Communication Sciences & Disorders Major

To be a speech-language pathologist, a master's degree in speech language pathology is required for certification and state licensure.  Graduate speech language pathology programs have varying requirements.  Students should check their targeted graduate programs early on to determine those graduate programs' admission requirements and plan accordingly.

Goal 1: Identify linguistic, cognitive, affective, and social aspects of communication.

Outcome 1: Summarize research about linguistics or communication disorders. 

Goal 2: Compare and contrast typical and atypical communication and swallowing development across the lifespan.

Outcome 2: Describe normative data concerning first language acquisition. or present a case study of a person with a communication or swallowing disorder.

Goal 3: Apply the foundational principles of biological and physical science to describe communication and swallowing systems.

Outcome 3: Conduct and interpret an oral motor examination, use acoustic analysis software to measure the basic properties of a person's voice, or conduct a hearing screening.

Goal 4: Identify linguistic and cultural diversity among speakers and critically assess its implications for assessment and intervention.

Outcome 4: Explain linguistic features of varieties of English.

The traditional undergraduate programs includes a minimum of 120 credits distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas1:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive
  3. Writing Intensive, and
  4. Diversity

Overlay requirements are part of the 120 credit requirements

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

Natural Science:
BIO 101
Bio I: Cells
and Bio I: Cells Lab

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:

PHY 101General Physics I3
or CHM 120 General Chemistry I
MAT 118Introduction to Statistics3
PSY 120Lifespan Development3
or PSY 231 Developmental Psychology
Total Hours9

Major Requirements 

CSD majors are required to take BIO 101 and BIO 101L as their GEP natural science requirement.
LIN 101Language and Communication3
LIN 203English Grammar3
LIN 210Speech and Hearing Sciences3
LIN 211Speech Development & Disorders3
LIN 212Tour of the Brain3
LIN 281First Language Acquisition3
LIN 318Psycholinguistics3
or PSY 229 Psycholinguistics
LIN 320Phonetics3
LIN 321Intro: Communication Disorders3
LIN 322Intro to Audiology3
LIN 323Anatomy&Phys of Speech&Hearing3
LIN 420SLP/AuD Research Methods3
or HSC 331 Health Sciences Research
or SOC 312 Research Methods
or PSY 210 Research Methods
25 SLP observation hours are also required
Total Hours36