Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S. (Health and Human Development)

Program Code: CSD_BS

Program Description

This major offers a comprehensive program of study for preparing students who want to become speech-language pathologists or audiologists. The curriculum is specifically designed for the sole purpose of preparing undergraduate students for graduate study in communication sciences and disorders or related areas. This occurs because state licensure laws and professional certifications require that a speech-language pathologist or audiologist must have a master's degree, pass a national test, and complete a clinical fellowship year.

Overall, the curriculum enables students to develop fundamental knowledge based on scientific principles, skills, and attitudes required for habilitating and rehabilitating persons of all ages with a wide range of speech, language, and hearing problems. Further, the curriculum allows students an opportunity to explore all aspects of communication sciences and disorders as well as elect courses of special interest.

The first two years of study emphasize general education and background study. The last two years of study emphasize normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing as well as professional management, concerns, and obligations. Clinical observation and diversity focused coursework are included in the curriculum.

What is Communication Sciences and Disorders?

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is the study of human communication disorders. Undergraduate students acquire a strong foundation in the basic sciences and processes related to typical, delayed and disordered speech, language, cognition, swallowing, and hearing. Students gain critical-thinking abilities necessary to apply foundational knowledge and skills to the identification, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders. Graduates proceed to advanced degrees in speech-language pathology or audiology to habilitate and rehabilitate children and adults with a variety of disorders and delays through service and research. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are employed in environments such as schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community clinics and nursing homes.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You know you will find fulfillment in working closely with others.
  • You want to pursue a career in a helping profession.
  • You envision yourself teaching people skills to improve their quality of life.
  • You want to develop new interventions for those with communications disorders.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 30
Requirements for the Major 54-55

9-10 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GS courses; 3-4 credits of GQ courses.

To satisfy graduation requirements, students must have completed 6 credits from courses offered in the college and outside the department in which the major is offered.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. CSD requires students to complete 24 credits for the major through courses taken at University Park. Courses taken at other Penn State campuses may not be counted toward this 24 credit minimum. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for this major.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CSD 146Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders3
CSD 230Introduction to Audiology3
CSD 269Deaf Culture Keystone/General Education Course3
CSD 300Developmental Considerations in the Assessment and Treatment of Language Disorders3
CSD 311Clinical Phonetics3
CSD 331Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing3
CSD 341Acoustic Principles in Communication Sciences and Disorders3
CSD 433Aural Rehabilitation3
CSD 442Introduction to Disorders of Articulation and Phonology3
CSD 444Introduction to Organic Disorders of Speech and Language3
CSD 451An Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication3
CSD 459WPrinciples of Clinical Management in Communication Disorders3
CSD 462Clinical Bases of Language Disorders3
Additional Courses
EDPSY 14Learning and Instruction Keystone/General Education Course3
or PSYCH 261 Introduction to Psychology of Learning Keystone/General Education Course
HDFS 129Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies Keystone/General Education Course3
or PSYCH 212 Introduction to Developmental Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits of the following:3-4
Analysis and Interpretation of Statistical Data in Education Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics in Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Infant and Child Development Keystone/General Education Course
Adult Development and Aging Keystone/General Education Course
Family Development
The Helping Relationship
Family Relationships
Developmental Problems in Childhood and Adolescence
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment and Social Relationships

Program Learning Objectives

  • Communication Skills:
    • Demonstrate effective written communication skills to explain and describe content and research knowledge, and critical thinking skills as they apply to topics in CSD
    • Demonstrate effective spoken communication skills to explain and describe content and research knowledge, and critical thinking skills as they apply to topics in CSD
  • Content Knowledge:
    • Explain and apply knowledge of the developmental norms for speech/language acquisition
    • Explain and apply knowledge of the theoretical and scientific foundations of CSD
    • Explain and apply knowledge of speech, language and hearing disorders
    • Explain how individual, cultural, and linguistic differences contribute to understanding of language and communication
    • Discuss current technological advances and illustrate their use for clinical problem solving
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic clinical process for the evaluation and remediation of communication disorders and differences
  • Critical Thinking Skills and Research Knowledge:
    • Apply critical thinking, problem solving and logical reasoning skills to topics in  CSD
    • Develop and explain the scientific method and basic analytic skills for interpretation of research
    • Identify and apply "evidence-informed decision making" as a lifelong learning perspective

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Undergraduate Advising
308 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3584
csdinfo@psu.edu
https://hhd.psu.edu/csd/undergraduate/advising-csd

