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Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

The undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program is designed to begin in the fall following completion of the university's general education requirements (GECRs), the university's graduation requirements, program supporting courses all totaling over 100 quarter credits.  The student may wish to seek a minor in an other program of study to obtain the extra credits. There are several programs with minors that naturally complement Communication Sciences and Disorders e.g. Aging Studies, English, Linguistics, Special Education, Sociology, and Psychology.

Interested in our major? Please contact the Center for Academic Advising & Retention (CAAR) for information about our program.

Application Process: Application Period for Fall 2019 is March 18 through June 21, 2019

If you are currently an Eastern student you should evaluate your progress towards the requirements for this major using Student Online Academic Review (SOAR). SOAR is an automated record reflecting academic progress toward degree completion.  By considering completed coursework, your current EWU enrolled courses, and transfer coursework, SOAR provides timely information on your progress toward degree completion.

Once you are admitted to the major, please contact the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Coordinator for information about our program. 

The undergraduate program is on the semester schedule. This means the program typically begins the third week of August and ends early May. Students will not be able to enter the program until ALL their general education core requirements (GECRs) are complete including the university graduation requirement of a Foreign Language and an International Studies course. The required supporting course work for the program must also be complete. NOTE: Eastern requires 180 quarter credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree; however, the CSD curriculum currently provides about 78 quarter credits. The student is responsible to complete the balance of credits prior to starting the program. 

Supporting courses for the profession are guided by the knowledge and skills outcomes of the certification standards for the CCC-SLP as set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) see  The student must demonstrate course work for each of the following areas: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics and the Social/Behavioral Sciences. 

  • The appropriate course work in Biological Sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences. Acceptable courses in Physical Sciences should include Physics or Chemistry. Acceptable courses for Social/Behavioral Sciences should include Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology or Public Health. Course work in Math must include a Statistics course. Research methodology courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement. In addition, the CSD program requires coursework in Interpersonal Communication.  
  • The required supporting courses can be fulfilled at Eastern or acceptable transfer courses from other colleges or universities.


What will I study?

Program Academic Course Schedule   

General Education Core Requirements (GECRs) MUST be satisfied prior to entering the program in the Fall semester. Consult the general undergraduate catalog or consult with an undergraduate adviser to plan completion of the missing credits.  Even when transferring to Eastern with a direct transfer degree, the student needs to be aware that the university (Eastern) requires a Foreign Language, International Studies and Culture Gender Diversity courses to be completed for graduation with a Bachelors degree. The CSD curriculum currently provides about 78 quarter credits; therefore, the student is responsible to complete the balance of credits to graduate prior to starting the program.   

Because of the rigor required in our course work, we require students applying to the program and/or declaring Communication Sciences and Disorders as their major, to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. This minimum is also necessary to remain in the program. A 2.75 GPA is also required by the CSD department for graduation. 

  * The undergraduate courses are sequenced. Therefore, it is best to enter the program in the Fall of an academic year. 


Students who graduate with a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the typical processes of speech
  • Describe the typical processes of language
  • Describe the typical processes of hearing
  • Describe the typical process of swallowing
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of speech-language pathology assessment
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of hearing disorders assessment
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of speech-language pathology treatment
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of hearing disorders treatment

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • students will: apply foundational principles for assessment and intervention of disorders of hearing, speech, language and swallowing
  • students will: recall and relate the causes, characteristics and consequences of the disorders of hearing, speech, language and swallowing
  • students will: compare the content and sequence of the development of speech and language in children from birth through school-age
  • students will: describe the anatomical, physiological and psychological properties involved in the normal communication process of hearing, speech, language and swallowing
  • students will: demonstrate knowledge of the physics of sound and the measurement of its dimensions, and be able to apply basic principles of acoustics to human hearing and speech
  • students will: illustrate insight into the communication disorders profession by participating in service learning opportunities

What could I do with my degree?

  • The bachelor's degree is considered a pre-professional degree. Graduates with a bachelor's degree typically apply for advanced graduate study. Individuals holding a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders may also apply to professional doctoral programs in audiology. In the State of Washington individuals with a bachelor's degree can be employed as speech-language pathology assistants.
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