  • Active within professional organizations


  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science offered
  • Master of Arts in Communication Disorders
  • Clinic or non-clinic option as an undergraduate
  • Clinical Practice senior capstone option involves direct clinical experience with a client


  • Explore the use of new technologies or the impact of early intervention in a faculty-led research group.
  • Pursue opportunities through undergraduate research stipends and the McNair Scholars program.
  • Present at Truman’s annual Student Research Conference and professional meetings such as the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention.

Study Abroad

  • Travel to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with fellow students and professors during May interim. Work directly with children who have disabilities and reinforce your Spanish skills.
  • Truman grants you access to over 500 study abroad opportunities in more than 60 countries.


  • The Speech and Hearing Clinic services are provided at no cost to individual clients. This clinic helps over 1,000 people per year within a large geographic area.
  • All therapy rooms have direct observation and video recording capabilities.
  • The extensive collection of clinical technology, assessment, and therapy materials is current and available for everyday use.
  • The Truman-RiteCare Early Literacy Lab provides extra opportunities to explore the speech-language-literacy connection.

Student Organizations

  • Communication Disorders Association (CoDA): Wanting additional preparation for your career? Join this pre-professional organization for those pursuing a degree in Communication Disorders.

After the Degree

  • 85-90% of Communication Disorders students pursue graduate studies.
  • Join our excellent graduate program in speech-language pathology, leading to a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders. Begin your transition to graduate study at Truman in the final semester of your senior year by taking a graduate course and clinical practicum or choose from a variety of excellent graduate programs across the country.
  • Find another calling if you like — other Communication Disorders alumni have pursued graduate study in education, other healthcare-related careers, and service professions like counseling.
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