BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The preprofessional, undergraduate major places primary emphasis on the general area of communication sciences and disorders. The major, consisting of 42–43 credit hours, involves a combined curriculum in speech-language pathology and audiology. Students should work closely with advisors to ensure proper course selection for certification and degree. A check sheet of requirements is available from the College of Health Professions and the department office, 401 Ahlberg Hall.

All students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in this field (MA or AuD) must have coursework in biological sciences (content area related to human or animal sciences), physical sciences (physics or chemistry), social/behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology or public health), and statistics (stand-alone course required). These courses must have received a letter grade of C (2.000 points per credit hour) or higher to meet ASHA certification and Kansas licensure requirements. Consult an advisor for appropriate coursework.


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 Communication2
    CSD 301Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms3
    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.

Program Requirements

CSD 111Disorders of Human Communication2
CSD 251Auditory Development and Disorders2
CSD 260Signing Exact English I2-3
or CSD 270 American Sign Language I
CSD 301Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms3
CSD 304Early Language Development3
CSD 306
Applied Phonetics
and Applied Phonetics Lab
CSD 351Introduction to Auditory Assessment2
CSD 425Introduction to Clinical Processes1
CSD 504Aural Rehabilitation3
CSD 506Acoustic and Perceptual Phonetics3
CSD 512Communication in Special Populations: Children4
CSD 517Communication in Aging3
CSD 518Deaf Culture3
CSD 519Genetic and Organic Syndromes3
CSD 521Genetic and Organic Syndromes Lab1
HS 570Neuroscience for Health Professionals: Peripheral Nervous System1
HS 571Neuroscience for Health Professionals: Ascending and Descending Pathways1
HS 572Neuroscience for Health Professionals: Brainstem and Cerebellum1
HS 573Neuroscience for Health Professionals: Forebrain1
Total Credit Hours42-43


Students in the communication sciences and disorders program are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.500, with no individual course grade in the major having a grade that generates less than 2.000 points per credit hour.

To be eligible for graduation from Wichita State University, students must have credit for 120 acceptable credit hours toward their degree and a GPA in the major of 2.500. Students transferring from a two-year college must complete at least 60 credit hours of four-year college work and 45 credit hours of upper-division coursework in order to qualify for graduation.

Honors Program

Scholarship and research are encouraged at the undergraduate level. Students who meet the qualifications should explore adding the honors program to their undergraduate major. Students who are not CSD majors and are involved in the Honors College, please contact the CSD department to enroll in these courses.

Admission requirements include:

  1. Admission to the CSD undergraduate major or D/HH concentration;
  2. An overall GPA of 3.500 in CSD coursework;
  3. A one-page, double-spaced letter describing reasons for applying to the honors track, goals, and potential benefits to participating in the program; and
  4. A CSD faculty member to mentor the final project.

Students admitted to the CSD honors track must complete the following:

  1. Maintain a 3.500 cumulative GPA in CSD coursework;
  2. Complete honors assignments in (minimum 12 credit hours);
    CSD 490HDirected Study in Speech and Language Pathology or Audiology1-2
    CSD 506HAcoustic and Perceptual Phonetics - Honors3
    CSD 517HCommunication in Aging - Honors3
    CSD 519HGenetic and Organic Syndromes - Honors3
    CSD 605HNeuroscience of Speech and Language: Basic Processes - Honors4
  3. Actively participate in facilitated meetings with other CSD honors students;
  4. Be a participating member of the WSU Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WSUSSLHA) student organization;
  5. Maintain a portfolio of assignments, activities and reflections throughout the honors track; and
  6. Complete and present a mentored scholarship activity during the last year of the program.