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Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Designed to provide the scientific and cultural foundations of human communication, disorders and differences, Elmhurst’s major in communication sciences and disorders provides an excellent foundation for graduate study, which is required for national certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, licensure in most states and clinical practice in the majority of medical and educational settings in the United States. Our students are regularly accepted at top national and regional graduate programs, including our own.

You’ll have ample opportunities to gain experience and skills at Elmhurst. On campus at our Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, you can gain clinical hours necessary for ASHA certification. In addition, our communication sciences and disorders graduates often work at facilities such as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, acute care hospitals, public schools and special education centers once they have earned a master’s degree. Our students also gain research experience; many have presented at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention and at the National Council on Undergraduate Research.

All students are encouraged to join NSSLHA (National Student-Speech-Language-Hearing Association).

Major Requirements

Required Courses

  • CSD 203 Phonetics I (.50 credit)
  • CSD 204 Phonetics II (.50 credit)
  • CSD 234 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
  • CSD 237 Applied Linguistics for Speech-Language Hearing Sciences
  • CSD 245 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders: Educational Settings (.50 credit) •
  • CSD 246 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders: Medical Settings (.50 credit)
  • CSD 337 Language Development across the Lifespan
  • CSD 339 Introduction to Audiology: Principles and Methods
  • CSD 340 Fluency Disorders (.50 credit)
  • CSD 341 Speech Sound Disorders
  • CSD 344 Speech Science
  • CDS 345 Professional Writing in Speech-Language Pathology
  • CSD 433 Neurological Bases of Communications
  • CSD 437 Language Problems in Children
  • CSD 454 Clinical Methods and Diagnostic Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology
  • CSD 455 Aural Rehabilitation
  • Three semesters of practica in speech-language pathology (CSD 378, 476 or 477; 477 may be repeated for credit)

One Elective From The Following

  • CSD 100 Introduction to Sign Language
  • CSD 101 Sign Language I
  • CSD 102 Sign Language II
  • CSD 242 Towards Understanding Autism
  • CSD 356 Children at Risk from Birth to Five
  • CSD 376 Principles and Methods for Medical Settings in Speech-Language Pathology
  • CSD 381 The China Experience
  • CSD 382 Global Perspectives in Communication and Disability: Costa Rica Experience

Thirty-two (32) credits are required for graduation; 10 of which must be at the 300/400 level. All 10 can be completed at Elmhurst University if all of the required courses for the major are taken here.

Three Semesters of Practica

  • CSD 378 Beginning Clinical Practicum
  • CSD 476 Language Stimulation and Enrichment Experiences or
  • CSD 477 Experiential Learning and Assisting in Clinical Practicum (may be repeated for credit)

Required Foundational Science Courses

  • Social/behavioral science (Psychology: PSY 210 Introduction to Psychology or Sociology: SOC 212 Cultural Anthropology)
  • Statistics
  • Physical science (physics or chemistry)
  • Biological science (general, human or animal)

Requirements for a Professional Educator License

(from the Illinois State Board of Education)

A master’s degree in speech-language pathology

  • EDU 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities
  • Coursework in reading methods

Highly Recommended Courses Outside the Major

  • PSY 311 Educational Psychology
  • PSY 317 Child Development
  • PSY 318 Adolescent Development
  • COM 114 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 315 Intercultural Communication
  • REL 332 Religious Ethics and Health Care or PHL 310 Ethics and Business

Admission Requirements

For admission to communication sciences and disorders, students must have an overall (cumulative) GPA of 3.00 or above at the end of their sophomore year, and must have earned a B or above in ENG 105 and ENG 106 or their equivalents. To remain in the major and enroll in 300- or 400-level CSD courses, an overall 3.20 GPA must be maintained. Enrollment in a clinical practicum is contingent upon the student’s ability to meet the required essential functions.

The Minor

Any four full courses from the department constitute a minor; except that CSD 492 cannot be counted toward a minor.

Brenda K. Gorman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor; Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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