CSD Undergraduate Studies

We appreciate your interest in our major, and look forward to you joining us in your undergraduate pursuits and beyond. We want you to get to your goals!

Students who major in communicative disorders study speech-language pathology, audiology, and the normal aspects of speech, hearing, and language. In addition, we offer labs for training and research in speech, language, and hearing science as well as speech, language, and hearing disorders.

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There are two paths to the major:

  • The major in the College of Letters & Science leads to the B.A. or B.S. degree.
  • The major in the School of Education leads to the B.S. degree.

You must choose one path to follow. Each path has somewhat different requirements for the major and for the undergraduate degree.

Our department is accredited in speech-language pathology and in audiology by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

If you have questions about our program not answered on this or related pages, please make arrangements to speak with an undergraduate academic advisor:

L&S Academic Advising Walk-in Services

Academic Advising in College of Letters & Science can be considered a resource for general education and breadth requirement advising. The walk-in service is intended for students in the College of Letters & Science who are NOT currently assigned to advisors from L&S Academic Advising Services and have questions.

Suite 155, Middleton Building
1305 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Director of Undergraduate Studies -
Ruth Litovsky, Ph.D.

CS&D advising services are to be focused on students who need to declare the major or who have already declared CS&D and need advising in the major.

378 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Email:
undergrad@csd.wisc.edu

Required Courses

Two paths are available to your Communication Sciences & Disorders major, and have different course requirements. Click the option that fits your goals:

* This UW page will be updated June 1, 2017. View the updated list of required courses.

You should delay enrollment in any course offered by the department and required for the major until you have sophomore standing (at least 24 total degree credits earned).

Undergraduate Course Offerings (as of Fall 2017)

Fall Only Spring Only Fall and Spring Spring and Summer
(online)
CSD 303 (3 cr)
CSD 315 (3 cr)
CSD 320 (3 cr)**
CSD 240 (3 cr)
CSD 424 (2 cr)*
CSD 425 (3 cr)
CSD 318 (3 cr)
CSD 440 (3 cr)
CSD 371 (3 cr)***
CSD 320 (3 cr)**
CSD 434 (2 cr)
CSD 110 (3 cr)
[elementary social sci](elective)
CSD 201 (3 cr)
[intermediate bio science]
CSD 202 (3 cr)
[intermediate bio science]
CSD 210 (3 cr)
[intermediate bio science]
CSD 424 (2 cr)*

*CSD 424: Sign Language I (2 cr), elective in major, is typically offered in fall semester

**CSD 320 will be offered in Spring 2017, and then in the following year it will be Fall-only.

***CSD 371 will only be available to seniors, in particular, those applying to graduate school in CSD.

Note: Students should not take 425 before 320, but they can be taken at the same time.

Elective Courses

The department offers the following elective courses:

  • CS&D 110: Introduction to Communicative Disorders, 3 cr
  • CS&D 424: Sign Language I, 2 cr (Fall only)
  • CS&D 434: Sign Language II, 2 cr (Spring only)
  • CS&D 481: Undergraduate Junior Honors, usually 3 cr (Fall only)
  • CS&D 681H: Senior Honors Thesis, 3 cr
  • CS&D 682H: Senior Honors Thesis, 3 cr
  • CS&D 699: Directed Study, 1-6 cr

Independent Study (CSD 699)

Students majoring in CSD and signing up for independent study credit should review the following:
  1. Students can enhance their "Wisconsin Experience" under the mentorship of a faculty member. For more information, see: https://kb.wisc.edu/ls/page.php?id=20133.
  2. Independent study in CSD is intended to provide students with deeper knowledge in specific sub-fields within the CSD. The knowledge gained is not typically provided in individual classes. The purpose of independent study credits is for students to engage with research topics.
  3. Permission of a faculty member is required.
    • For a single credit, the requirement is to attend a weekly seminar that focuses on research. We offer this option in CSD through the weekly Professional Seminar, which takes place 3x/month (each week except the 2nd week of the month). Mondays at noon, in Goodnight Hall B62. Students who take 1 credit of 699 will attend the seminar, and write a brief summary of what they learned. This document will be uploaded into a dropbox on learn@uw. If the time of the seminar conflicts with the student’s class schedule, seminars can be attended on Friday morning (hearing research seminar), Waisman Center 8th floor, 8:30-9:30am. To sign up for 1 credit of 699, students should send an email to: ruth.litovsky@wisc.edu, and request permission.
    • For 2 or 3 credits, a student will contact a professor in CSD and ask to either be involved in conducting research in a lab, or conduct an independent reading project during the semester. Each credit requires 3 hours/week commitment.
  4. To sign up for 699 credits, students should send an email to the professor with whom they wish to conduct the directed reading. If students do not have someone in mind for that, they should send an email to: ruth.litovsky@wisc.edu.

