ACADEMICS

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders

    The goal of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to facilitate an understanding of normal human communication processes as well as disorders in communication that can develop or be acquired. Communication is defined as the sharing of needs, experiences, ideas, thoughts, and feelings with other people through such modalities 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/or hearing in children and adults.

    The undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders 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 CSD baccalaureate degree can provide students with a strong preparation for graduate study in many fields including Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

    Overall, the major provides students with a range of abilities that can enable them to do well in either graduate school or in the workplace. These skills include interpersonal, critical thinking, problem-solving, scientific reasoning, 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
    • CD 202 Speech Science
    • 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

    The minimum grade students may be allowed to obtain in any prerequisite course before being allowed to take the subsequent courses in the CSD major is a C. In addition, the maximum number of times students may take a course in the CSD major is twice (i.e., one repetition).

    Out of department requirements include the following courses: one biological science (human or animal based), one physical science (physics, natural science, or chemistry based), one math (MA 180 - Introduction to Functions, or higher), one statistics, and two behavioral sciences of which one must be in developmental psychology. These requirements cannot be taken pass/fail. Advisors in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders 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 1st for Spring semester and April 1st for Fall semester.

    To be part of the program, CSD 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 Speech-Language Pathology graduate program, two additional courses, CD 201 Hearing Science and CD 202 Speech Science, must be completed.