Jan 19, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Sciences And Disorders (B.S.)

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Program: B.S.
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders  
College of Science

Clinic and Classroom Bldg 111 ~ 260-481-6410

Students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders learn about both typical and atypical communication. Courses early in the program focus on understanding speech and language including how we produce sounds, how children develop language, how sound travels, and the anatomy used for speech and hearing. Courses in the later part of the program apply that content to understanding the characteristics of speech, language, and hearing disorders. Senior year students have the opportunity to complete a clinical practicum experience in the on-campus Communication Disorders Clinic.

Students who graduate with a degree in CSD are prepared to work in a variety of community settings with individuals who have communication disabilities. The undergraduate degree program also prepares students to pursue graduate education in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this degree, students will:

  • acquire basic knowledge of the normal nature and development of speech. 
  • acquire basic knowledge of language and hearing.
  • acquire basic knowledge of assessment, treatment and prevention of speech, language and hearing disorders.
  • demonstrate basic clinical skills of assessment.
  • demonstrate basic skill in the design and implementation of appropriate treatment plans.
  • acquire oral and written communication abilities and interpersonal skills needed for the assessment and treatment of speech, language and hearing disorders.  

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus

Declaring this Major:

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

Communication Sciences and Disorders 4-Year Plan:  

  • A GPA of 2.00 or higher for all major department courses taken
  • A grade of C- or better for all CSD courses taken is required

Program Recommendations:

  • You may wish to consider elective courses that fulfill requirements for a minor that supports preparation of CSD majors.

To earn a B.S. with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above:

General Education Requirements: Credits 33

  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details.
  • A grade of C- or higher is required.  Some majors may require particular General Education courses as specified in their program description.  Up to six credits of approved General Education courses satisfying requirements in Areas A and B, and three credits satisfying requirements in Area C, may originate in the major.  A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.

English Writing and Speaking: Credits 6

In addition to the General Education writing course (ENGL 13100) or equivalent), you are required to complete ENGL 23301 or an equivalent second writing course.  You are also required to complete COM 11400 or an equivalent oral communication course.  Courses meeting these requirements require a grade of C- or better.   

Language: Credits 6

You must complete two courses at the first-year level in a single international language or in American Sign Language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency).  Click on the PFW College of Science link above for more details.

General Electives


  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120


  •  Consider elective courses that fulfill the requirements of a minor or certificate that supports the preparation of CSD majors.

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean. 

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