Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The pre-professional, undergraduate major places primary emphasis on the general area of communication sciences and disorders. The 49-credit hour major involves a combined curriculum in speech-language pathology and audiology.

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Undergraduate Program Information Session
October 6, 2015
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Ahlberg Hall, Room 302
Topics: Introduction to CSD professions, learn about our different program options, ask questions about applying to the BA major.


Students who are interested in the CSD undergraduate program must be admitted to WSU and meet the minimum requirements for entrance into the College of Health Professions. New students should contact the Office of Admissions or International Education regarding admission to WSU.

Additionally, students must submit an application for admission to the major prior to enrolling in their last semester of pre-major coursework, typically in the spring of the sophomore year. Applications are due one semester in advance -- April 1 (summer/fall) and November 1 (spring).

Deafness & Hard of Hearing (DHH) Concentration

The DHH concentration prepares students to work with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. This concentration provides a degree path for students who may choose to pursue careers in sign language interpreting. It also provides an additional foundation in deafness and hearing impairment for students entering the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology.

This program of study emphasizes the importance of communication in all modalities: signed, spoken and written. As such, students will study typical and atypical communication, audition, amplification, aural rehabilitation, signed language systems, and speech-language interpreting. With an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders and the DHH concentration, students will be prepared to advance their skill in sign language interpreting, if they so choose. The emphasis of this program is on understanding, embracing, and accommodating diversity and valuing the contributions of individuals with sensory differences as vital members of every society.

The undergraduate major in CSD with the DHH concentration requires a total of 54 credit hours. Students wishing to enroll in this concentration must meet the admission requirements for the undergraduate major.

Departmental Honors Track

Students working towards a degree in communication sciences and disorders have the opportunity to receive honors recognition through their major. Interested students may apply to the CSD Honors track at the same time as they apply to the undergraduate major. A minimum GPA of 3.50 in all CSD coursework is required at the time of application. Applicants must also submit a letter describing their goals for participating in the CSD Honors track and obtain a faculty member's approval to work with them on the final honors project at the time of application.

Students admitted into the CSD Honors track must complete the following requirements while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all CSD coursework to receive the departmental honors designation on their diploma and transcript.

  • Complete additional projects within four CSD undergraduate courses (12 credit hours). Contact the department for permission to enroll. Honors course options include:
    • CSD 416H  Introduction to Language Disorders
    • CSD 490H  Directed Study in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology
    • CSD 506H  Acoustic and Perceptual Phonetics
    • CSD 514H  Speech-Sound Disorders
    • CSD 517H  Communication in Aging
    • CSD 519H  Genetic and Organic Syndromes
    • CSD 605H  Neuroscience of Speech and Language: Basic Processes
  • Active participation in CSD Honors student discussions held three times each fall and spring semester. Meeting times and agenda to be determined and facilitated by participating Honors students under supervision of CSD faculty members.
  • Complete an Honors portfolio. Students will maintain an on-going portfolio that will include class assignments, activities, and reflections completed while participating in the CSD Honors track.
  • Be a participating member of the WSU Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WSUSSLHA) student organization.
  • Complete a scholarship activity with a CSD faculty member during the final year of the program and give a public presentation on some aspect of the project during the final semester. Enrollment in CSD 491 Honors Project is required during the semester prior to graduation. Contact the department for permission to enroll.

Students enrolled in the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College who want to take honors courses in our department may do so by contacting the CSD Honors Coordinator.

Cooperative Education

Are you interested in gaining more experience in your field of study while pursuing your degree? The Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning program at Wichita State University has many options available for students.

A maximum of 8 hours (CSD 481) and/or 4 hours (CSD 481N) may be applied towards the bachelor's degree. Graduate students may apply 3 hours (CSD 781) towards their degree with departmental approval.

Midwest Student Exchange Program

The Midwest Student Exchange Program is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program for residents of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Eligible non-resident students are charged no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs. This BA degree program is included in the exchange program and the tuition reduction would be effective after all pre-major courses were completed and admission to the major was granted. For more details about MSEP programs offered at Wichita State, visit http://msep.mhec.org/institution/wichita-state-university.