2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communication Disorders and Sciences Department

Ann Blanton, chair
Professional Studies Building, Room 2201
Fax: 607-753-5940
Email: department secretary

School of Professional Studies

Students working along side of a child


Ann Blanton, Mary Emm, Eileen Gilroy, Regina B. Grantham, Joan Luckhurst, Deborah Matheron, Michael Pitcher, Chea Snyder, Jill Toftegaard, Irena Vincent, Deborah Wilson

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration  section.

Degree and Minor

Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science (non-certification major)
Minor in Speech and Hearing Science


The Communication Disorders and Sciences Department provides a solid, well-rounded education with emphasis on speech language pathology and audiology, including theoretical foundations of normal communication; theoretical and research-based information on communication disorders; educational principles; experiential/active learning; technological aspects; and multicultural issues.

The program develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills that assist students in applying theoretical knowledge to the clinical setting. The department's pre-professional program offers development of competencies to pursue further study at the graduate level.

Special Features

  • Provides an excellent background to pursue graduate study
  • Integrates theory and research
  • Caring, mentoring faculty dedicated to teaching cutting edge theory and clinical methods as well as being involved in research, scholarship and professional standard setting
  • Individual class meetings and the SUNY Cortland chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Center for Speech and Hearing Disorders (provides clinical observation for students as well as a service to the community)
  • Independent study experience is available and encouraged
  • Study abroad is encouraged


  1. Degree requirements  listed in this catalog apply to the Speech and Hearing Science [SHS] major
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: 60 credit hours
  3.  A full year of a foreign language or completion of the 102 level for Speech and Hearing Science [SHS].

SUNY Cortland students and transfer students below junior status wishing to major in Speech and Hearing Science may apply for admission after the completion of at least 12 credit hours at SUNY Cortland with a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or better.

Transfer students with junior level or higher standing will be allowed to declare the Speech and Hearing Science major upon admission to the College.

Students are expected to maintain a 2.7 overall grade point average and a 2.7 grade point average in Communication Disorders and Sciences courses to continue to take courses in the major. If students fail to maintain the required grade point average, they will not be allowed to continue to take courses in the major.