Duluth, MN 55812
Phone: (218) 726–7974;
Fax: (218) 726–8693
Undergraduate Program Information
Map and Location of CSD Department
To meet the many and expanding challenges within the communication disorders field, the department offers high quality education and clinical experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate major prepares students for admission to professional graduate degree or licensure programs in speech-language pathology, audiology, or education of the hearing impaired.
This pre-professional undergraduate program also prepares students to work as clinical aides to communication disorders specialists working in a variety of human service and health care settings. The program includes the study of phonetics, the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms, the normal development of speech and language, and the nature and treatment of disorders of speech, language, and hearing disorders.
Admission to the major and to upper division course work requires a GPA of 3.0, including transfer courses. Students are typically admitted to UMD as pre-majors. Pre-CSD majors or students with other declared majors who have an overall GPA of 3.0 and have completed a minimum of 12 credits, may declare a CSD major. When a student is ready to declare a CSD major, her/his academic advisor will notify the CEHSP Advising and Academic Services office to institute the change in status from pre-major to major (BAS Candidate). Students must be admitted majors (BAS Candidates) in order to enroll in any upper division courses.
Students are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better. Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be required to meet with their CSD academic advisors each semester.
The College of Education and Human Service Professions has instituted a “total intake model” of advising undergraduate students. All freshman and transfer students will be assigned two advisors: an Advising and Academic Services (AAS) advisor in Boh 120, and a Communication Sciences and Disorders academic advisor in Chester Park 174. After one year, the Advising and Academic Services advisor will be removed and students will continue to meet with their CSD academic advisor. Mandatory advising with a CSD advisor is in effect for all students with fewer than 60 credits. Mandatory advising with a CSD advisor is also in effect for students whose GPAs fall below 3.0.
Certification and Licensure
In order to work in the state of Minnesota, Speech-language pathologists must hold a Master’s degree, a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and license from either the Minnesota Department of Health or the Minnesota Department of Education. Audiologists must hold a Doctoral degree, a certificate of clinical competency from ASHA or board certification from the Amarican Board of Audiology, and a license from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Students interested in professional certification and licensure in speech-language pathology or audiology should consult with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. They also should refer to the Graduate School section for a description of the master of arts program in communication disorders.
The graduate program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). CAA accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The B.A.S. degree program provides students with a foundation in human communication processes and communication disorders. Students must complete 120 semester credits, including: 32 credits of Liberal Education; 6 credits of composition; 24-32 credits of lower division, out of the major, requirements; 44 credits of lower and upper division, within the major, requirements; and other courses taken for degree. This should total at least 120 semester credits.
Liberal Education (32 credits)
Composition (6 credits)
Lower Division Requirements (28-32 credits)
Upper Division Requirements (44 credits) - Sequence of Courses
Lower Division Core (6 cr)
Junior Band Fall (14 cr)
Junior Band Spring (9 cr)
Senior Band Fall (6 or 8 cr)
Senior Band Spring (7 or 9 cr)
Other Courses Taken for Degree (6-14 credits) Total
Total Courses for Degree Must Equal at Least 120 Semester Credits