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Communication disorders encompass a wide variety of problems in speech, language, and hearing. Speech and language impairments include voice disorder, articulation problems, fluency problems, aphasia, phonological problems, and delays in speech or language. Hearing impairments include partial hearing and deafness. We teach students to understand and treat these challenges throughout the entire lifespan of human development from early childhood through the elder years and encourage them to develop a holistic understanding of the communication process and to investigate new ways to expand the mind's potential to formulate, absorb, and express ideas.

Declare This Major

Current UT students interested in transferring to the Moody College of Communication may submit an internal transfer application, which is open every February (for summer/fall admission) and September (for spring admission). Visit the internal transfer website for the application and the dates of our internal transfer information sessions. Students must have attended an information session within the past year before they will be allowed to apply. Information session attendance is also required before a student may meet with the Internal Transfer Advisor.

To apply, students who are not already enrolled in the Moody College must submit an online application.

Students are notified of the committee's decision in late May/early June (for summer/fall admission) or early January (for spring admission). Students accepted via Internal Transfer will not be allowed to change to a different Moody major, or add a second Moody major, afterward except by special permission of the Student Deans. Students must attend an information session before they can make an advising appointment with the Internal Transfer Advisor.

Students must have an overall UT GPA of at least 2.25 and a Communication GPA of at least 2.0 in order to be considered for an internal transfer into the college. Students who want to add a second major (or change their current second major) must have 30 hours in-residence and minimum UT and Communication GPAs of 2.75. Priority is given to applicants who have already successfully completed some coursework in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Students who are not already enrolled in the Moody College of Communication may only apply to the Moody College twice, and these attempts must be completed within their first four long-semesters at UT. However, no student may apply to the Moody College during his/her first semester enrolled at UT.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View degree requirements and checklists to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Learn about research opportunities and internships in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.


Students must choose one of three specializations:

  • Audiology is the study of hearing and its disorders.
  • Deafness Studies/Deaf Education is a track of study for students whose ultimate goal is to become certified teachers of deaf children, teachers in the field of deafness studies and American Sign Language, or who wish to work in some other capacity with deaf individuals.
  • Speech/Language Pathology students obtain knowledge of normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing and engage in coursework pertaining to the evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

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  • Curious
  • Problem solver
  • Sensitive
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Empathic
  • Attentive to details
  • Leadership
  • Appreciates diversity
  • Creative


  • Quantitative thinking and analytical reasoning
  • Understand communication abilities & disorders across lifespan
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally
  • Collaborate in small and large groups
  • Enhance cultural sensitivity
  • Meet pre-requisites for graduate study in audiology and speech-language pathology