Through inquiry, education, and practice, the undergraduate program in Speech and Hearing Sciences will build a culture of leadership among the students. The shared values of respect, authenticity, accountability, teamwork, and a commitment to serve others will be fostered. This program at ECU takes pride in developing leaders who inspire, empower and influence positive change.
The undergraduate program in speech and hearing sciences is a pre-professional degree, which emphasizes the normal processes of speech, hearing and language and allows the student to explore other academic areas of interest. Since the master's degree is the minimum level of preparation for persons seeking professional careers in this field, the B.S. degree does not qualify the student to work professionally, but is designed to prepare students for graduate studies.
Admission to the university does not assure admission to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students are initially admitted to the General College. In order to be considered for admission to the department, the student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and must have completed CSDI 2100 with a grade of B or better. These requirements are completed by the end of the spring semester of the sophomore year when students apply to the department. Students are generally notified of acceptance during the first week of June. Majors must maintain the overall 3.2 GPA and all CSDI courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C. A major earning a D in any CSDI course must petition the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in writing for probationary continuation and will be required to repeat the course.