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Department of COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION
The mission of the Department of Communication Disorders is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to demonstrate broad-based knowledge in communication processes and disorders and to integrate theoretical knowledge and research findings with clinical practicum experiences. The program prepares speech-language pathologists to provide effective diagnostic and treatment services to individuals with a wide variety of speech, language, and hearing impairments. It prepares clinical scientists to generate new knowledge pertaining to communication processes and innovative strategies for evaluating and managing communication disorders. The mission is operationalized through clinical and traditional instructional programs, professional and clinical service, and clinical research. The department provides education for students seeking the bachelor of science (BS), master of science (MS), advanced master (AM), and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees. The department does not offer a degree in education of the deaf.
Students enrolled in programs of the Department of Communication Disorders at The Florida State University are provided unique experiences because of the learning environment. The department is a member of the College of Communication, which provides numerous collateral educational experiences. The L.L. Schendel Clinic for Communication Disorders provides the primary teaching and research laboratory for students and faculty and provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment services to persons in the community and region with communicative disorders. This 40-room facility is the central focus of learning and service activities. Videotape laboratories, diagnostic audiology instrumentation, sound isolation rooms, non-speech systems, and a complement of other clinical resources serve for clinical instruction.
The department also maintains a number of communication science laboratories for the study of physical and psychological aspects of sound, speech, voice, and language. These facilities provide space and highly specialized equipment to students and faculty, including laboratories for study in speech science, voice science, hearing science, emerging language, and adult language.
Requirements for a Major in Communication Disorders
All students enter the program at the junior level and must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 for all course work, have successfully completed The Florida State Universitys liberal studies requirements, and have passed or been exempted from the CLAST. Admission to The Florida State University does not ensure admission to the Department of Communication Disorders, nor does attainment of the minimum grade point average. Formal application to the department is required of all entering majors. Normally, admission is during the fall semester. All materials necessary for admission applications must be submitted directly to the department by April 1st.
The curriculum leading to the baccalaureate degree combines liberal arts education with preprofessional preparation for the graduate program in the department or elsewhere. At the undergraduate level, students are provided experiences relating to the basic processes of hearing, language, and speech. The junior-year course offerings focus on the basic science and developmental foundations considered prerequisite for the speciality curricula initiated during the senior year. To qualify for graduation from the major, all undergraduates in communication disorders must earn a grade of C- or better for each required major course and must have an overall G.P.A. of at least 2.0 in major course work.
Speech-language pathology courses cover the nature, evaluation, and treatment of problems of articulation, language, stuttering, voice, neurophysiological, and structural disorders affecting speech and language. Audiology courses are concerned with the identification, measurement, evaluation, and rehabilitation of persons with hearing impairments. Studies in communication science concern analysis and measurement of components of the production, transmission, and reception of the speech signal.
Undergraduate students learn anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms; sound and its perception; the development of language and communication systems; the components of the English sound system; the neurological bases of speech, language, and hearing; sign language; strategies for clinical intervention; diagnostic/evaluation strategies in speech, language, and hearing; basic concepts related to disorders in language, phonology, and fluency; and professional issues in communication disorders.
The major professional, educational, and clinical experiences occur during graduate studies leading to the masters degree. Eligibility for the certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and state licensure are not possible until the requirements for the masters degree are met.
Requirements for a Minor in Communication Disorders
Requirements for an undergraduate minor in communication disorders are twelve (12) semester hours in departmental courses, with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course. At least six (6) of the twelve (12) semester hours must be completed at The Florida State University. Department approval must be obtained before taking any courses as a minor. Please note that a minor in the department does not qualify a student to apply for our graduate program in speech-language pathology nor for professional certification or licensure.
Definition of Prefixes
LIN - Linguistics
SPA - Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology
LIN 3200. Fundamentals of Phonetics (3). A study of the acoustical and physiological aspects of speech-sound production. An orientation to the international phonetic alphabet and its use for the broad transcription of General American English.
LIN 3200L.Fundamentals of Phonetics Laboratory (1). Prerequisites: Communication disorders majors only. Corequisite: LIN 3200. Laboratory for LIN 3200.
LIN 3710. Normal Communication Development (3). Presents an overview of the cognitive, social, and neurological bases of communication development. Delineates the stages of language development for pragmatics, semantics, and syntax. Highlights the language differences of nonstandard English dialects and bilingualism and introduces language disorders.
SPA 1380.Beginning American Sign Language (4). This course is designed to introduce students to the vocabulary, grammar, and non-verbal aspects of American Sign Language with an emphasis on basic dialogue skills.
SPA 2332.Introduction to Sign Language Systems (2). Introduction to the deaf culture and to sign language as a communication system; encoding and decoding skills of Signed English and finger spelling.
SPA 2335.Deaf Culture (3). This course is designed to acquaint students with the political, cultural, educational and social parameters of Deaf culture. International and United States perspectives are included.
SPA 2382.Intermediate American Sign Language (4). Prerequisite: SPA 1380. This course is designed to expand the students comprehension and production of American Sign Language with a primary emphasis on dialogue. Focus is on increased vocabulary, conceptual accuracy, verb inflections, and ASL idioms.
SPA 3000.Introduction to Language Development and Communication Disorders (3). Normal language and speech development. Overview of major communication disorders and their causes and the nature of hearing disabilities. Nonmajors only.
SPA 3201. Introduction to Articulation Disorders (3). Prerequisite: LIN 3200C. Types of articulation problems and their etiologies; diagnostic techniques for articulation. A laboratory is required.