Harrisburg

Russell Kirkscey, Ph.D.
Interim Program Coordinator
777 West Harrisburg Pike
W-355i Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6192
trk82@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2021-22 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CSD 146*3CSD 230*3
PSYCH 1003HDFS 129 or PSYCH 2123
General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 15, ENGL 30H, ESL 15, or ENGL/CAS 137H recommended)3STAT 200, EDPSY 101, or PSYCH 200‡†3-4
General Education Course (GA)3General Education Course (GWS) (CAS 100, CAS 100A, CAS 100B, CAS 100C, or ENGL/CAS 138T recommended)3
General Education Course (GH)13General Education Course (GN) Human Biological23
PSU 141 
 16 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CSD 269*3CSD 311*3
CSD 300*3CSD 331*3
HDFS 229, 249N, 315, 411, 418, 432, PSYCH 270, or PSYCH 4713EDPSY 14 or PSYCH 2613
General Education Course (GA)3General Education Course (GHW)11.5-3
General Education Course (GQ)‡13General Education Course (GH)13
 15 13.5-15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CSD 433*3CSD 341*3
CSD 442*3CSD 462*3
General Education Course (GN) Physical Science23General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D recommended)3
General Education Course (GHW) or Elective11.5-3Elective13
Elective13Elective13
Elective13 
 16.5-18 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CSD 451*3CSD 459W*3
CSD 444*3Elective (CSD 431)13
General Education Course (GN)3Elective13
Elective13Elective13
Elective13Elective12-3
 15 14-15
Total Credits 120-125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

ASHA requires 25 documented shadowing hours with an ASHA-certified speech pathologist or audiologist. Hours must be documented on the Observation Log found at: http://csd.hhd.psu.edu/student-advising-resources.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to most graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology. Students are strongly encouraged to take the GRE during the summer between their sophomore and junior year.

For CSD majors the Writing Across the Curriculum requirement is completed once the student has passed CSD 459W.

CSD 100 and CSD 269 are currently the only CSD courses available online (through World Campus), offered every summer, fall and spring semester.

Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSYCH 1003HDFS 129 or PSYCH 2123
General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 15, ENGL 30H, ESL 15 recommended)3STAT 200, EDPSY 101, or PSYCH 200‡†3-4
General Education Course (GA)3General Education Course (GWS) (CAS 100, CAS 100A, CAS 100B, CAS 100C recommended)3
General Education Course (GH)13General Education Course (GN) Physical Science23
General Education Course (GN)3General Education Course (GA)3
PSU First Year Seminar31 
 16 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 229, 249N, 315, 411, 418, 432, PSYCH 270, or PSYCH 4713EDPSY 14 or PSYCH 2613
General Education Course (GH)13General Education Course (GWS) (ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D recommended)3
General Education Course (GHW)11.5-3General Education Course (GN) Human Biological23
General Education Course (GQ)‡13General Education Course (GHW) or Elective11.5-3
Elective13Elective13
 Elective13
 13.5-15 16.5-18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CSD 146*3CSD 300*3
CSD 230*3CSD 311*3
CSD 269*3CSD 331*3
Elective13CSD 433*3
Elective13Elective13
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CSD 341*3CSD 442*3
CSD 444*3CSD 451*3
CSD 462*3CSD 459W*3
Elective13Elective (CSD 431)13
Elective13Elective12-3
 15 14-15
Total Credits 120-125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

ASHA requires 25 documented shadowing hours with an ASHA-certified speech pathologist or audiologist. Hours must be documented on the Observation Log found at: http://csd.hhd.psu.edu/student-advising-resources.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to most graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology. Students are strongly encouraged to take the GRE during the summer between their sophomore and junior year.

For CSD majors the Writing Across the Curriculum requirement is completed once the student has passed CSD 459W.

CSD 100 and CSD 269 are currently the only CSD courses available online (through World Campus), offered every summer, fall and spring semester.

Career Paths

Students who complete an advanced degree in speech-language pathology evaluate, diagnose and provide treatment for people of all ages who have communication disabilities and differences. Speech-language pathologists with master’s degrees work in hospital and rehabilitation centers, schools, community clinics, nursing homes, and private practice. Audiology students who complete a clinical doctorate of audiology degree (Au.D.) evaluate, diagnose and treat people of all ages with hearing loss. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists who earn doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees typically teach and conduct research in a university setting.

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Professional Resources

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS
308 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3584
csdinfo@psu.edu

https://hhd.psu.edu/csd

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES
777 West Harrisburg Pike
W-355 Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6189
mpf5451@psu.edu

https://harrisburg.psu.edu/humanities/communication-sciences-disorders/bachelor-communication-sciences-disorders