Communication Sciences & Disorders
Rena Krakow, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Program Director
Weiss Hall 267
Dr. Lisa Bedore, Chair
Weiss Hall 110
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a major in Speech, Language & Hearing Science. In addition to the major, the department also offers a certificate in Linguistics and a certificate in American Sign Language. Enrollment in departmental courses of students pursuing certificates is subject to availability.
- The total number of credit hours required for graduation may be greater for some students, depending on initial placement exams, transfer evaluations, individual curricular choices, and academic progress.
- Certain courses fulfill multiple requirements. In consultation with an academic advisor, students will be able to plan their curriculum more effectively.
- Students must fulfill the necessary prerequisites for any given course or course sequence. See the Prerequisites and Co-requisites Policy in the Academic Policies section of this Bulletin.
The Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language & Hearing Science may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty upon the satisfactory completion of 122 credit hours. A grade of C is the lowest acceptable final grade for courses required of majors as well as departmental electives taken by majors. A grade of C- (C Minus) is the lowest acceptable grade in GenEd courses. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders requires that students show a basic level of proficiency in a language other than English. This requirement may be met by taking college-level courses up to or beyond the equivalent of the 1002-level or by showing similar knowledge through a placement examination. Students may take American Sign Language to satisfy this requirement.
Distinction in the Major
Students who complete the Speech, Language & Hearing Science major may graduate with distinction in the department if they meet the requirements outlined below:
- GPA of 3.50 or better in the major and overall;
- No grade below B in the major;
- Completion of an honors paper at the end of a 3-credit independent study (CSCD 4979) during which the student will engage in an empirical study or library research in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders under the supervision of a faculty advisor;
- Completion of 20 hours of volunteer work, internship, or fieldwork in consultation with the advisor.