SPA 3949r. Cooperative Education Work Experience (0). (S/U grade only.)
SPA 4007r. Undergraduate Seminar in Communication Disorders (1-3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A seminar to provide undergraduate students with information on critical issues in the profession or information on innovative methodologies in the remediation of communication disorders. May be repeated to a maximum of three (3) semester hours.
SPA 4011. Introduction to Communication Science (3). Basic acoustics and speech acoustics including frequency, intensity, duration, and wave composition and their psychological correlates, pitch, loudness, time, and sound quality. Lectures and laboratory demonstrations.
SPA 4032. Introduction to Hearing Science (3). An introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the ear, instrumentation in audiometry, and psychoacoustics.
SPA 4101C. Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (4). An introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the systems underlying speech production: respiration, phonation, articulation and resonance. The anatomy and physiology of the ear is also introduced. Lecture and laboratory experiences.
SPA 4104. Neurological Bases of Speech, Language, and Hearing (4). Normal neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of communication. Neuropathologies effecting communication. Prior speech anatomy needed.
SPA 4210. Introduction to Voice Disorders (3). Prerequisite: SPA 4101. Nature and causes of voice disorders; theory and rationale of treatment.
SPA 4224. Introduction to Stuttering Disorders (3). Nature and causes of stuttering disorders; theory and treatment.
SPA 4302. Introduction to Clinical Audiology (3). An introduction to disorders of hearing and the measurement of hearing loss by pure-tone, speech, and impedance audiometry.
SPA 4302L. Introduction to Clinical Audiology Laboratory (1). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite or Corequisite: SPA 4302. This course is the practical application of the techniques learned in SPA 4302.
SPA 4321. Aural (Re)habilitation I (3). Prerequisite: SPA 4302. Diagnostic-evaluation and (re)habilitation techniques.
SPA 4400. Childrens Language Disorders (3). Prerequisite: LIN 3710. Introduction to etiologies, behavioral observations, tests, and basic management procedures of language impairment.
SPA 4410. Acquired Language Disorders (3). Prerequisites: LIN 3710; SPA 4104. Provides the student with the etiological, diagnostic, prognostic, psychosocial, and clinical management aspects of aphasias, apraxias, and dementias; also includes communication problems of patients with right hemisphere damage.
SPA 4501. Clinical Methods (3). This course is designed to acquaint the major with the organizational structures and operations of various professional work settings.
SPA 4503r. Speech-Language Clinical Practicum (1). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: SPA 3201, 4302, 4400. Supervised practice in therapeutic procedures with persons with various speech-language problems. May be repeated to a maximum of three (3) semester hours. Students may enroll in more than one section during the same semester.
SPA 4800. Research Evaluation (3). Elements of quantitative research; application of psychophysiological research methods to human communication problems.
SPA 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). May be repeated to a maximum of eight (8) semester hours. Students may enroll in more than one section during the same semester.
SPA 4970r.Honors Thesis in Communication Disorders (3). Prerequisites: Admission to honors program and Department of Communication Disorders. Course is available to seniors who are majoring in communication disorders and who are interested in undertaking independent and original research under the direction of a faculty member whose area of expertise matches the students interest. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
SPA 5132. Speech Science (3).
SPA 5133r. Instrumentation in Communication Science (1-3).
SPA 5204. Articulation Disorders (3).
SPA 5211. Voice Disorders (3).
SPA 5225. Stuttering Disorders (3).
SPA 5230. Motor Speech Disorders (3).
SPA 5235. Dysphagia and Communication Disorder (3).
SPA 5301Lr. Audiology Laboratory (1).
SPA 5322. Advanced Aural (Re)habilitation (3).
SPA 5354. Industrial Audiology (2).
SPA 5401. Language-Learning Disabilities in School-Age Children (3).
SPA 5404. Communication and Language Intervention with Infants and PreschoolChildren (3).
SPA 5405. Autism and Severe Communicative Disabilities (3).
SPA 5423. Speech and Language for the Hearing Impaired (3).
SPA 5500. Clinical Practicum in the Schools (2). (S/U grade only.)
SPA 5505r. Advanced Speech-Language Pathology Practicum (1-3).
SPA 5506r. Advanced Audiology Practicum (1-3).
SPA 5526L. Laboratory in Clinical Speech Diagnostics (2).
SPA 5546L. Laboratory in Clinical Language Diagnostics (2).
SPA 5553. Seminar in Clinical Differential Diagnosis (1).
SPA 5553L. Laboratory in Clinical Differential Diagnostics (2).
SPA 5554. Interpersonal Skills in the Therapeutic Process (3).
SPA 5554Lr. Supervision and Counseling in Communication Disorders (1).
SPA 5564. Communication and Aging (3).
SPA 5595. Speech-Language Pathology Internship (1-12). (S/U grade only.)
SPA 5906r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
SPA 5910r. Supervised Research (1-6). (S/U grade only.)
SPA 5940r. Supervised Teaching (1-6). (S/U grade only.)
SPA 6142. Measurements of Speech (4).
SPA 6231r. Seminar in Neuropathologies (1-3).
SPA 6825r. Seminar in Speech Pathology (1-3).
SPA 6841r. Seminar in Language (1-3).
SPA 6900r. Readings for the Preliminary Examination (1-6). (S/U grade only.)
SPA 6930r. Seminar in Special Topics (1-3).
For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, dissertation, and masters and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.