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.
Admission requirements include:
- An overall GPA of 3.000; and
- The completion of the following courses with a grade that generates at least 3.000 credit points per credit hour in each course:
Course List Course Title Hours CSD 111 Disorders of Human Communication 2 CSD 301 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms 3 CSD 304 Early Language Development 3 CSD 306
and Applied Phonetics Lab
After a student has completed the sequence above, an internal departmental review will implement the student's admission to the major. 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 111||Disorders of Human Communication||2|
|CSD 251||Auditory Development and Disorders||2|
|CSD 260||Signing Exact English I||2-3|
|or CSD 270||American Sign Language I|
|CSD 301||Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms||3|
|CSD 304||Early Language Development||3|
and Applied Phonetics Lab
|CSD 351||Introduction to Auditory Assessment||2|
|CSD 425||Introduction to Clinical Processes||1|
|CSD 504||Aural Rehabilitation||3|
|or CSD 504H||Aural Rehabilitation Honors|
|CSD 506||Acoustic and Perceptual Phonetics||3|
|or CSD 506H||Acoustic and Perceptual Phonetics Honors|
|CSD 512||Communication in Special Populations: Children||4|
|or CSD 512H||Communication in Special Populations: Children Honors|
|CSD 517||Communication in Special Populations: Aging||3|
|or CSD 517H||Communication in Special Populations: Aging Honors|
|CSD 518||Deaf Culture||3|
|CSD 519||Genetic and Organic Syndromes||3|
|or CSD 519H||Genetic and Organic Syndromes Honors|
|CSD 521||Genetic and Organic Syndromes Lab||1|
|HS 570||Neuroscience for Health Professionals: Peripheral Nervous System||1|
|HS 571||Neuroscience for Health Professionals: Ascending and Descending Pathways||1|
|HS 572||Neuroscience for Health Professionals: Brainstem and Cerebellum||1|
|HS 573||Neuroscience for Health Professionals: Forebrain||1|
|Total Credit Hours||42-43|
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.
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 Cohen Honors College, should contact the CSD department for permission to enroll in these courses, as appropriate.
Honors Program Admission
Admission requirements include:
- Status as a CSD major;
- An overall GPA of 3.500 in CSD coursework;
- A one-page, double-spaced letter describing reasons for applying to the honors track, goals and potential benefits to participating in the program; and
- Agreement by a CSD faculty member to mentor the final project.
Honors Program Requirements
Students admitted to the CSD honors track must complete the following:
- Maintain a 3.500 cumulative GPA in CSD coursework;
- Enroll in and complete the honors assignments with a minimum of 12 credit hours of CSD coursework selected from the following options:
Course List Course Title Hours CSD 504H Aural Rehabilitation Honors 3 CSD 506H Acoustic and Perceptual Phonetics Honors 3 CSD 512H Communication in Special Populations: Children Honors 4 CSD 519H Genetic and Organic Syndromes Honors 3 CSD 517H Communication in Special Populations: Aging Honors 3
- Actively participate in facilitated meetings with other CSD honors students;
- Be a participating member of the WSU Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WSUSSLHA) student organization;
- Maintain a portfolio of assignments, activities and reflections throughout the honors track; and
- Complete and present a mentored scholarly activity during the last year of the program by enrolling in 1 credit hour of CSD 490H Directed Study in Speech and Language Pathology or Audiology Honors.