CofC Logo

Undergraduate Preparation

Choosing a Major

There is no formal major for student preparing to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Professional programs are interested in broadly educated students who have developed excellent writing and speaking skills, possess analytic and synthetic thinking ability, and can demonstrate an understanding of the basic sciences. Understanding of the social aspects of rehabilitation medicine is just as important as understanding the science. Your major will not determine your success in applying to professional school. Your interests should determine your choice of major. Majoring in an area that you enjoy is more likely to lead to academic success than pursuing a field for which you have little enthusiasm.

Admission prerequisites for a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (almost any major), a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate courses in the following
  • Human Anatomy 3 SH
  • Human Physiology 3 SH
  • (A College of Charleston student must successfully complete BIO 111 & 112 and the associated labs to enroll in any upper level biology courses, such as, anatomy and physiology
  • Physical Science 3 SH
  • (Chemistry or Physics)

Volunteer Service

Students are urged to do volunteer service in their intended Allied Health field. This is especially true for those interested in the Rehabilitation Sciences, but may also apply to other areas. You may volunteer only a few (e.g. 3) hours per week, but you must be dependable and your activities should extend over a significant period of time. The experience component of your applicant profile is increasingly important for some programs, so you should make the most of this opportunity. Also, you should ensure that someone familiar with your performance can serve as a reference.