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Communication Sciences And Disorders

Chairperson: Dr. Maureen Marx
Office: Currens Hall 129
Telephone: (309) 298-1955
Fax: (309) 298-2049
E-mail: M-Marx@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/csd

Faculty: Brown, Burke, Ehrgott, Gipson, Marx, Pohlpeter, D. Quesal, R. Quesal, Silberer.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Communication Sciences and Disorders students study speech and language development; anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing; speech and hearing sciences; speech, language and hearing pathologies; and evaluation and management procedures. Graduates continue study in speech-language pathology to the completion of the master's degree and are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association after passing the national examination and completing the clinical fellowship year. Students wishing to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Illinois must have a master's degree plus state teacher certification, and/or licensure depending on place of employment. Career opportunities are available in clinics, hospitals, schools, and private practice.

GradTrac is available to Communication Sciences and Disorders majors.  See more information about GradTrac

Honors Curriculum - Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula visit the Centennial Honors College website at www.wiu.edu/Honors

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science - Communication Sciences and Disorders

All students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders must complete I, II, III, IV, and V. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum:   43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses:  35 s.h.
    CSD 100, 210, 211, 212, 312, 380, 382, 384, 390, 481†, 484, 494
  3. Directed Electives
    1. Select 9 s.h. from the following:  9 s.h.
      CSD 121, 122, 418, 479, 488, 492, 495, 499, or other courses with the approval of adviser
    2. Directed electives in Natural Sciences:  4 s.h.
  4. Any approved minor:  16 – 20 s.h.
  5. Open electives:  9 – 13 s.h.

For students who want to work in the schools, additional courses in the major are needed to complete the requirements for Type 73 (school service personnel certificate endorsed for non-teaching speech-language pathology) certification, and are taken at the master’s level.

†CSD 481 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.

Minors

Minor in Acquisition and Disorders of Language:  17 s.h.

  1. CSD 100, 212, 312, 380, 484:  14 s.h.
  2. Select one course from the following:  3 s.h. 
    CSD 121, 122, 418, 479, 488, 492, 495, 499, or other courses with the approval of adviser.

Minor in Speech Science 17 s.h.

  1. CSD 100, 210, 211, 390:  11 s.h. 
  2. Select additional hours from:  6 s.h.
    CSD 121, 122, 212, 418, 479, 488, 492, 495, 499 or other
    courses with the approval of adviser. 

Course Descriptions

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS (CSD)

010N  Remedial Speech. (2)  Intended for those students who wish to correct personal speech problems. Does not count toward graduation. Graded S/U only.

020N  Remedial Speech/Language for the International Student. (2)  An oral approach to American English as a second language. Does not count toward graduation. Graded S/U only.

100  Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders. (2)  Overview of the major areas of the field including speech-language development and pathologies and audiology. Orientation to career opportunities and professional affairs. Opportunity to observe clinical procedures.

121  Sign Language I. (3)  Introduction to sign language with special focus on topics dealing with the Deaf community’s culture, heritage, and language.

122  Sign Language II. (3)  An intermediate course that builds on introductory signs, focuses on supplemental areas of sign language including profession-specific signs, and American Sign Language (ASL). Prerequisite: CSD 121 or permission of instructor.

210  Basic Anatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism. (3)  Study of the anatomy, physiology, and neurology of the human speech and auditory mechanisms. Consideration of the processes of respiration, phonation, resonation, and audition.

211  Speech Science. (3)  Introduction to the acoustical nature of speech and orientation to the basic instrumentation used in measurement and analysis.

212  Phonetics. (3)  Study of the articulatory and acoustical nature of speech sounds used in English and other phonetic-phonemic phenomena. Instruction in using the International Phonetic alphabet for transcription. Some attention to dialectal differences.

312  Normal Development of Speech and Language. (3)  Study of the development of speech and language from birth through six years of age.

380  Introduction to Articulation and Phonological Disorders. (3)  Study of articulation as a process-skill within a phonologic developmental perspective. Investigation of production, perception, evaluation, and management of children's articulatory disorders. Prerequisite: CSD 212.

382  Introduction to Neurological Disorders of Speech and Language. (3)  Overview of acquired and congenital neuropathologies (e.g., aphasia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis), and introduction to assessment and treatment of those disorders.

384  Introduction to Fluency and Voice Disorders. (3)  Fluency and vocal pathologies, including nature, etiology, and remediation. Consideration of stuttering, cluttering, deviant voice, cleft lip/palate, and other orofacial anomalies. Prerequisites: CSD 210 and 211, or consent of instructor.

390  Audiometry and Hearing Disorders. (3)  The study of the problem of hearing loss, diagnosis, and audiological testing. Prerequisites: CSD 210, 211, or consent of instructor.

400  Senior Honors Thesis Research. (3)  Bibliographic and other preliminary work in preparation for a senior honors thesis (see CSD 401). Students will produce a final, graded project for this course. This course may not be taken concurrently with CSD 401. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280; students must be in good standing in the Centennial Honors College and must be second-semester juniors or first-semester seniors majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

401  Honors Thesis. (3)  Students will write a senior honors thesis. This course may not be taken concurrently with CSD 400. Prerequisites: CSD 400; ENG 180 and 280; students must be in good standing in the Centennial Honors College and must be seniors majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

418  Independent Research in Communication. (1–6, repeatable to 6)  Individual reading or research under supervision of the faculty. Open to juniors and seniors who have demonstrated competence in speech-language-hearing sciences. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280; consent of instructor and department chairperson.

479  Augmentative Communication. (3, repeatable to 6)  The study of the various means of communication aids and the assessment and intervention strategies utilized to implement them. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280.

481  Evaluation Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology. (3)  Consideration of the general role of evaluation in speech and language therapy with intensive study of diagnostic tests and procedures used to assess communication disorders.  Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280; CSD 380, 390, and 484.

484  Clinical Methods for Children's Language Disorders. (3)  Study of procedures for the evaluation and management of language disorders of children. Prerequisites: CSD 312 or consent of instructor; ENG 180 and 280.

488  Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology. (1, repeatable to 3)  Supervised clinical practice with children and adults having speech or language disorders. Students must meet academic and observation hour requirement. Prerequisites: CSD 312, 380, 382, 384, or consent of instructor; ENG 180 and 280; 30 clinical observation hours.

492  Clinical Audiology. (3)  Study of the administration and interpretation of the basic differential diagnostic test battery used in the assessment of auditory disorders. Prerequisites: CSD 390 or consent of instructor; ENG 180 and 280.

494  Aural Rehabilitation I. (3)  History and development of methods of speech reading and auditory training. Multisensory approach to rehabilitation emphasized including specific procedures for handling impaired students in the classroom. Prerequisites: CSD 390; ENG 180 and 280.

495  Aural Rehabilitation II. (3)  Language, psychological, and social behavior of the hearing impaired. Methods of testing and rehabilitation are also studied. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280.

499  Clinical Practicum in Audiology. (1, repeatable to 3)  Supervised clinical practice in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic with children and adults having hearing disorders. Students must meet academic and clinic observation hour requirements. Prerequisites: CSD 390; ENG 180 and 280; 30 clinical observation hours.