Communication Disorders: Sample 4-Year Plan

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

TRU 115: Self & Society Seminar Communication Disorders
Essential Skills: ENG 190: Writing as Critical Thinking
Foreign Language - Elementary
Scientific - Life Science Mode (not AGSC 100 ) *
BIOL 100: Biology (fulfills both Life Science Mode and required support)
CMDS 101, Clinical Observation I

SPRING - Semester 2

CMDS 200 Introduction to Communication Disorders (if not taken Fall Semester as TRU 115) or Elective
Essential Skills: COMM 170 Fundamentals of Speech
Social Scientific Mode: PSYC 166 General Psychology
(fulfills both social science and required support)
Foreign Language - Elementary
Essential Skills: MATH 156: College Algebra **
CMDS 101, Clinical Observation [if not taken Fall Semester]

FALL - Semester 3

CMDS 261: Phonetics
BA or BS requirement
Aesthetic - Literature Mode *
Essential Skills : MATH 157: Plane Trigonometry **
Scientific - Physical Science Mode *
CHEM 100: Chemistry for Contemporary Living OR PHYS 100: Concepts in Physics (fulfills Physical Science Mode and required support)

SPRING - Semester 4

CMDS 261: Phonetics (if not taken Fall Semester)
CMDS 460: Language Development (not concurrently with CMDS 261)
Missouri Statute
Required Support:
PSYC 332: Child Development or
PSYC 377: Developmental Psychology
BA or BS requirement
Aesthetic - Fine Arts Mode*
Elective

FALL - Semester 5

CMDS Language Development [if not taken in Spring]
CMDS 470: The Speech Mechanism
CMDS 472: Audiology

Required Support: LING 238: Introduction to Linguistics
Essential/Required Support: Stat 190: Basic Statistics
Philosophical/Religious mode*
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, Collaboration and Consultation With Patients and Families of Individuals with Communication Disorders

Interdisciplinary, Writing-Enhanced Junior Seminar
Historical Mode

FALL - Semester 7

CMDA 474: Speech & Hearing Science
CMDS 490: Professional Issues in Communication Disorders
CAPSTONE OPTION 1:
CMDS 480 Clinical Practice [WE] -

Elective [CMDS 475, Sign Language] 
Elective
Intercultural Perspective *
Elective

SPRING - Semester 8

CAPSTONE OPTION 2:
CMDS 489: Culminating Experience in Communication Disorders [WE]
Students must complete one elective to obtain 30 hours in the CMDS major OR
CAPSTONE OPTION 1:
CMDS 480 Clinical Practice [WE]* -and-
CMDS 550: Counseling, Collaboration and Consultation With Patients and Families of Individuals with Communication Disorders
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 Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework
**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]
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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