Jean Neils-Strunjas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Program Coordinator
Office: 151 Ashmore Hall
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Communication Sciences and Disorders Program
Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences
Armstrong Atlantic State University's Communication Sciences and Disorders program prepares students for graduate study in the fields of speech-language pathology and/or audiology. Professionals in these fields evaluate and develop intervention plans for individuals of all ages with speech, language, cognitive, swallowing, and hearing impairments.
With nearly 10 percent of the world's population affected by communication disorders, the field of communication sciences and disorders is an area of critical need. Work sites include schools, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health care, and private practice. Graduates will meet the expanding need in southeast Georgia, the state, region, and country.
- Speech-language pathologist
- Research scientist
The program offers state of the art classrooms, technology labs, and the RiteCare Center for Communication Disorders located at the Savannah Mall. The center provides opportunities for students to observe supervised evaluations and treatment of children and adults, and to collaborate with faculty on research projects. Additionally, senior level students earn a minimum of 25 directed clinical observation hours and participate in a clinical experience in the RiteCare Center. Faculty offer personalized attention to our students by maintaining a low student-to-faculty ratio. Prerequisite coursework prepares our undergraduates for graduate school, while use of technology and sensitivity to diversity are integral components of the training program. The major has an active National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association chapter which offers excellent opportunities for involvement in a professional organization. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provides a comprehensive, sequential hierarchy of courses designed to develop the highest qualities of character, commitment and professional competence in undergraduate students.
Course of Study
The 120-semester hour curriculum leading to a degree in communication sciences and disorders includes core requirements, major courses and related professional courses. The core requirements include courses in math, English, basic sciences, humanities and fine arts, social sciences, ethics and values, and global perspectives. Students admitted to communication sciences and disorders major courses are exposed to coursework focusing on the principles of the discipline. Armstrong offers both bachelor's and master's degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders. A master's degree in the discipline is necessary to obtain licensure and certification for a career as a speech-language pathologist.