With a BS in Communication Disorders, you can work as a speech-language pathology assistant, paraprofessional in a K-12 setting, preschool teacher, or in various positions in nonprofits related to disability, accessibility, and advocacy. You will also be prepared for graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and related fields. We reserve up to 5 seats in our on-campus graduate program for qualified Emerson Communication Disorders majors.

With a BA in Health and Social Change, you will have a foundation in public health and a strong emphasis on social justice. Students expand on a core of health and science courses with focus areas across the College, preparing them to enter the dynamic fields public health, arts in health, health education, social work, medical anthropology, law, etc., depending on their interest.

Transfer students are welcome in both majors!

Our Programs

Communication Disorders (BS)

Designed for students who want to make a difference in people’s lives as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or related health or education professional. With an emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity, students acquire foundational knowledge of language and speech development and disorders, the anatomy and physiology of communication, and the science of speech sounds. Students also take ASL and can minor in Hearing and Deafness, volunteer or observe in our onsite Robbins Speech-Language and Hearing Center, contribute to faculty and graduate student research, and participate in NSSLHA , BLLING, and LGBTQ+CSDSA .

Health and Social Change (BA)

Designed for change-makers who want to pursue a career at the nexus of public health and social justice! Students learn about health systems and related structural challenges, engage with communities, investigate local and global health inequities, and acquire and create tools to implement change. The Health and Social Change major combines well with a minor in Social Impact Design, Environmental Studies, Nonprofit Communication, or Peace and Social Justice.