Learn how to diagnose and treat communication disorders 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. Elective courses give you the ability to focus your studies in areas like 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, a chance to volunteer at the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Camp gives you the opportunity to support those who have a stroke or brain injury, while also providing you with firsthand field experience. And instructional internships within our Center for Communication Disorders teach you how to mentor, actively listen and practice patience and compassion. 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.
Through the generosity of alumni and other partners, UW-Eau Claire is able to offer many different scholarships to incoming and current Blugolds. For example, the Kim Monahan Memorial CSD Scholarship awards $1,000 to two students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in communication sciences and disorders.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your communication sciences and disorders degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Communication sciences and disorders program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- American Sign Language Honor Society
- Operation Smile Club
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, an audiology suite, a speech science and voice lab and an assistive technology lab. 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.
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, academic 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?
- Speech-language pathology clinical fellow, Marshfield Medical Center, Wisconsin
- Graduate student, UW-Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- Special education assistant, Eau Claire Area School District, Wisconsin
Communication sciences and disorders jobs
- Speech-language pathology assistant
- Rehab aide
- Family advocate
- Special education paraprofessional
- Volunteer coordinator
- Medical equipment sales
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.
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.
Classes for communication sciences and disorders majors may include:
- Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
- Aural Rehabilitation
- Child Language Disorders
- Speech and Hearing Science
- Voice and Resonance Disorders
- Introduction to Sign Language
- Communication Changes and Disorders of the Older Adult
- Aphasia and Related Disorders
Learn more about the comprehensive communication sciences and disorders major in the UWEC course catalog.
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 below, are due by February 15 and September 15 each year.
To apply, please complete and submit the CSD Major Application and attach a recent degree audit.
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.
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