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Margaret L. Johnson, Chair, Professor
Carol L. Koch, Associate Professor
Karen L. Thatcher, Associate Professor
Candice Adams-Mitchell, Assistant Professor
Hollea Ryan, Assistant Professor
Kelly Martin Bagby, Instructor and Director of Clinical Education
Laura S. Promer, Instructor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDS) in the School of Health Professions is to prepare highly qualified speech-language pathologists through faith-based academic coursework and clinical placements designed to foster lifelong learning, attainment of personal career goals and high moral and ethical competency so that practitioners will be of service to others in their community and throughout the world.
Vision for the CSDS Department
- Learning through commitment
- Preparing professionals for service
- Distinctive education for the 21st century clinician
- Helping and serving others through educational experiences
- Creating leaders as speech-language pathologists and audiologists
CSDS Code of Values and Philosophy
- Faith - we live our faith by our words and actions
- Excellence - we strive for excellence in our academic programming and in our students’ learning outcomes
- Integrity - we embrace persons who hold themselves to a higher standard
- Learning - we provide a platform for becoming lifelong learners
- Teamwork - we believe that together we are stronger
- Service - we believe in serving others as our gifts and talents allow
“Don’t be jealous or proud; be humble and consider others more important than yourselves. Care about them as much as you care about yourselves and think the same way that Jesus thought.” Philippians 2: 3-5
Undergraduate Programs and Requirements
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDS) offers a major in communication sciences and disorders leading to a bachelor of science degree. Students are required to earn at least 50 percent of the credit for a first undergraduate degree in each degree program from Samford.
The department also offers a minor in communication sciences and disorders.
Freshman applicants: Must be accepted for admission to Samford University. Must achieve a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT or 1000 on the SAT. High school graduates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, have completed four units of English, two units of math, and two units of lab sciences with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
Transfer students with less than 24 semester credits or 36 quarter credits in total at other institutions must also meet the requirements of entering freshmen.
Transfer students with 24 credits or more must meet one of the following admission requirements:
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all coursework and a 21 ACT or 1000 SAT within the last five years.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework attempted.
Program Specific Requirements:
Progression Policy: In order to progress in the undergraduate program in communication sciences and disorders, the student must:
- Have a completed Health Data Record (with all required immunizations) updated annually and on file in the CSDS department.
- Submit negative results on drug screen and background check.
- Have a signed HIPAA confidentiality statement on file in the CSDS department.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on all coursework.
- Make a grade of B- or better in each required or prescribed course in the CSDS curriculum. Note: A grade of C or lower constitutes failure in any required or prescribed course in the CSDS curriculum. The CSDS department will accept no lower than a C- in any required general education course.
- A student will be allowed to take a failed CSDS course one additional time, but must make greater than a B- for a passing grade.
- A student who fails (C) two CSDS courses will be terminated from the department.
- A student may not enroll in any CSDS course more than twice.
University Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements
General Education Requirements are detailed in the degree table, with some exceptions. In those cases where a requirement is not specified, consult the University Core Curriculum & General Education Requirements and the Physical Activity Program for a list of applicable activity courses.
CoursesCommunication Sciences & Disorders