Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Interim Chairperson: Dr. Peter Jorgensen
Program Director: Dr. Amanda B. Silberer
Office: Memorial Hall 232
Telephone: (309) 298-1955; Fax: (309) 298-2049
E-mail: csd@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/cofac/csd

Program Offerings and Locations:

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Macomb

Faculty: Burke, Dalmasso, Elbe, Patten, Pohlpeter, 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.

Students have the opportunity to double major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Foreign Languages and Cultures. A second major in Foreign Languages and Cultures will provide students the opportunity to reach a proficiency level that would allow for indepth study of Spanish, French, or German. Proficiency in a second language and culture provides the foundation to later becoming a bilingual speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

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

Honors Curriculum—Academically qualified students in this department are encouraged to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Departmental Honors, or General Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). General Honors includes General Honors coursework. Departmental Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Departmental and General 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.

Degree Program

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.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 45 s.h.
    CSD 100, 121, 210, 212, 311, 312, 381, 383, 385, 386, 390, 472, 481†, 482, 494
  3. Any Approved Minor*: 16–20 s.h.
  4. Open Electives*: 11–15 s.h.
  5. Other: 14 s.h.
    1. PSY 100
    2. STAT 171
    3. One of: BIOL 100, 101, 204; ZOOL 200
    4. One of: PHYS 100, 114, 115, 311; CHEM 101, 102, 150, 201, 202
    NOTE: 3 s.h. of Category A and 10 s.h. of Categories B–D may count toward the University General Education Curriculum requirement.

# The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) a designated foreign language requirement [see Foreign Language/Global Issues 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 Disciplines (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.

Course Descriptions


100 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders. (3) Introduction to the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology including theories and methods related to typical and disordered speech, language, and hearing. Examination of how communication disorders impact a person’s psychological and social functioning. 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 Anatomy and Physiology 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.

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.

311 (Formerly 211) Speech and Hearing Science. (3) Introduction to acoustics, perception of sound by normal hearing listeners, acoustic characteristics of speech, and speech perception. Prerequisite: CSD 210 or consent of instructor.

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

381 Speech Sound Development and Disorders. (3) Study of speech sound development of General American English. Investigation of production, perception, evaluation, and treatment of children’s articulatory and phonological disorders and childhood apraxia of speech. Cleft lip and palate and its effects on speech sounds are included. Prerequisite: CSD 212.

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 311, or consent of instructor.

385 Developmental Language Disorders. (3) Study of the characteristics, etiology, assessment, and treatment of developmental 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, 311, 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 secondsemester 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 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 or 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 Disciplines (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.