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

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.

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."

Communication sciences and disorders degree scholarships

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.  
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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
  • American Sign Language Honor Society
  • Operation Smile Club

Communication sciences and disorders bachelor’s degree program highlights

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.

What jobs can you get 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, 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?

Communication sciences and disorders jobs

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.

Kate French Communication Sciences and Disorders
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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.

Classes for communication sciences and disorders majors may include:

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

Application information

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 three times each year. Applications, using the e-form below, are due by February 15, June 15, and September 15 each year.

To apply, please complete and submit the CSD Major Application and attach a recent degree audit. 

Admissions requirements

The following must be completed:

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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