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

Learn how to diagnose, treat and support individuals with communication, cognitive and swallowing challenges. 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. Beginning in the fall of 2024, this degree will be available completely online in addition to face-to-face instruction; there is also an online second-degree option for students changing careers.

For those working on their first bachelor’s degree, students can choose the on-campus program or the fully online program. Students who apply for the fully online program are admitted as pre-CSD online and will need to complete the application-to-major process. For those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and are transitioning to the field of CSD, there is a post-baccalaureate program that can be completed in-person or online. Please apply for this program as a second-degree seeking student.

UW-Eau Claire alumni who are employees at Marshfield Medical Center

Helping patients find their voices

Three CSD graduates, Terah Homolka, Katie Beck and Megan Viergutz, all pursued their master's degrees in speech-language pathology at UW-Eau Claire. Now, they work together at Marshfield Medical Center-Marshfield.

What else do these Blugolds have in common? Each one started their undergraduate studies at another institution, but ultimately found their place — and their programs — at UWEC.

Read more about Terah, Katie and Megan's experience at UWEC.

Why communication sciences and disorders at UW-Eau Claire?

Skill-building facilities. The Communication and Sciences Disorders department provides valuable clinical training experience while using some of the industry's latest technology. Our highly-equipped, on-campus lab 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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Quick facts

Communication sciences and disorders program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person and online
  • 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?

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
Nursing Clinical Learning Center

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.  

Learn more about Carissa's experience in the simulation lab.

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

Human Sciences and Services 112
239 Water Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703
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