2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 24, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Sciences and Disorders, BS

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Karen A. Doherty, Ph.D.
621 Skytop Road
Suite 1200


Phone: 315-443-9637


Academic: Karen Doherty, Kimberly Lamparelli, Soren Lowell, Linda Milosky, Joseph Pellegrino, Jonathan Preston, Beth Prieve, Ellyn Riley, Victoria Tumanova and Kathy Vander Werff, Clinical: Kristen Kennedy, Tamma Kordas, Megan Leese, Anita Lightburn, Meghan Lister, Sue Ellen Maxfield, Ramani Voleti; Adjunct Instructor, Bonnie Hulslander, and Emeritus Professor, Mary Louise Edwards

Program Description

The program in communication sciences and disorders provides students with a broad education in human communication sciences and disorders. Students may participate in clinical experiences in the Gebbie Speech-Language- Hearing Clinic. The program prepares students for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology and other related fields in health, education, and science. Interested students have the opportunity to participate in research in faculty laboratories.

A master’s degree is required to practice speech-language pathology, and a clinical doctoral degree (Au.D.) is required to practice audiology. Minimally, a student will need a 3.0 GPA to be considered for these graduate programs. Many graduate programs require a higher GPA.

Degree Awarded:

Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Total Credits required:


Prerequisites for admission into the major:

Students interested in this major should contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at csd@syr.edu as early as possible. Students are formally admitted to the major after consulting a department advisor on a plan of study and successfully completing CSD 212  with a B or better, or by petition.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the nature of the basic human communication process, including the biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic and cultural bases

2. Demonstrate knowledge of aspects of speech, language and hearing disorders, including: phonology, articulation, language, hearing voice, swallowing and fluency disorders

3. Explain the basic foundations of treatment of communication disorders including prevention, evaluation, and intervention

4. Demonstrate professional writing skills for academic and clinical situations: organization, technical skills, intended audience and purpose

5. Evaluate hypotheses about human communication processes in order to develop critical thinking skills

6.  Identify aspects of human diversity (e.g. age, ethnicity, gender, race, disability) that influence communication and the disorders of communication that individuals may experience

Major Requirements

The B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders requires students to fulfill the quantitative skills requirement for the liberal arts core and to complete 34 credits in CSD courses, plus 12-13 non-CSD credits that can also be counted towards the Liberal Arts Core, as outlined below. (Total 46-47 credits)

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