• Communication Sciences and Disorders

    The goal of the undergraduate program of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department is to facilitate an understanding of normal human communication processes as well as communication disorders. These disorders can develop in children or occur later in life.

    Communication is defined as the sharing of needs, experiences, ideas, thoughts, and feelings with other people through modalities such as talking, listening, writing, reading, and nonverbal means. Undergraduate students in communication sciences and disorders begin by learning the scientific foundations of the normal processes of communication. This scientific basis is followed by an introduction to the disorders that can occur in speech, language, and hearing in children and adults.

    The undergraduate program immerses students in an academically rigorous and challenging course of study. In addition to the courses offered within the department, students are required to take courses in biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, and mathematics. A communication sciences and disorders baccalaureate degree provides students with a solid foundation for graduate study in several fields including speech-language pathology and audiology.

    The undergraduate curriculum allows the opportunity for students who may be interested to study abroad or be part of the National Student Exchange. The second semester of year one or the first semester of year two are good choices for these pursuits. Students must plan their semester away with their department advisor at least one year in advance to assure that they complete their major requirements in a timely manner.

    Overall, the communication sciences and disorders major provides students with knowledge and skills that enable them to do well in either graduate school or in the workplace. Students will have an excellent liberal arts education with a strong basis of normal and disordered communication. Students will acquire interpersonal, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, as well as scientific reasoning, and strong writing, and presentation abilities.
    Requirements for a Major: 46 credits

    • CD 100 Introduction to Human Communication and its Disorders
    • CD 103 Language Science
    • CD 110 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
    • CD 115 Normal Development of Speech and Language
    • CD 201 Hearing Science (Accuplacer Code 3 or above)
    • CD 202 Speech Science (Accuplacer Code 3 or above)
    • CD 205 Phonetics
    • CD 230 Neuroscience for Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • CD 301 Directed Observations
    • CD 305 Introduction to Audiology
    • CD 310 Language Disorders
    • CD 320 Speech Disorders
    • CD 400 Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation
    • CD 401 Advanced Directed Observations
    • CD 410 Professional Guidelines and Skills
    • CD 475 Selected Topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • CD 490 Independent Study in Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Students must obtain a minimum grade of a C in any prerequisite major course. In addition, a major course may be repeated only once to obtain a passing grade.

    Out-of-department requirements include the following courses: 1 biological science (human or animal based), 1 physical science (physics, natural science, or chemistry-based), 1 math (MA 180 Introduction to Functions requires a placement test score of 5), 1 statistics, and 2 behavioral sciences of which 1 must be in developmental psychology. These requirements cannot be taken pass/fail. Advisors in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department will help students choose appropriate courses in these areas.

    CSD Honors Program
    The CSD Honors Program is intended for outstanding students within the CSD major. Students completing the requirements will graduate with departmental honors. Applicants must submit a letter of application to the CSD Undergraduate Committee, a research proposal, and a letter of support from a faculty sponsor. Applications are due November 1 for spring semester and April 1 for fall semester.

    To be part of the CSD Honors program, students must have:

    • A minimum GPA of 3.5
    • No grade less that a B in all CSD courses and non-CSD required courses
    • Completed a total of 60 credits
    • Completed CD 110, 115, 201, 202, 205, and 230

    Once accepted into the CSD Honors Program, students will:

    • Complete a research project in collaboration with a CSD faculty mentor
    • Defend the project before the CSD undergraduate committee
    • Present the project in at least one venue

    Requirements for a Minor: 18 credits within the department; 15 credits must include:

    • CD 100 Introduction to Human Communication and its Disorders
    • CD 103 Language Science
    • CD 110 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
    • CD 115 Normal Development of Speech and Language
    • CD 205 Phonetics

    For students taking prerequisites for the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program, 3 additional courses, CD 201 Hearing Science, CD 202 Speech Science, and CD 230
    Neuroscience for CSD, must be completed. The minimum grade requirement for a course to count toward the minor is a C.

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