The plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

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Sample Four Year Plan: Communication Disorders (BS or BA)

Bold face courses must be taken in sequence

FALL - Semester 1

CMDS 200, Introduction to Communication Disorders 
TRU 110 Self &Society Seminar
TRU 100 Truman Symposium 1
Communication Skills Perspective: ENG 190 Writing as Critical Thinking
Foreign Language - Elementary
Humanities and Aesthetic Perspectives *

SPRING - Semester 2

CMDS 200 Introduction to Communication Disorders (if not taken Fall Semester) or Elective
Communication Skills Perspective: COMM 170 Pubic Speaking
Social Perspective: PSYC 166 General Psychology
   (fulfills both Social Perspective and required support)
Foreign Language - Elementary
STEM Perspective: MATH 156 College Algebra **

FALL - Semester 3

CMDS 261 Phonetics
BA or BS requirement
Humanities and Aesthetic Perspectives*
STEM Perspective: MATH 157 Plane Trigonometry **
STEM Perspective*
   CHEM 100 Chemistry for Contemporary Living OR
   PHYS 100 Concepts in Physics
   (fulfills STEM Perspective and required support)

SPRING - Semester 4

CMDS 101, Clinical Observation I 
CMDS 261 Phonetics (if not taken Fall Semester) 
CMDS 460 Language Development (not concurrently with CMDS 261) 
Social Perspective: Missouri Statute:
Required Support:
-PSYC 332, Child Development or
-PSYC 377, Developmental Psychology
BA or BS requirement
STEM Perspective (not AGSC 100) *
    BIOL 100 Biology:
    (fulfills both STEM Perspective and required support)

FALL - Semester 5

CMDS 460 Language Development [if not taken in Spring]
CMDS 470 The Speech Mechanism
CMDS 472 Audiology
Required Support: LING 238 Introduction to Linguistics
Mission Specific Requirement Required Support: STAT 190 Basic Statistics
CMDS 301, Clinical Observation II

SPRING - Semester 6

CMDS 380 Principles of Clinical Management
CMDS 473 Aural Rehabilitation △
CMDS 477 Articulation and Phonology △
CMDS 550, Counseling, in Communication Disorders △
Interdisciplinary, Writing-Enhanced Junior Seminar
Social Perspective

FALL - Semester 7

CMDS 474 Speech & Hearing Science
CMDS 490 Professional Issues in Communication Disorders
   CMDS 480 Clinical Practice Capstone [WE]
Elective [CMDS 475, Sign Language] 
Humanities and Aesthetic Perspectives *
Intercultural Requirement*



SPRING - Semester 8

  CMDS 489 Capstone in Communication Disorders [WE]
  Students must complete one elective to obtain 30 hours in the CMDS Major
   CMDS 480 Clinical Practice Capstone [WE]* - and
   CMDS 550, Counseling, in Communication Disorders  [if not taken Junior Year Spring Semester] 
Students must complete one elective to obtain 30 hours in the CMDS Major
Elective [if needed] CMDS 520, Interprofessional Healthcare Team Experience
Elective ◆
Elective ◆
Elective ◆

CMDS 475: Sign Language if offered as an elective
*or other Prospective course
**MATH 186 Elementary Functions can be taken in place of MATH 156: College Algebra and MATH 157: Plane Trigonometry.
△ - CMDS 473, 477, and 550 are required for CMDS 480, Clinical Practice [CAPSTONE 1]. These are not required for [CAPSTONE OPTION 2: CMDS 489]
It is strongly recommended that 25 hours of observation be completed prior to enrolling in CMDS 489.
WE = Writing Enhanced
NOTE: Selected graduate courses may be taken Fall or Spring Semester senior year if undergraduate hours are not needed (e.g., CMDS 567 - Neural Bases; or CMDS 578 - AAC)

Department chair: Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence with any updates to the plan above.

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

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