Communication Disorders - Program | Geneva College

BA Major • Minor

Communication Disorders

Pursue a career in helping others with language, hearing, swallowing disorders in educational and medical settings

It is easy to take our communication abilities for granted. When delays, disorders, or diseases cause communication or swallowing difficulties, people need help. Geneva’s Communication Disorders program helps prepare students for graduate school and becoming speech-language pathologists or audiologists who have a love for God and a heart for helping people live richer lives.

Geneva prepares you to make a meaningful impact in your career, community and life.

Clinical Experience

Train alongside local certified speech language pathologists in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, or private clinics

Geneva Chapter of NSSLHA

Engage in service opportunities and peer mentorships with other students

Prepare for Advanced Studies

Fulfill prerequisite courses for top graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Cooperative Programs

Three local universities have reserved admission for Geneva students

Key Courses

Sign Language

Learn basic vocabulary and sentence structure of American Sign Language to assist in working with diverse populations.

Introduction to Audiology

Study sound, the ear, hearing disorders, and treatments in this intro course for future speech-language pathologists or audiologists.


Explore the science of speech sound production, perception, and transcription.

Neurological Foundations of Language and Cognition

Examine the way the brain affects communication, cognition, and swallowing, and how you can help adults with disorders.

Experienced & Accomplished Faculty

Our communication disorders is a comprehensive program that covers cognitive and communicative development from birth to adulthood.

Courses cover five main areas including:

  • speech sound
  • language
  • fluency
  • voice
  • neurogenic communication disorders

All communication disorders courses are taught with a biblical perspective that that communication disorders are not a mistake or an unfortunate chance, but a creative act of God, as part of His inspired plan (Exodus 4:11). Providing services that help individuals achieve their greatest created potential is our calling, and this gives meaning to the work that we do. 

Communication disorder students and faculty provide over 60 hours of free speech-language therapy to individuals in the community.

The communication disorders major prepares students for graduate work while giving them a Christian perspective.
  1. Students will be prepared for graduate work in the area of communication disorders.
  2. Students will model as professional clinicians, the compassion of Jesus in working with people disabled by communication disorders.

Career Outcomes

Graduates who aspire to have an impact in their communities and their careers through a Geneva Education gain expertise in this field enhanced by academics rooted in Christian values and ethics in Geneva’s program.


of Geneva graduates from the past 10 years have been accepted into schools across the country, including the top ten Speech-Language Pathology programs in the nation.


of communication disorder students participate in internships, research, or applied learning.


is the average salary for Speech-Language Pathologists (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

“My time as a Geneva Communication Disorders student was truly a life changing experience. Not only did I discover speech language pathology, but I also got to experience God’s love through my professors and assignments. While learning all of the different aspects of speech, we also focused on seeing people the way that God sees people. Finally, I learned the importance of kindness in our field as I got to work one on one with children from all different backgrounds during my Clinical Experience. I can honestly say I feel well prepared for graduate school and am so thankful for my time in the program.” Jenae Brendle ‘20

Be prepared for careers such as...

  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
  • Audiology Assistant

Further your impact...

  • Open your own speech therapy practice and work within the community
  • Work in schools for blind and deaf students, or help special needs children through swallow therapy
  • Provide valuable research through studying Speech and Hearing Sciences

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