2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 10, 2023  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communication Disorders and Sciences Department

Regina B. Grantham, chair
Professional Studies Building, Room 2201
(607) 756-5423
Fax: (607) 753-5940
Email: jennifer.stiles@cortland.edu


Professional Studies


Nikki Curtis, Mary Emm, Regina B. Grantham, Michael Pitcher, Irena Vincent, Brent Wilson, Deborah Wilson

Adjunct Faculty

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

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Disabilities (teacher certification)
Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science (non-certification major)

Majors Offered

Speech and Language Disabilities - SLD (teacher certification)
Speech and Hearing Science - SHS (non-certification major)

Minors Offered

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 programs develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that assist students in applying theoretical knowledge to the clinical setting. The department’s pre-professional program includes clinical experiences and opportunities for the completion of requirements for initial certification in New York State as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities, as well as the 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 with clinical practice
  • clinical practicum opportunities (on campus, student teaching)
  • 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 Speech and Hearing Club
  • Center for Speech and Hearing Disorders (provides clinical experience for students as well as a service to the community)
  • independent study experience is available and encouraged
  • opportunity to study abroad in Venezuela and other sites.


  1. Degree requirements listed in this catalog  apply to all Speech and Language Disabilities (SLD), and Speech and Hearing Science majors (SHS)
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: 60 credit hours
  3. Two years of a foreign language or completion of the 202 level for Speech and Language Disabilities (SLD).
    One 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 Language Disabilities may apply for admission to one of the majors 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 one of the Communication Disorders and Sciences majors 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 certification and non-certification majors. If students fail to maintain the required grade point average, they will not be allowed to continue to take courses in the major.