Academic offerings: Nationally known for leadership in issues of diversity, multicultural education, and research, the Department places special emphasis on the harmful interplay between urban poverty and communication disorders. The Department offers a variety of classes that deal with development of speech, language and communication skills in children and also with communication disorders that affect them. Difficulty with any level of language development can significantly impair the ability to learn and master reading. Speaking, comprehending, and reading are essential to school success.
Experiential learning: There are opportunities for community service in both educational and health-care settings in urban environments. Students are also encouraged to do research, including a senior capstone project. Seniors may elect to do a clinical practicum in the Departmental Clinic, where they would be part of a team helping persons with communication disabilities.
Employment opportunities: To become a speech-language pathologists or audiologists, one must complete the undergraduate degree and then get a graduate degree. According to the 2008-09 report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment prospects in educational settings are excellent. Concerning working in schools, it states "Employment in educational services will increase with the growth in elementary and secondary school enrollments, including enrollment of special education students. Federal law guarantees special education and related services to all eligible children with disabilities. Greater awareness of the importance of early identification and diagnosis of speech and language disorders in young children will also increase employment"
Students also can utilize their undergraduate degree in communication disorders in application to other post-graduate schools such as medicine or law. In addition those persons with a bachelor's degree in communication disorders often find work in a variety of positions in business, education, or health care.