Our focus within the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) undergraduate program is to help you develop the skills you need to be successful no matter which path you choose. We work closely with you to provide valuable classroom and clinical experiences. You will learn along with your cohort of CSD undergraduates, and prepare to continue your studies through a graduate program or enter the workforce in a related field.
We have the undergraduate degree option for you
At UWEC our undergraduate program is a comprehensive major. Instead of a minor, our students have the opportunity to select elective courses in related areas of study. You can focus your studies in areas related to academic or medical settings along with exploring options for both speech-language pathology or audiology.
Admissions to CSD Major
Formal admission to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program must be made. A student must be admitted to UW-Eau Claire as a pre-CSD student before applying to the CSD program. Admissions will take place twice each year. Applications, using the e-form, are due by February 15 and September 15 each year.
The following must be completed
- Accepted as a pre-CSD student in the university in good standing
- WRIT 114, 116, 118 or 120, and PSYC 100
- One 3- to 4-credit Biology, Chemistry or Physics course from the following options: BIO 105, 151, 214 or 221, IDIS 125, Chemistry 103, 105, 115, or 127 or Physics 100, 205, 211 or 308
- CSD 235
- One (1) of the following pairs of courses: CSD 256 AND 262 or CSD 257 AND 353
- Earned a grade of C or above in all courses listed above
- Earned a combined GPA of at least 3.0 across 3 of the 5 CSD courses listed above, plus one 3 to 4-credit science course listed above
- Submit the application form, along with a recent degree audit by the deadline
The CSD department uses a holistic admissions process. This means that grades earned in all coursework will be used to make admissions decisions. In addition to grades, the admissions committee will use information gathered through class participation in the CSD courses to support demonstration speaking and writing skills and dispositional skills essential for success in this major. A faculty committee will make admissions decisions and notify all applicants before fall or spring registration begins.
The department may find it necessary to deny admission to a qualified applicant because of enrollment limits in the upper division CSD courses. Depending on the number of applicants, it is likely that the GPA required to be competitive for admission may be well above the 3.0 minimum GPA. Meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee a student will be admitted to the major. Resources allow admission of approximately 60 students each year.
How to Apply to the CSD Major
If graduate school isn’t for you — you still have options
If you are not interested in continuing on to graduate school, there are several careers you can explore instead. Some examples include:
- Positions within a medical setting: rehab aide, family advocate, or unit coordinator
- Positions within an academic setting: classroom aide, special education paraprofessional, or speech-language pathology assistant
- Positions within a corporate or non-profit setting: medical equipment sales, representative for a publishing company that specializes in therapeutic materials, fundraiser, or volunteer coordinator