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.

  1. 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.
  2. Certain courses fulfill multiple requirements. In consultation with an academic advisor, students will be able to plan their curriculum more effectively.
  3. 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:

  1. GPA of 3.50 or better in the major and overall;
  2. No grade below B in the major;
  3. 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;
  4. Completion of 20 hours of volunteer work, internship, or fieldwork in consultation with the advisor.