Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Head of Department

Becky Saterbak


HSU Box 16095


John Ashby, Ph.D., Visiting Professor
Becky Saterbak, M.A., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
DeeAnn Shelton, Ed.D, Assistant Professor


A major in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides an academically challenging pre-professional education in the field of speech-language-hearing pathology in an environment that encourages intellectual and spiritual growth in preparation for graduate school or for licensure as a Communication Sciences and Disorders Assistant. Support courses are provided in the fields of biology, physics, and psychology that are required for professional certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Students are encouraged to lead lives of service to individuals across the life span who have communication delays or disorders by providing clinical opportunities in a variety of assessment and treatment settings.

A student may elect Communication Sciences and Disorders as an academic major.

Bachelor of Arts

The Communication Sciences and Disorders major requires a minimum of 46 credit hours. Foreign language requirements and options for meeting the minor requirements for the BA are discussed in Bachelor Of Arts Degree (BA) of this catalog. A minor in Psychology is recommended.

Bachelor of Behavioral Science or Bachelor of Science

The Communication Sciences and Disorders major requires a minimum of 46 credit hours. A student may choose to earn a minor or an interdisciplinary degree.

Note: To receive credit toward the major, a student must receive a grade of “C” or better in all CSD major and support courses.

Pre-requisites for participation in clinical courses and internship/externship placement include a minimum GPA of 3.0 in CSD courses; completion of specified coursework; specific site requirements (including a background check, drug testing and proof of immunization; submission of contract materials and proof of liability insurance; and permission of department head).

NOTE: Any behavior in opposition with Hardin-Simmons University standards or any violation of the Code of Ethics of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or the Texas for Department of Licensing & Regulation for Speech Language Pathology & Audiology may result in dismissal from clinical internship and/or a report being filed with the appropriate professional organization.