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College of Letters & Science

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Requirements for the Major
Honors in the Major
Distinction in the Major

1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-3951; www.csd.wisc.edu

Professors Connor, Ellis Weismer, Fowler, Hustad, Litovsky, Lutfi, Theobeault, Turkstra; Associate Professors Ciucci, Kaushanskaya; Assistant Professor Sterling; Visiting Assistant Professors Finney, Misurelli, Rountrey; Clinical Professor Quinn; Clinical Associate Professors Buhr-Lawler, Cohen, Douglas, Eith, Hartman, Kroll, Krug, Lee, Seidel, Stuntebeck

Please contact the department office at 608-262-3951 to schedule an undergraduate advising appointment.

Faculty diversity liaison: Kaushanskaya, kaushanskaya@wisc.edu

The major in communication sciences and disorders provides students with opportunities for study in the areas of speech–language pathology, audiology, and the normal aspects of speech, hearing, and language. Most students pursue this major because they hope to practice as licensed and/or certified clinicians in educational and medical–allied-health settings, assisting clients with communicative impairments arising from disease, trauma, predisposition, maladaptive learning, or unknown causes. Professional clinical practice follows completion of a master's degree in speech–language pathology, or a doctor of audiology degree, and involves evaluation and treatment based upon a firm theoretical understanding of normal processes of hearing, and of speech and language formulation, production, and perception. Some students pursue the undergraduate major as a foundation for a research career in speech, language or hearing sciences. Others pursue the major as a preliminary step toward advanced training in other professional fields (e.g., law, medicine, nursing, special education).

Students are urged to consult with an undergraduate academic advisor in the department as soon as they have decided to major in this field. Course sequencing in the major is not flexible. Certain courses are prerequisites to others. Many of the courses are offered only once a year. To declare the major, students must earn a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the three courses CS&D 201, 202, and 240, the first time these courses are attempted. Prospective majors typically begin taking this three-course "gateway" sequence as sophomores. Major declaration forms may be obtained from an advisor after the gateway criterion has been satisfied, and should be returned to the advisor for processing.

The major in communication sciences and disorders can be completed through the College of Letters & Science, or through the School of Education. Students select one program to follow, and should be aware that the two programs differ somewhat in their requirements for the major. Moreover, each program (L&S and Education) has its own general liberal studies requirements involving, for example, sciences, math, foreign language, social studies, and humanities. Students should plan to complete many of these general requirements as well as some courses in communication sciences and disorders during their first and second years on this campus.

The department is accredited in speech–language pathology and in audiology by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA). Therefore, academic courses and clinical practica in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders may be applied toward clinical certification by ASHA (speech language pathology or audiology), and toward state licensure.

Requirements for the Major in Letters & Science

Communication Sciences and Disorders, 33 credits

CS&D 201 Speech Science, 3 cr
CS&D 202 Normal Aspects of Hearing, 3 cr
CS&D 210 Neural Basis for Communication, 3 cr
CS&D 240 Language Development in Children and Adolescents, 3 cr
CS&D 303 Speech Acoustics and Perception, 3 cr
CS&D 315 Speech Pathology I, 3 cr
CS&D 318 Voice, Craniofacial and Fluency Disorders, 4 cr
CS&D 320 Introduction to Audiology, 3 cr
CS&D 371 Pre–Clinical Observation of Children and Adults, 2 cr
CS&D 425 Auditory Rehabilitation, 3 cr
CS&D 440 Child Language Disorders, Assessment and Intervention, 3 cr

Required Courses in Related Areas, 15–16 credits
  • Psych 201 or 202, Introduction to Psychology, 34 cr;
  • a course in statistics such as Psych 210 or Stat 301;
  • at least one course from the following humanities courses: Linguis 101, Linguis 301, or Hist Sci 205;
  • at least one course from the following social science courses: Anthro 104, Asian Am 101, Chicana/o 201, Soc 134, or Soc 220;
  • at least one course from the following biological, natural or physical science courses: Anthro 105, Physics 103 or 109,  Women St 103, or Zoology 101.

All students completing the Letters & Science program and earning a Letters & Science degree are required to fulfill the collegewide requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. Courses that count toward this requirement are CS&D 303, 315, 318, 320, 425, 440, 503, 699.

Honors in the Major

Course requirements:

  1. Undergraduate Junior Honors CS&D 481
  2. Two of the following taken for honors: CS&D 303, 320, 440
  3. Senior Honors Thesis CS&D 681 and 682, for a total of 6 credits

GPA requirements:

  1. A grade of B or better in an honors course in order to receive honors credit
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.3
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.3 within the communication sciences and disorders major

Applications for Honors in the Major can be submitted to the department honors advisor after a student is admitted to the communication sciences and disorders major.

Distinction in the Major

Students majoring in communication sciences and disorders who are not honors candidates may earn Distinction in the Major, provided that they obtain consent of the department honors advisor and satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Undergraduate Junior Honors CS&D 481
  2. Two of the following taken for honors: CS&D 303, 320, 440
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.75 within the communication sciences and disorders major

This page was updated 8/22/16.