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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Sciences And Disorders (B.S.)

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

Classroom and Clinic 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:

  • Declare this major within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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
  • New CSD courses approved and added to the curriculum in future Catalogs may satisfy major requirements
  • Transfer students with 60+ credits are not required to take the Freshman Success seminar if they haven’t previously taken such a course

Program Recommendations:

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

Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.S.) Articulation with Northwest State Community College, Requirements & 2-Yr Plan  

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.

Experiential Learning: Credits 3

The experiential learning requirement will provide students with a hands-on opportunity where they apply what they have learned in the classroom to a clinical, community-based, or research experience.  The list below includes courses from a variety of disciplines which are often taken by students who are pursuing a minor or certificate in areas outside CSD.  Students intending to pursue graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology are encouraged to take CSD 45900.

Supporting Courses: Credits 27-29

Behavioral Sciences: Credits 3

Chemistry or Physics: Credits 3-4

English Writing and Speaking: Credits 6

Language: Credits 6

Two courses at the first-year level in a single International Language or in American Sign Language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency).  

Note:  if you begin these courses at PFW at the second-semester level or higher, you and your advisor are eligible to apply for special course credits after successful completion of the course into which you placed.  Non-native English speaking students and those with other language transfer credits should contact the College’s Student Success Center.

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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