Online Course Offerings

Recommended Course Sequencing

Sequencing for students beginning major in fall of sophomore year.

Year in School Fall Semester Spring Semester
Sophomore CSD 201
CSD 240
CSD 202
CSD 210 (or Summer)
Junior CSD 303
CSD 315
CSD 318
CSD 440
Senior CSD 320 CSD 425
CSD 371

Sequencing for students beginning major in spring of sophomore year.

Year in School Fall Semester Spring Semester
Sophomore
CSD 201
CSD 202
Junior CSD 240
CSD 303
CSD 315
CSD 210 (or Summer)
CSD 318
Senior CSD 320 CSD 425
CSD 440
CSD 371

Sequencing for students beginning major in fall of sophomore year with junior year study abroad (spring semester).

Year in School Fall Semester Spring Semester
Sophomore CSD 201
CSD 240
CSD 202
CSD 210 (or Summer)
Junior CSD 303
CSD 315
Study abroad
Senior CSD 320 CSD 318
CSD 440
CSD 425
CSD 371

Sequencing for students beginning major in fall of sophomore year with junior year study abroad (fall semester).

Year in School Fall Semester Spring Semester
Sophomore CSD 201
CSD 240
CSD 202
CSD 210 (or Summer)
Junior Study abroad CSD 303
CSD 315
Senior CSD 320 CSD 318
CSD 440
CSD 425
CSD 371

Sequencing for students beginning major in fall of junior year.

Year in School Fall Semester Spring Semester
Junior CSD 201
CSD 240
CSD 202
CSD 210 (or Summer)
Senior CSD 303
CSD 315
CSD 320
CSD 318
CSD 440
CSD 425
CSD 371

Sequencing for students beginning major in spring of sophomore year.

Year in School Fall Semester Spring Semester
Junior
CSD 201
CSD 202
CSD 210 (or Summer)
Senior CSD 240
CSD 303
CSD 315
CSD 320
CSD 318
CSD 440
CSD 425
CSD 317

Courses Satisfying the CSD Major in L&S

Content Area Requirement Courses Satisfying Requirement
Statistics
Stat 301
Stat 311
Stat 371
Psych 210
Soc 360
Psychology Psych 201
Psych 202
Psych 281
HDFS 363
Linguistics Linguis 103
Linguis 303
Engl 214
Engl 314
Engl 318
German 270
Spanish 321
Spanish 327
Spanish 331
Ethnic Studies Anthro 104
Asian Am 101
Asian Am 102
Asian Am 220
Chicano Studies 201
Gen&WS 200
LIS 202
Hist 227
AfroAmer 275
AmerInd 314
Engl 319
Hist 403
Soc 134
Soc 220
Biological Sciences Bio/Botany/Zoology 151
|Anthro 105
Anthro 410
Biochem 104
Biocore 381
Genetics/Zoo 160
Kines 235
Bio/Botany/Zoo 151
Zoology 101

We believe that academic advising is an important aspect of students’ ability to meet the requirements for the major. Our advising sessions will be held weekly or bi-weekly, during which time student will be given input and guidance on how to declare a major, complete the requirements, plan their curriculum, interpret DARS, etc.

Please stay tuned for further details regarding the time and place of the advising sessions, beginning in the first week of the 2016 semester.

A CS&D advisor can help with:

  • Curricular planning and course access
  • DARS interpretation
  • Declaration of the major for L&S students
  • Documentation of study-abroad plans
  • Identification, interpretation and application of most academic policies
  • Major and degree requirements
  • Exploration of interests in independent study and research
  • Understanding the differences between paths to the major

School of Education prospective majors should also meet early and often with an academic advisor in Education Academic Services (EAS). Dual advising by the department and EAS is strongly recommended for students who choose the School of Education path.

L&S Academic Advising Walk-in Services

Academic Advising in College of Letters & Science can be considered a resource for general education and breadth requirement advising. The walk-in service is intended for students in the College of Letters & Science who are NOT currently assigned to advisors from L&S Academic Advising Services and have questions.

Suite 155, Middleton Building
1305 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Director of Undergraduate Studies -
Ruth Litovsky, Ph.D.

CS&D advising services are to be focused on students who need to declare the major or who have already declared CS&D and need advising in the major.

378 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Email:
undergrad@csd.wisc.edu


Declaring the Major

To be eligible for the major, you must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better for the three courses CS&D 201, 202, and 240, the first time these courses are attempted. Prospective majors typically begin taking this three-course “gateway” sequence as sophomores.

If you are a prospective major in the College of Letters & Science, please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to declare your major.

If you are a prospective major in the School of Education, apply for admission to the School, with Communication Sciences and Disorders as the designated major. For details, read the School’s application procedures and admission criteria. In effect, admission to the major is implicit in admission to the School of Education.

