A major in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares students for graduate education in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.

CSD Major Requirements

The CSD major is 40 credits and can be completed as part of a Bachelor of Applied Arts (B.A.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

Regardless of the degree choice, students must apply for admission to the major, a competitive process that is based on the student's performance in these four pre-admission major courses:

CSD 278 - Normal Speech Development/Descriptive Phoenetic 3(3-0)
CSD 330 - Language Development 3(3-0)
CSD 331 - Introduction to Audiology 3(3-0)
CSD 335 - The Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing 3(3-0)

The average GPA in these four courses of students admitted to the CSD major is approximately 3.70, with a range of 3.5 to 4.0. Following admission to the major, student complete the remaining courses in three semesters:

Semester 1:
CSD 338 - Introduction to Speech Sound Disorders 3(3-0)
CSD 340 - Child Language Assessment and Intervention 3(3-0)
CSD 431 - Audiologic Rehabilitation 3(3-0)

Semester 2:
CSD 417 - Introduction to Adult Communication Disorders 3(3-0)
CSD 439 - Diagnostic and Intervention Methods in Speech-Language Pathology 3(3-0)
CSD 494 - Mentored Practicum in Communication Disorders 4(2-4)

Semester 3:
CSD 463 - Introduction to Acoustic Phonetics 3(3-0)
CSD 525 - Research Design in Communication Disorders 3(3-0)
CSD 551 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Clinical Focus 3(3-0)

*Students interested in the CSD major should plan to meet with an advisor right away to begin a class schedule.

Schedule a CSD academic advising appointment with a CSD advisor here.

CMU provides the academic and clinical experience needed to become an audiologist or speech-language pathologist. These key features distinguish CMU's training programs in communication disorders:

A professional staff including faculty, clinical supervisors, and on-site technical support

Extensive clinical experiences and opportunities at about 30 on-campus and off-campus sites

Research opportunities with faculty members

An undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor's degree in communication disorders and a master's program in speech-language pathology as well as a professional doctoral program in audiology

Undergraduate Study 

To meet requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology or Audiology granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the student will need to earn a master's degree or doctoral degree. Therefore, four years of undergraduate study is the pre-professional training to prepare for graduate education.

During the undergraduate program, students will complete university requirements in the humanities, social, and natural sciences. They will learn about the development and use of speech, language, hearing, and learn fundamentals of assessing and managing communication disorders. Students who major in Communication Sciences and Disorders will complete a core of undergraduate courses  (approximately 40-semester credits) and demonstrate the attributes and meet the expectations listed in the  Technical Standards for CSD Major Program. Near the end of the four years of undergraduate education, students should apply for a master's degree program in speech-language pathology (SLP), or a professional doctorate degree program in audiology (Au.D.). Contact The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions admissions office for more information.

Undergraduate Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders Mission Statement:  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.

Program Goals:

1.         Graduates will have a knowledge of the characteristics of speech, language, and hearing development, disorders, and differences.

2.         Graduates will have a knowledge of the materials and procedures used for the prevention, assessment, and intervention of speech, language, and hearing disorders.

3.         Graduates will know how to use the information gathered from the client, clinician, and literature to make evidence-based clinical decisions.

4.         Graduates will understand the professional and ethical requirements of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.