This minor will provide the student with a background in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a foundation for application to graduate school in Audiology (see advisor for recommended courses); however, it may not be considered a minor for classroom teaching and is not certifiable. Courses taken Credit/No Credit do not count toward a minor.
Who should pursue a CSD minor?
The CSD minor can be completed by anyone who is interested in the field of communication disorders. However, many of the students completing this minor plan to work in a field related to communication disorders, such as education or psychology. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in audiology sometimes choose to complete the CSD minor instead of the CSD major, as many of the courses on the major are not required by the graduate programs in audiology.
What does an audiologist do?
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, audiologists are "healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages." Most audiologists work in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, physician's offices, and audiology clinics, while some work in schools or for school districts and travel between facilities. Aside from clinical practice, there are opportunities for research and education within the field. Being an audiologist requires a clinical doctorate degree (Au.D.), which can be obtained after completing a Bachelor's degree. CMU offers a clinical doctorate program in audiology.
According to the Bureau of Labor, employment of audiologists is projected to grow 29% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for audiologists was $74,890 in May 2015. For more information about audiology, visit ASHA-Careers.
The Undergraduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Central Michigan University is committed to the development of students who are well prepared for graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology and have a foundation for becoming professionals devoted to improving the lives of persons with communication disorders. Our program provides student-centered learning opportunities through coursework, clinical experiences, service learning activities, and faculty-guided research opportunities designed to promote critical thinking, high ethical standards, a commitment to lifelong learning, an understanding of the clinical process, and knowledge of speech, language, and hearing development, disorders, and differences.
- Graduates will have knowledge of the characteristics of speech, language and hearing development, disorders and differences.
- Graduates will have knowledge of the materials and procedures used for the prevention, assessment, and intervention of speech, language and hearing disorders.
- Graduates will know how to use the information gathered from the client, clinician, and literature to make evidence-based clinical decisions.
- Graduates will understand the professional and ethical requirements of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.