Communicative Disorders



Students majoring in communicative disorders obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in a variety of education and health related positions.

Fast Fact: In the last five years, enrollment in the communicative disorders program is up 23.2 percent.

Undergraduate study in communicative disorders provides students with information regarding the normal development of speech, language and hearing and requires additional coursework related to mathematics, physics, biology, psychology, child and adult development and counseling. Students in this major are often preparing for professional practice as either audiologists, rehabilitation counselors or speech-language pathologists, although some graduates choose not to pursue a graduate degree and use the acquired knowledge as a strong foundation for employment in human services, educational fields or healthcare.

Learn more about our bachelor’s degree completion pathway for College of DuPage Speech-Language Pathology Assistant students.

Take This Step to Become a Speech-language Pathologist

A select number of seats in the Master of Communicative Disorders, specialization in speech-language pathology program are exclusively reserved for University Honors freshman students who declare Communicative Disorders as a major. To take advantage of this program, students must graduate with a Communicative Disorders undergraduate degree and complete full University Honors requirements within four years.

To learn more about working to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat various forms of communication disorders, speak with an Honors advisor or the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders at ahcd@niu.edu.

Contact Us

School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
340 Wirtz Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115

815-753-1484
ahcd@niu.edu 

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 8 a.m.–noon, and 1–4:30 p.m.

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