BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders - Concentration in Deafness and Hard of Hearing (D/HH)

The concentration in D/HH prepares students to work with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The purpose is to provide a degree path for undergraduate students who may choose to pursue careers in sign language interpreting and those entering the fields of speech-language pathology (SLP) and audiology (AUD) who seek to work with populations who are deaf or hard of hearing. A student with the concentration in deafness and hard of hearing would have completed the necessary undergraduate requirements for entry into graduate education in either SLP or AUD with the additional foundation in deafness and hearing impairment.

This program of study emphasizes the importance of communication in all modalities: signed, spoken and written. As such, students study typical and atypical communication, audition and amplification, aural rehabilitation, signed language systems and speech-language habilitation. With an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders and a concentration in deafness and hard of hearing, students are prepared to advance their skill in sign language interpreting if they so choose. The emphasis of this program is on understanding, embracing and accommodating diversity and valuing the contributions of individuals with sensory differences as vital members of every society.

The undergraduate major in CSD with a concentration in D/HH requires a total of 54 credit hours. Students wishing to enroll in this concentration must meet the admission requirements for the undergraduate major.


Students should request application materials for admission to the major in the CSD department, or obtain application materials online, prior to enrolling in their last semester of prerequisite courses, typically in the spring semester of the sophomore year. The application deadline for fall semester admission is April 1; November 1 for spring semester admission.

Admission requirements include:

  1. An overall GPA of 3.000; and
  2. The completion of the following courses with a grade that generates at least 3.000 credit points per credit hour in each course:
    CSD 111Disorders of Human Communication3
    CSD 301Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism2
    CSD 302Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory System2
    CSD 304Early Language Development3
    CSD 306Applied Phonetics3
    Students can be currently enrolled in those courses offered during the semester in which the application is made.

Once admitted to the undergraduate major, students are required to obtain a criminal background check at their own expense as part of clinically-based assignments throughout the program. Students should consult the beginning of the College of Health Professions section of the catalog for additional requirements which may be needed to participate in clinical settings. In addition, enrollment in CSD 425, is subject to departmental approval and proof of medical clearance (see department for details) prior to the start of the course.


CSD 111Disorders of Human Communication3
CSD 240Introduction to Deaf and Hard of Hearing2
CSD 251Auditory Development and Disorders2
CSD 260Signing Exact English I2
CSD 270American Sign Language I3
CSD 301Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism2
CSD 302Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory System2
CSD 304Early Language Development3
CSD 306Applied Phonetics3
CSD 306LApplied Phonetics Lab0
CSD 351Introduction to Auditory Assessment3
CSD 360Signing Exact English II2
CSD 370American Sign Language II3
CSD 416Introduction to Language Disorders3
CSD 417Introduction to Language Disorders Lab1
CSD 504Aural Rehabilitation3
CSD 514Speech-Sound Disorders3
CSD 515Speech-Sound Disorders Lab1
CSD 518Deaf Culture3
CSD 519Genetic and Organic Syndromes3
CSD 521Genetic and Organic Syndromes Lab1
CSD 522Deaf Heritage2
Select one of the following options:4
Option A:
Neuroscience of Speech and Language: Basic Processes
Option B:
Neuroscience for Health Professionals: Peripheral Nervous System
Neuroscience for Health Professionals: Ascending and Descending Pathways
Neuroscience for Health Professionals: Brainstem and Cerebellum
Neuroscience for Health Professionals: Forebrain
Total Credit Hours54