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Communication Disorders

What You Study

The Communication Sciences & Disorders (speech-language pathology) major requires coursework of undergraduate study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. OBU offers a unique program that integrates a Christian perspective with academic excellence. In addition to the CMDS courses, the program includes a liberal arts core giving a strong foundation for future academic and professional experiences.

Course Descriptions

CMDS 1013 Phonetics
A study of the International Phonetic Alphabet and standard regional dialects. An analysis of speech sounds with an emphasis on phonetic transcription, pronunciation, and effective communication.
Spring.

CMDS 2023 Introduction to Communication Disorders
The study of the development of speech in the child, etiology and principles of therapy of speech
disorders, including the areas of articulation, language, voice and fluency.
Fall.

CMDS 3003 Clinical Management
Clinical procedures for working in various practicum settings, using diagnostic and therapeutic
techniques, writing behavioral objectives, observations and procedures for report writing.
Prerequisite: CMDS 2023 or consent of instructor. Fall.

CMDS 3013 Voice Disorders or CMDS 3113 Fluency Disorders

  • Voice Disorders
    Study of normal voice function and voice pathologies including evaluation techniques and specific
    remediation procedures for patients with voice disorders.
    Prerequisite: CMDS 2023. Fall of odd numbered years.
  • Fluency Disorders
    Study of the nature and theories of stuttering, diagnosis, and treatment procedures.
    Prerequisite: CMDS 2023. Spring of even numbered years.

CMDS 3023 Vocal Anatomy
A study of the structure and function of the speaking mechanism.
Fall of even numbered years.

CMDS 3063 Language Development
An introduction to linguistics as well as a study of developmental psycholinguistics as related to the
acquisition of language and speech as well as normal phonological development.
Prerequisite: CMDS 2023. Fall of odd numbered years.

CMDS 4003 Introduction to Audiology
An introduction to the problems of the deaf and hearing impaired, the classification of hearing
disorders and development of audiometry through pure tone techniques are considered.
Spring of odd numbered years.

CMDS 4013 Diagnostic Methods
Procedural guide for evaluation of speech and language disorders in children and adults, and
effective usage of available testing materials.
Spring of odd numbered years.

CMDS 4033 Fundamentals of Speech and Hearing Science
Basic principles of acoustics related to speech and hearing are studied. Areas covered include basic
sound, mathematical computation of sound intensity and pressure, and physiological aspects of
acoustics.
Fall of even numbered years.

CMDS 4040.5 Clinical Observation
Supervised observation of evaluation and therapeutic management of a variety of communication
disorders.
Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in, or completion of CMDS 2023, 3003, or consent of instructor. Fall, Spring.

CMDS 4053 Language Disorders
A study of the etiology, pathology and remediation of language disorders and articulation disorders in children and adults.
Prerequisite: CMDS 2023. Spring of even numbered years.

CMDS 4063 Articulation and Phonological Disorders
Identification, classification, analysis, and remediation of phonological and articulation disorders in
children.
Prerequisite: CMDS 2023. Spring of even numbered years.

CMDS 4140.5 – 4143 (minimum of 2.5 hours) Clinical Practicum
Supervised participation in evaluation and therapeutic management of a variety of communication
disorders. (May be repeated for credit.)
Prerequisite: CMDS 4040.5 and an overall grade point average of 2.500 or consent of instructor.
Fall, Spring.

Two of the following to equal minimum of 5 hours:
SPCM 1003 Fundamentals of Speech
SOCI 2023 Introduction to Social Sciences
BIOL 3064 Neuroscience
ENGL 3073 Introduction to Linguistics
DIET 3083 Community & Life Cycle Nutrition
DIET 3203 Nutrition Counseling & Education
NSCI 4002 Medical Terminology
PHIL 4103 Biomedical Ethics

Eighteen hours in one related field.
(The requirement for a minor is waived.)

Requirements for a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders:
CMDS 1013 Phonetics
CMDS 2023 Introduction to Communication Disorders
CMDS 3003 Clinical Management
CMDS 3023 Vocal Anatomy
CMDS 3063 Language Development
CMDS 4053 Language Disorders