Communication Sciences and Disorders

Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is a division of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at the University of Texas-Pan American. The Department offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree and graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. The undergraduate and graduate programs together enroll approximately 100 students majoring in communication disorders. The graduate program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation. The Department manages and staffs the Speech and Hearing Center, which houses the speech-language and audiology clinics, which are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for providing a wide variety of speech, language, and hearing services to clients of all ages.


The Mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is as follows:
1.     The program prepares students for independent professional practice as speech-language pathologists for service in a diverse and multicultural society.
2.     The program provides students with instruction in speech, language, swallowing, and hearing though innovative delivery systems that leads to the master’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and professional license and certification.
3.     Through teaching, research, creative activity, and public service in communication sciences and disorders, the Program prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership roles in the region, state, nation and world communities.
4.     The program is committed to enhancing the quality of life and communication needs of individuals in the region and state.



Speech and Hearing Center

Speech and Hearing website


The Master's of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders Education program in speech-language pathology at the University of Texas-Pan American is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has experienced a change in program director as of September 1st, 2011.

Dr. Ruth Crutchfield, SLP., CCC-SLP is now the program director of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at the University of Texas Pan American. The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association was notified of this change as of September 19, 2011.