Gail S. Donaldson, Chair
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The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is devoted to the study of human communication and associated disorders. All students pursuing programs in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders must meet all requirements for admission into the Beaver College of Health Sciences.
For information on the Master of Science degree program in Speech-Language Pathology, please consult the current Graduate Bulletin or contact the department chair.
Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (820A/51.0201)
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a preprofessional program in the study of human communication and associated disorders. The Bachelor of Science degree provides students with the academic preparation and clinical exposure necessary for graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology.
GPA Requirements: A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for each course in the major. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to take courses that require major admission.
Note: Students may repeat a CSD course only once. Students may repeat only two CSD courses throughout the program.
Criteria for Admission to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program
Minimum Admission Requirements include:
- 45 semester hours completed (12 of these at ASU or with program director permission) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and
- completion of the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of B or 3.0 (transfer equivalency will be accepted, including AP or University Placement): CSD 2259, CSD 2260 and three semester hours of the general education science inquiry perspective requirement.
Academic Standards for Retention
Students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program are expected to abide by ASU’s code of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Code and the Department’s Professional Dispositions, Behaviors and Essential Functions policy. The policy states that students must: 1) have the intellectual and academic capabilities sufficient to meet the curricular demands of the programs, 2) be proficient in oral and written English, and 3) possess certain dispositions, behaviors and essential functions that are expected of professionals engaged in clinical practice. Failure to meet the standards may result in dismissal from the program. The standards are fully described in the Communication Sciences and Disorders student handbooks (comdis.appstate.edu/students/student-handbooks-and-forms).
Communication Disorders Clinic
Gail S. Donaldson, Interim Clinical Program Director
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is home to the Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Communication Disorders Clinic which serves as a community-based training facility for graduate students pursuing their master’s degree in speech-language pathology. The Clinic, a non-profit organization, is located in University Hall at Appalachian State University. Established in September of 1968, the primary mission of the Clinic is to provide clinical learning experiences for students majoring in speech-language pathology. The Clinic is recognized for the outstanding clinical services provided to individuals of all ages from the Boone and Western North Carolina regions. There is currently no charge to Appalachian students for services; otherwise the Clinic operates on a fee-for-service basis. For more information, please call (828) 262-2185.
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceMinor
CoursesCommunication Sciences and Disorders