The Department invites qualified undergraduate majors to apply for Honors or Distinctions in the Major.

Application Deadlines are March 15 & October 15, respective to the given semester.

The Honors program is an undergraduate experience that enables students to conduct independent research in communication sciences and disorders under the direction of a faculty mentor. If you are majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and are not an honors candidate, you may pursue a junior-senior honors curriculum and thereby earn Distinction in the Major.


Applying for Honors

Before you are formally admitted to Honors in the Major, you may enroll in Honors Communication Sciences and Disorders courses, or take a Communication Sciences and Disorders course for Honors, if you are currently in the Honors in the Liberal Arts program, or if you receive consent of the instructor.

You should submit an Application for Honors in the Major as soon as possible after you are admitted into the Communication Sciences and Disorders major, in your sophomore year.

Please contact an advisor to complete the application form. The Communication Sciences and Disorders Academic Programs Committee will review your application and notify you as soon as possible. Acceptance is based on:

  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to scholastic achievement;
  • Academic performance at UW-Madison (a GPA of 3.5 is required, but a higher GPA in the major is expected);
  • Civic engagement, such as volunteer work and extracurricular activities, at UW–Madison and the broader community;
  • Commitment to excellence;
  • Interest in research in some area of communication sciences and disorders;
  • Evidence of broad scholarship, including humanities, mathematics, and sciences.

Obtaining Distinction

In your final semester, after you have completed the requirements for Distinction in the Major, notify the department’s honors advisor of your graduation. Then, upon completion of classes and posting of grades, provide him or her with an unofficial transcript.

The honors advisor will then verify that criteria for Distinction have been met and will inform the Registrar's Office, who will post Distinction in the Major on the your official transcript.

You do NOT need to complete an honors thesis.

The Department has many active laboratories for training and research in speech, language, and hearing science as well as speech, language, and hearing disorders.

If you are interested in exploring research, first visit the Research section overview of the department's website to learn more about individual faculty labs, and then discuss your interests in more detail with your department advisor. He or she can better direct you, and set the stage for a successful collaboration with one of our faculty members!

Natalie Bowman, undergraduate presenter, at the 12th Annual Posters in the Rotunda

Letters of recommendation from faculty members are an important part of your graduate school application.

To help faculty members write a strong letter of recommendation, you will need to provide a packet of materials to each prospective letter writer. Materials typically will include those listed below, but as individual faculty members may require different types of information, be sure to check with each faculty member about what they need from you. Unless otherwise specified, materials should be in paper form. All materials – paper or electronic - should be clearly marked with your name.

You should begin planning letters of recommendation several weeks in advance of the application deadline. Check with each individual faculty member about when they will need materials from you. Please provide all materials to the faculty member in time for your first deadline. Students are strongly discouraged from adding schools after they submit their initial request and asking for additional letters.

Suggested materials to include in your letter of recommendation request packets:

  • A table listing programs to which you are applying, with due dates for each application.

    For paper applications, the list should include names and addresses to which letters should be sent. For electronic applications, the list should indicate whether the application is through a centralized service such as CSDCAS or the university’s own site.
  • Your overall GPA.
  • Your GPA in the major.
  • Your GRE scores and associated percentile rankings, if available.
  • Information about you that is relevant to your success in graduate school, is not captured in your personal statement or resume, and will help the faculty member write a strong, personalized letter. This should include unique training and experiences such as fluency in other languages, study abroad, military service, PeaceCorps or AmeriCorps, or research experience.
  • A copy of your personal statement. This may be a draft.
  • A recent copy of your résumé.
  • Unofficial transcripts from UW-Madison and any other college or university you attended.
  • For paper applications, a stamped, pre-addressed envelope for each application, and completed recommendation forms if required by that program. In many cases, forms need to be signed by you to waive, or not, your right to review the letter at some time in the future. For electronic applications, you must complete the required identifying fields on the electronic form (e.g., your name; faculty member’s name, position, and address; department name).
  • A photo of you may be helpful, particularly for students from past semesters in large classes.
  • If you have not included essential materials in your request packet, the instructor will not be able to send your letter. Students are responsible for contacting the institution to which they are applying to verify that letters have been received.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders follows the University of Wisconsin Records Retention Schedule.

The Department keeps academic records on file for ten years from the date of receipt of degree or date of last attendance. Students are strongly encouraged to keep copies of all their records especially clinical and practicum hours and evaluations.  Students should contact the Office of the Registrar to obtain transcripts and verification of attendance and degrees.

Academic Advising

Contact Us

L&S Academic Advising Walk-in Services
Suite 155, Middleton Building
1305 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ruth Litovsky, Ph.D.
undergrad@csd.wisc.edu

378 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706


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