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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Communicative Disorders
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Undergraduate Program


The primary goal of the undergraduate program is to provide our students with a broad education in normal and disordered processes of speech, language, hearing and swallowing. This goal has the following objectives:

  • Provide our students with an understanding of normal communication
  • Provide our students with an understanding of the genetic, cultural, neurological, physiological, psychological, and socioeconomic factors which can disrupt normal communicative processes
  • Prepare the student for professional graduate training as speech-language pathologists.

The sequence of undergraduate courses (about 57 units) is from normal processes to disordered processes, and finally, to assessment/management of children, adolescents, and adults with speech, language and/or swallowing disorders.

How to Major in Communicative Disorders

The Communicative Disorders (CD) major is impacted by the California State University. This means that students seeking to become CD majors must satisfy a set of prerequisites before applying to the major. More information can be obtained on-line (below).

To apply to the undergraduate program at California State University, Long Beach, please apply online at