Communication Sciences and Disorders
Chairperson: Dr. Stacy Betz
Office: Memorial Hall 232
Telephone: (309) 298-1955; Fax: (309) 298-2049
Faculty: Betz, Biller, Burke, Dalmasso, Ehrgott, Papakyritsis, Pohlpeter, Quesal, Silberer.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Undergraduates in Communication Sciences and Disorders study speech and language development; anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing; speech and hearing science; speech, language, and hearing disorders; and evaluation and treatment procedures.
Most undergraduates plan to apply to graduate school and pursue careers as speechlanguage pathologists or audiologists. The undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides the foundation for graduate work in either speechlanguage pathology or audiology. For students who plan to seek employment immediately after graduation, the major provides a solid background in disability, typical and atypical communication, professional report writing, and scientific thinking, all of which are useful in many professional settings.
The department also offers a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, which would complement coursework in related fields, such as Psychology and Social Work. Students majoring in fields such as Computer Science with an interest in artificial intelligence or voice recognition might find a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders useful in understanding the science behind human communication.
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 see the Centennial Honors College page of the catalog or visit the Centennial Honors College website at wiu.edu/Honors.
Bachelor of Science—Communication Sciences and Disorders
All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders must complete I, II, III, IV, and V below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.
- University General Education Curriculum Requirements: 43 s.h.
- Core Courses: 45 s.h.
CSD 100, 121, 122, 210, 211, 212, 312, 383, 385, 386, 390, 472, 481†, 482, 494
- Any Approved Minor*: 16–20 s.h.
- Open Electives*: 11–15 s.h.
- Other: 14 s.h.
- PSY 100
- STAT 171
- One of: BIOL 100, 101, 204; ZOOL 200
- One of: PHYS 100, 114, 115, 211; CHEM 101, 102, 150, 201, 202
#The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) an intermediate foreign language requirement; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved study abroad program.
†CSD 481 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
*Categories III and IV must provide a minimum of 31 s.h. A range of semester hours is listed for each of these categories because the breakdown depends on the student’s choice of minor.
Minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders: 18 s.h.
- CSD 100 and 210: 6 s.h.
- CSD 211 or 212: 3 s.h.
- Select 9 s.h. from the following:: 9 s.h.
CSD 312, 383, 385, 386, 390, 472, 481, 482, 494, or other courses with the approval of advisor.
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. (3) 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.
383 Neuroscience for Speech, Language, and Hearing. (3) Overview of the neuro-anatomy and neuro-physiology related to speech, language, and hearing. Emphasis will be placed on both the central and peripheral nervous systems. Prerequisite: CSD 210.
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.
385 Developmental Communication Disorders. (3) Study of the characteristics, etiology, assessment, and treatment of developmental communication disorders. Topics will include speech sound disorders, cranio-facial disorders, autism, fluency, developmental syndromes, and child language disorders. Prerequisites: CSD 212 and 312.
386 Acquired Communication Disorders. (3) Study of the characteristics, etiology, assessment, and treatment of acquired communication disorders. Topics will include aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, voice disorders, and dementia. Prerequisite: CSD 383.
390 Audiometry and Hearing Disorders. (3) The study of the problem of hearing loss, diagnosis, and audiological testing. Prerequisite: 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 firstsemester 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 speechlanguage- hearing sciences. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280; consent of instructor and department chairperson.
472 Scientific Thinking in Communication Sciences and Disorders. (3) Overview of the scientific method and interpretation of research literature in the field of communication sciences and disorders. Emphasis will also be placed on the use of evidence based practice in the fields of audiology and speechlanguage pathology. Prerequisites: ENG 280 and STAT 171 and either junior or senior standing in CSD of permission of instructor.
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 390.
482 Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology. (3) Study of the clinical management of communication disorders with particular emphasis on intervention methods such as developing treatment plans and monitoring treatment progress. Interviewing and counseling skills will also be addressed. Prerequisites: CSD 385 and 386.
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 385 and 386; 30 clinical observation hours; minimum GPA of 3.0 in CSD coursework.
494 Aural Rehabilitation. (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.
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; 30 clinical observation hours; minimum GPA of 3.0 in CSD coursework.