Millions of people are impacted by physical and cognitive disorders that affect their ability to communicate. Biola’s major in communication sciences and disorders prepares you to serve their needs, providing you with the specialized knowledge and clinical training you’ll need for graduate school and a career in this important field.
Why Choose Communication Sciences and Disorders at Biola?
In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s communication sciences and disorders program offers several key advantages:
- A on-campus speech lab allows you to use state-of-the-art equipment — including a digital endoscope, Visipitch, a nasometer, and many AAC devicies — which rarely happens at the undergraduate level.
- The program has both on- and off-campus clinics where you can work with patients from the community, giving you practical, hands-on experience.
- You have the opportunity to graduate with the necessary requirements for graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology.
- The program gives you the foundation you need to enter a growing field; speech-language pathologists were on the list of the 10 most in-demand jobs of 2015, according to research from CareerBuilder and EMSI.
What Will I Study?
As a communication disorders major, you will focus on the basics of understanding speech, language, cognition, swallowing, voice and hearing functions and diagnosis. Course highlights and interesting topics you will learn about include:
- Where communication disorders fits in with other human disabilities
- The causes of communication disorders
- Examining various childhood language disorders
- Exploring the roles of speech-language pathologists
- Anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing
- Neurology of speech, language, and hearing
- Neurological disorders that affect communication
- Cultural sensitivity in assessment and intervention
- New strategies and technology for diagnosis and rehabilitation
- Assessment and treatment of various communication disorders
- Rehabilitation management procedures
Interesting career opportunities in health care, medicine, research or education await graduates of Biola's communication science and disorders program. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:
- Speech-language pathologist
- Speech, language or hearing scientist
- Speech-language pathology assistant
- Other paraprofessional careers, like being a behavioral therapist
What are Graduates Doing Now?
Many communication disorders students pursue graduate studies, while others move directly into ministry or professional roles. God has used Biola graduates in a variety of ways. Highlights include:
- Hospital speech-language pathologist
- Public school speech-language pathologist
- Private practice audiologist
- Public school speech-language pathology assistant
- Post-doctoral fellow at the Mayo Clinic
- Graduate studies at distinguished schools such as: Arizona State University; University of Oregon; University of Kansas; San Diego State University; University of Redlands; CSU Northridge; CSU Fullerton; CSU Long Beach; University of Arizona; Texas Christian University; Loma Linda University; Northwestern University; New York University; Columbia University; University of Washington; Eastern Washington University; Loma Linda University; and Chapman University