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Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

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Program Description

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 Requirements

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.


Maintenance Standards

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.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year Fall 2015)

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; 15-18 credits of lower division, out of the major, requirements; 45 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)

  • Writ 1120 - College Writing (3)
  • Writ 3140, 3150, 3160 - Advanced Comp (3)

Lower Division Requirements (19-22 credits)

  • SSP 1000 - Introduction to College Learning (1)
  • Comm 1112 - Public Speaking (3) or COMM 1222 Interpersonal Comm (3)
  • Math XXXX- Optional - student's discretion
  • Biol 1011 - Gen Biology (5) or Biol 1001- Biology and Society (4)
  • Phys 1001 - Intro to Physics (5) or Phys 1011 - Conceptual Physics (3)
  • Psy 1003 - General Psychology (4)
  • Psy 2021 - Developmental Psychology (4)

Upper Division Requirements (45 credits) - Sequence of Courses

Lower Division Core (6 cr)

  • CSD 1100 - Phonetics (2)
  • CSD 2230 - Human Comm Dis (3)
  • CSD 2400 - Clinical Observation of CD (1cr)

Junior Band Fall (13 cr)

  • CSD 3103 - Anatomy of Speech & Hearing Mech (3)
  • CSD 3131- Language Development (4)
  • CSD 3150 - Fundamentals of Speech Science (3)
  • CSD 3200 - Artic & Phono Disorders (3)

Junior Band Spring (9 cr)

  • CSD 3160 - Fundamentals of Hearing Science (3)
  • CSD 3232 - Language Disorders (3)
  • CSD 3241- Foundations of Treatment in CD (3)

Senior Band Fall (9 or 11 cr)

  • CSD 4000 Intro Stats for CSD (3)
  • CSD 4110 Intro to Applied Clinical Methods in CSD (take once concurrently with CSD 4197 either fall or spring)
  • CSD 4197 - Clinical Procedures (1) (take once concurrently with CSD 4110, either fall or spring semester)
  • CSD 4150 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology in Communication Sciences and Disorders (3)
  • CSD 4400 - Hrg Disorders & Evaluation (3)

Senior Band Spring (6 or 8 cr)

  • CSD 4110 Intro to Applied Clinical Methods in CSD (take once concurrently with CSD 4197 either fall or spring)
  • CSD 4197 - Clinical Procedures (1) (take once concurrently with CSD 4110, either fall or spring semester)
  • CSD 4200 - Introduction to Fluency (3)
  • CSD 5400 - Rehab Prac for the Hard of Hearing (3)

Other Courses Taken for Degree (19 -22 credits) Total


Total Courses for Degree Must Equal at Least 120 Semester Credits

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