Date of Award

Summer 7-31-2020

Document Type

Thesis (699 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Nancy Paul


Undergraduate, racial minority, cultural and linguistic diversity, midwest, first generation college student, career choice


The purpose of this study was to explore the motivating factors that influenced undergraduate students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in the West North Central division of the United States to major in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). This was a nonexperimental study that was conducted by sending a quantitative survey on Qualtrics to undergraduate CSD students in schools in the West North Central division of the United States as defined by the U.S. Census (Census Regions and Divisions of the United States, n.d). All states had respondents to the survey except Nebraska and among the responses, 16 students were from CALD backgrounds. The results indicated that CALD students from this region ranked employment factors as the highest influence in choosing the CSD major followed by personal factors and last educational factors.



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