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University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
University of Pittsburgh Johnstown    
2022-2023 Johnstown Campus Catalog 
  Jul 17, 2024
2022-2023 Johnstown Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communication Science

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This major focuses on the physical and psychological foundations of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing to prepare students for graduate work in speech-language pathology, audiology, and related fields. Completion of a professional graduate program is required to become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

Students should complete the relocation form to transfer to the communication science program after successful completion of at least 45 of the required general education credits. It is not necessary to complete all of the listed prerequisites, as any prerequisite courses not completed can be taken after relocation. It is advisable, however, to include as many as possible in the 60 prerequisite credits. There is no minimum grade requirement for each course, but students must earn a cumulative QPA of 2.5.

Prerequisite Courses:

W(Writing-Enhanced) Courses (3 credits)

  • Any writing-enhanced course

Second Language or American Sign Language (6 credits)

If not exempt*

Algebra (3 credits)

Literature (3 credits)

  • Any literature course

Music or Art (3 credits)

  • Any fine arts course or any music course except 0060, 0062, 0064, 0069, 0531 and 1905

Second Literature, Music, or Art (3 credits)

Select from those described above

History (3 credits)

  • Any History course

Social Science/Public Policy (6 credits)

  • Any Social Science course except History

Philosophy (3 credits)

  • Any Philosophy course

Natural Sciences (9 credits)

  • Two courses from Life Sciences, e.g., Biology, Psychology and one course from either Geology, Physics, or Chemistry

International Culture (6 credits)

  • Course dealing with Western cultures, e.g., History of Western Civilization Course dealing with Western cultures, e.g., History of Western Civilization

International Culture (3 credits)

  • Courses dealing with non-Western cultures, e.g., Caribbean cultures offered in anthropology


*Second language requirement satisfied by three years of second language in high school.

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