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Communication Sciences and Disorders Cougar Map

The Cougar Map is intended to guide you with suggestions for potential activities and career paths that can help you along your educational journey. Although everyone has different abilities, experiences and challenges, this Cougar Map can be used with the help of your advisors to prepare for the future you want with a clear vision of your college-to-career pathway. Please refer to the SXU Academic Catalog and academic planning resources for detailed degree requirements.


(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Bring writing assignments to the Learning Center/Writing Studio for help in fine-tuning papers.

Don't get discouraged in your first year! For stress relief ideas, visit the Counseling Center and attend SONHS Student Success Workshops.

Take advantage of your summer by taking courses to graduate on time or earlier.

Visit the library for the appropriate resources in writing your research papers.

Consider pursuing a second major or minor to achieve your career goals.

Be mindful of important dates, i.e. semester ends and begins, deadline to withdraw from a course.

Showcase your student-faculty collaborative project at the Research Expo or at a regional or national conference.

Petition for graduation.

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team. Clubs can include the Speech-Language-Hearing Club and the Pals for Change organization.

Take part in a service trip or study abroad program.

Join the National Student Speech Language-Hearing Association.

Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization.

Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization.

Participate in a spring break service trip.

Volunteer at the SXU Health Fair.

Explore local volunteering opportunities, like the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention.

Mentor the next generation of student association officers.


Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of Center for SUCCESS.

Talk to your advisor about preparing for internship experiences.

Create a LinkedIn profile and establish meaningful connections within your academic and personal circles.

Attend SXU's career-related events throughout the year and network with professionals.

Seek our a volunteer or shadowing experience.

If planning to attend graduate school, begin studying for the GRE. Perhaps take it in the summer.

Apply for a summer internship or volunteer position that serves clients with disabilities, such as an activity aide, therapy aide or teacher aide.

Take the GRE exams early and apply to graduate schools in the fall.

Visit Center for SUCCESS to create a job search plan, sharpen your resume and practice interviewing.

Attend job, graduate school and intern fairs to help prepare you for what comes next after college.