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Communication Sciences and Disorders B.S.

Format: In person at Armstrong Campus
Credit Hours: 124

Georgia Southern University’s undergraduate degree program offers the Bachelor of Science with a major in communication sciences and disorders. The communication sciences and disorders major provides preparation in the normal processes of communication and its development, as well as in the identification and treatment of communication disorders for students whose career interests include audiology and speech-language pathology. In addition, the communication sciences and disorders major provides a broad foundation in normal and disordered aspects of speech, language and hearing for students who are interested in pursuing careers in disciplines such as deaf education, speech science, hearing science, special education and child development.

Program Map

The Bachelor of Science with a major in communication sciences and disorders is a pre-professional course of study that prepares students for a graduate program in the field. The communication sciences and disorders course sequence proceeds in a sequential hierarchy of courses.

Undergraduate Progression

The following benchmarks are required for progression through the degree program for the Bachelor of Science with a major in communication sciences and disorders. Students interested in majoring in communication sciences and disorders should contact Academic Advising and Support in the Armstrong Campus Student Success Center for advisement.

The program map is a document that outlines the courses required in the major and the order in which they are taken.

Remember To:

  • Talk with your Waters College of Health Professions (WCHP) academic advisor every semester.
  • Try to maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Follow the course sequence outlined program map and track your progress.

Program Requirements

In addition to the coursework on the program of study the following are required.

  1. Must complete CSDS course work, Area F coursework and related field coursework with a C or better
  2. Complete and submit required documentation of 10 hours of community service which benefits the University, Community, and/or professions of speech-language pathology and audiology-Volunteer Form
  3. Complete and submit required documentation of 25 hours of guided clinical observation experiences verified by ASHA-certified (CCC) speech-language pathology or audiologist-Observation Hours Form
  4. Complete speech, language and hearing screening at the RiteCare Center for Communication Disorders (Armstrong Center, Suite 25)
  5. Satisfy benchmark assessment requirements

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to follow the benchmarks, initiate and maintain contact with their academic advisor. No exceptions to the requirements will be made.

Program Resources

Professional Affiliations and Organizations

American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Georgia Speech-Language Hearing Association
Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology
Georgia Professional Standards Commission
National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association

Student Organizations

National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association
The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the only national student organization for pre-professionals studying communication sciences and disorders (CSD) recognized by the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). We inspire, empower, and support students in the field of CSD. We give you the tools to navigate your academic career while preparing you for your professional one.
Membership Criteria: 2.5 GPA and annual membership dues
Meetings: Monthly
Faculty Advisor: Janet Bradshaw

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Student Academy of Audiology
The mission of the Student Academy of Audiology at Armstrong is to serve as a collective voice for students within the chapter area and to advance the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology. Chapters will engage students in lifelong professional activities that promote and advance the profession of audiology, and provide services, information, education, representation and advocacy for the profession and the public we serve.
Membership Criteria: Students must at least have a 2.5 GPA.
Meetings: General Body Meeting meets once a month and the Executive Board Meeting is once a month.
Faculty Advisor: Maya Clark

Mission

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders Program (B.S. in CSDS) is to foster the knowledge and skills our students need for success in graduate programs and/or careers related to communication sciences and disorders by providing high-quality, engaging, and learner-centered instruction. We support the institutional mission of Georgia Southern University to prepare individuals to think, lead and serve. We also support the mission of the Waters College of Health Professions to prepare future health professionals through academic excellence and interdisciplinary collaboration, while advancing knowledge through scholarship and serving culturally diverse communities. We manifest our alignment with these missions by preparing students to demonstrate and apply knowledge of: communication and swallowing development across the lifespan; communication and swallowing disorders; anatomical and physiological foundations of communication and swallowing; cultural and linguistic diversity; and the processes of team work and evidence-informed decision making. 

Commitment to Diversity

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program, in alignment with diversity initiatives within the Water’s College of Health Professions and Georgia Southern University, celebrates diversity in all its forms. Inclusive Excellence is a strategic pillar and a core value at Georgia Southern University. We recognize that our success as an institution of higher learning and a program depends on our ability to embrace, value, and appreciate the diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni across our campuses. 

As a program, our desire is to foster a learning environment where students, faculty, staff, and administrators from all backgrounds feel welcomed and respected. Learn more about Inclusive Excellence at Georgia Southern here:

Last updated: 8/19/2022