Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is the study of normal and abnormal communication including their development and disorders. The CSD major is offered as one aspect of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at CUW. Students studying Communication Sciences and Disorders learn foundational knowledge in the bases of communication and swallowing, normal development across the lifespan, and about the clinical management of children and adults with communication disorders. The Communication Sciences and Disorders is one major that leads to careers in one of two disciplines; either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Both of these career choices require successful completion of a graduate degree to enter clinical practice. Additionally, the CSD major prepares students to become a speech-language pathology assistant for those individuals who choose not to pursue a graduate degree.

For more information about career options associated with this major, go to www.asha.org.

Program Highlights

The undergraduate CSD courses, in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology introduce students to normal human speech and language development and disorders as well as the basic processes of communication, speech, language, and hearing. Additionally, students will get hands-on experience through community service learning and clinical observation hours. During their senior year, students will have the opportunity to gain supervised clinical experience in our on-campus clinic once it is established. The focus of our undergraduate program is to prepare students for continuation into a Master’s program and their future vocation as a Speech-language Pathologist or Audiologist.

  • A strong liberal arts foundation in a faith-based atmosphere
  • Hands-on learning experiences on-campus and in the community
  • Development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • Small class sizes
  • Degree Completion Timeline-4 years
  • 120 total credits

CSD Program Overview

Upon successful completion of the CUW major in Communication Sciences & Disorders, students will have demonstrated:

  • Effective knowledge and skills to incorporating the complex relationship between faith, learning, and practice in the areas of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Effective development of critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills
  • Knowledge in basic speech, language, communication and swallowing processes
  • An understanding of evidence-based prevention, evaluation and intervention practice for speech, language, hearing, communication, and swallowing disorders
  • Professional interaction skills with patients, families, and other health care professionals
  • Ethical and professional behavior in clinical care through service learning and/or the provision of clinical services in the CUW inter-professional education (IPE) clinic
  • Effective strategies incorporating the complex relationship between faith, learning, and practice in the areas of communication sciences and disorders
  • The completion of 25 required hours of clinical observation

Our Mission

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology is dedicated to the missions of Concordia University Wisconsin and the School of Health Professions and is focused on developing independent life-long learners with strong critical thinking and communication abilities. In addition, the Speech-Language Pathology program aims to prepare students for the opportunities and rigors of a vocation positively impacting communicatively challenged individuals and their families by providing outstanding academic/clinical education, as well as community outreach. The Department of Speech-Language Pathology also aims to support the continuing education needs of practicing clinicians to ultimately have a positive impact on individuals with communication and/or swallowing challenges. This professional education is grounded in faith, excellence, and service to others. 

Curriculum

The undergraduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders requires successful completion of 120 credit hours. This degree requires 48 credit hours within the major (courses offered within the Speech-Language Pathology Department), 48 credit hours in the common core, and 24 credit hours for minor and/or electives. The required courses in the major are listed on the table below.

Semester Course # Course Title Credits Required
Freshman Spring CSD 100 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders 3 No
Sophomore Fall CSD 210 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism 3 Yes
  CSD 220 Clinical Phonetics 3 Yes
Sophomore Spring CSD 230 Foundations of Cognition and Language 3 Yes
  CSD 240 Speech and Language Development 3 Yes
  CSD 300 Kinesiology and Motor Learning 3 Yes
Junior Fall CSD 250 Hearing Science 3 Yes
  CSD 260 Speech and Language Disorders in Children 3 Yes
  CSD 270 Multicultural Populations 3 Yes
Junior Spring CSD 310 Audiology 3 Yes
  CSD 320 Speech Science 3 Yes
  CSD 330 Speech and Language Disorders in Adults 3 Yes
  CSD 340 Research Seminar 1 Elective
Senior Fall CSD 410 Aural Rehabilitation 3 Yes
  CSD 420 Clinical Methods and Observation 3 Yes
  CSD 430 Service Delivery and Ethics 3 Yes
  CSD 440 Research Practicum 1-3 Elective
Senior Spring CSD 450 Clinical Practicum 1 Elective
  CSD 460 School Methods 2 Yes
  CSD 470 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders 3 Yes
  CSD 475 Senior Seminar 1 Yes

Total: 48

Communication Sciences and Disorders is a 120 credit major

Sample Schedule

Suggested schedule to follow as a plan of student for student in the CSD major. Click here to view a PDF version.

A minor in Communication Sciences requires 21 credit hours in CSD courses (18 credit hours of required coursework + 3 credit elective). Coursework required for the minor is listed on the table below:

Fall Course Credits Spring Course Credits
Anat & Phys Speech/Hearing Mech CSD 210 3 Speech & Lang Devel CSD 240 3
Clinical Phonetics CSD 220 3 Speech Science CSD 320 3
Service Deliv/Ethics CSD 430 3 Neurological Bases of Comm CSD 470 3
CSD Elective Course CSD XXX 3 CSD Elective Course CSD XXX 3
Total Fall Credits   9/12 Total Spring Credits   9/12

The Leveling Program is intended for students who possess a bachelor’s degree in a major other than CSD who are interested in qualifying for graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology. The Leveling Program in SLP is nationally recognized as a means of completing the requisite education to prepare a student for graduate study in SLP. The CUW Leveling Program requires interested students to complete 36 credit hours (12 courses) in the CSD major in one year of study prior to entering a graduate SLP program. Completion of the Leveling Program does not guarantee a student admission to a graduate program.

Fall Course Credits Spring Course Credits
Anat & Phys Speech/Hearing Mech CSD 210 3 Speech & Lang Devel CSD 240 3
Clinical Phonetics CSD 220 3 Kinesiology & Motor Learning CSD 300 3
Hearing Science CSD 250 3 Speech Science CSD 320 3
Speech-Lang Dis in Children CSD 260 3 Audiology CSD 310 3
Clinical Methods/Observ CSD 430 3 Speech-Lang Dis in Adults CSD 470 3
Total Fall Credits   18 Total Spring Credits   18

Concordia University Wisconsin is excited to announce development of a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology beginning in the summer of 2018. This is a 2-year program which will prepare students for licensure, clinical certification, and a career in Speech-Language Pathology. Students will receive a state-of-the-art academic and clinical education with opportunities for Interprofessional education. Upon successful completion of the CUW SLP graduate program in speech-language pathology, students will have demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary for ASHA certification with a faith-based focus. Students will have completed the required 25 hours of observation and 375 hours of clinical practicum and be prepared to transition into their clinical fellowship year. Upon completion of their clinical fellowship, students will have completed all the requisite knowledge and skills competencies completed and will be eligible to apply for their certificate of clinical competence (CCC) through ASHA. Additionally, students will have demonstrated effective and professional interaction skills with patients, families, and other health care professionals through service learning and/or the provision of clinical services in the CUW Interprofessional education (IPE) clinic while working collaboratively with other disciplines. This program will require successful completion of 42 core academic credit hours, 6 credit hours of electives, and 9 credit hours of clinical practicum resulting in a minimum of 57 credit hours of coursework (academic and clinical) for completion.

Completion of an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at CUW does not guarantee students admission to the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology.

Clinical Practice/Practicum

Clinical practicum, a course which involves contact with actual clients in a clinical setting, is will an elective course for selected seniors. Students wishing to enroll in CSD 450 Clinical Practicum must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours and have a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 prior to the enrollment in this course.

Accreditation

Concordia University Wisconsin is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited through the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges as part of Concordia University Wisconsin.

Contact Us

Department of Speech-Language Pathology
Phone: 262-243-2145
swslp@cuw.edu

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