Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health
Communication Sciences & Disorders


 Undergraduate Index

Elaine M. Frank, Chair

Research Professor

    Allen A. Montgomery, Ph.D., Purdue University, 1967

Associate Professors

    Elaine M. Frank, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1988
    Hiram L. McDade, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1976

Research Associate Professor

    Judith B. Martin, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1987

Assistant Professors

    Tina T. Smith, Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1989
    Donald S. Finan, Ph.D., Indiana University, 1998

Senior Instructors

    Lily Nalty, M.A., University of Texas, 1982
    Danielle R. Varnedoe, M.A., University of Akron, 1979

Clinical Assistant Professors

    Tamala S. Bradham, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1998
    K. Todd Houston, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1999


    Maria P. Houston, M.S.P., University of South Carolina, 1992


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders functions as a unit within the School of Public Health. Programs leading to the degrees of Master of Speech Pathology, Master of Communication Disorders, and Doctor of Philosophy are offered through the department.

Although no undergraduate degree is offered by the department, the following courses are available for undergraduate credit with permission of the faculty.

Course Descriptions (COMD)

  • 500--Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. (3) Human communication disorders with an overview of prevention and treatment programs.
  • 501--Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms. (3) An intensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms.
  • 502--Neurocognitive Bases of Language Behavior. (3) (Prereq: consent of instructor) Neurocognitive bases for speech and language in the central nervous system including anatomy and physiology and theoretical constructs of language.
  • 504--Introduction to Speech Science and Acoustic Measurement. (3) The physical and related psychological attributes of speech. Use of electronic instruments and laboratory practices in measurement of acoustic variables. Introduction to information theory.
  • 507--Language Theory and Phonetics. (3) (Prereq: permission of instructor) Study of language theory and international phonetics alphabet transcription.
  • 521--Introduction to Clinical Procedures in Speech Pathology. (1) (Prereq: introduction to phonetics or equivalent or permission of instructor) Diagnostic and therapeutic programs for the communicatively handicapped will be observed in the public school and various rehabilitative settings. Discussion and study of basic therapeutic theories and procedures utilized in speech therapy.
  • 525--Selected Topics. (1-3) (Prereq: permission of instructor) Presentation of current experimental or innovative programs in diagnosis and treatment of the communicatively impaired. Course is designed to update the practicing clinician in specific areas of expertise. May be repeated for credit. Individual topics to be announced with suffix and title.
  • 526--Disorders of Articulation: Evaluation and Therapy. (3) The diagnosis and treatment of articulation problems in children and adults, including analysis of current research in testing and therapy for articulation disorders.
  • 540--Principles of Audiology. (3) Basic anatomy and psycho-physics of hearing, the pathologies of hearing loss, introduction to identification procedures including organization of hearing conservation programs and practice in pure-tone audiometry, and impact of hearing loss on preschool and school-age children and educational, psychological, and medical aspects of habilitation.
  • 570--Introduction to Language Development. [=LING 570] (3) (Prereq: permission of instructor) The language acquisition process in normal children, including the development of semantics, morphology, syntax, phonology, and pragmatics; American dialects and bilingualism.

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