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Explore the communication sciences and disorders bachelor’s degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Learn how to diagnose, treat and support individuals with communication, cognitive and swallowing challenges with a communication sciences and disorders bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Through a comprehensive and diverse curriculum, you’ll gain insight on how to evaluate and best assist individuals across a variety of ages and disorders. Coursework provides the foundation for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology. 

Known for providing unique and experiential learning opportunities, the Communication Sciences and Disorders department will help you to build your skillset and resume. For example, the chance to work with individuals who are transgender allows you to support those seeking gender-affirming voice and speech services, while also providing you with firsthand field experience. Instructional internships within our department teach you how to mentor, actively listen and practice patience and compassion as you work with fellow students in the classroom. You are also highly encouraged to get involved in undergraduate research, study abroad and participate in the National Student Exchange program. 

Students in the communication sciences and disorders program learn the latest techniques and best practices from some of the industry's very best. In fact, faculty and staff in UW-Eau Claire’s Communication Sciences and Disorders department were recently awarded the prestigious UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award, acknowledging their history in providing exceptional education and generating outstanding graduates.

At UW-Eau Claire, you'll quickly find that you earn so much more than a degree. You'll learn from supportive professors, develop critical skills and feel prepared to succeed in a growing and fast-paced field.

A unique and heartwarming research opportunity

Research doesn't always happen in a lab. Sometimes, it takes place in a cabin by the lake. Each year, CSD students eagerly participate in the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Camp, where they work with people who have suffered a stroke or brain damage and have trouble communicating.

Students and the campers work together to do traditional camp activities, like fishing and hiking. They also conduct exercises to help campers find new ways to communicate their thoughts and feelings, often benefiting their partners and caregivers as well.

"The bonds you form with people over three days is astounding," CSD student Terah Homolka said. "The feeling that you know you're taking the time to interact with someone who is so used to just being brushed aside because it takes too long or is too awkward to try to communicate with them — it's such a good feeling. You're giving them a chance to have a voice, which is something we all deserve to have."

Why communication sciences and disorders at UW-Eau Claire?

Skill-building facilities. Our state-of-the-art Center for Communication Disorders will help you to gain valuable clinical training experience while using some of the industry's latest technology. The highly-equipped center includes 16 therapy rooms with direct observation facilities, two group treatment spaces, an assistive technology lab, and mobile speech, voice, and audiology equipment. Here you’ll work directly with clients of the Chippewa Valley community, boosting your confidence and building skills that will benefit you in your future career. 

Instructional internships. The chance to explore teaching and positions within an academic setting is available to all communication sciences and disorders students, thanks to the department's innovative instructional internships program. This unique opportunity allows you to learn about course development and implementation; explore teaching, paraprofessional and classroom aid career paths; and build on your existing industry knowledge. 

Unique learning opportunities. The annual Chippewa Valley Aphasia Camp connects you directly with members of the community who have aphasia, a communication disorder caused by brain damage. Working closely with Mayo Clinic Health System, you'll gain incredible insight through the learn-by-doing mentality of the camp while fostering impactful relationships. Many graduates have described this experience as being a highlight of their university career.

Connection to local employers. An annual Nursing & Health Care Professional Fair will further connect you to a variety of employers, including hospitals, clinics, community agencies and schools. This fair is specifically for those looking to enter the healthcare field. The event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.

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Preparing for the real world

UW-Eau Claire's CSD program includes many opportunities for students to gain real-world experiences interacting with community members. So, when COVID-19 temporarily moved student-client interactions online, faculty had to get creative to ensure students still had the learning experiences they need to thrive in their future careers. 

CSD and nursing faculty came together to create a shared simulation experience for their students using the College's high-tech simulation lab. The simulation was an important reminder for CSD major Carissa Phelps that in her future career, she too will be part of a larger care team providing services to a client.  

"It was really cool to work with nursing students and see what they would do normally," Carissa said. "In class, we're focused on our role. But there always will be other team members. It's good to know how to collaborate when a nurse or another professional comes in. It was cool to get to do that firsthand."

Quick facts

Communication sciences and disorders program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. 
Student organizations
  • National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CSD Ambassadors
  • Operation Smile Club

What can I do with a communication sciences and disorders degree from UWEC?

Our renowned communication sciences and disorders program prepares you for graduate school as well as a career in the healthcare field. Graduates go on to pursue a rewarding career working in medical, educational and professional settings. 

For those interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist, UW-Eau Claire offers a master's degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Where are communication sciences and disorders alumni now?

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The CSD department has taught me that as an emerging speech-language pathologist, I am doing more than just restoring an individual’s ability to communicate. I’m empowering others to confidently live life to the fullest. This department has kindled my passion for serving others, and for that I am forever grateful.

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Studying abroad brings insight into future career

Studying abroad opens doors to new experiences, from learning about different cultures to meeting lifelong friends. For Amanda Rumpca, it also led to an "aha moment" that would have a major impact on her future career as a speech-language pathologist.

While studying abroad in Spain, Amanda gained insight on how to relate to her future clients.

"As an English-speaking American, I learned how it feels to be a cultural and linguistic minority, an experience that will be particularly important while working with clients from diverse backgrounds," Amanda said. "Study abroad changed many of my perspectives and gave me a look at how others in the world live, think and act."

Communication sciences and disorders bachelor’s degree program curriculum

All communication sciences and disorders students participate in integrated classroom and clinical experiences that develop their clinical competence. Taught by supportive, expert faculty, you'll find your niche and discover where you'll have the biggest impact helping others.

What classes do communication sciences and disorders majors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the comprehensive communication sciences and disorders major in the UWEC course catalog

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Department information

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Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Eau Claire, WI 54703
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