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Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.A., B.S.)

The communication sciences and disorders (CSD) major at Thiel College serves the higher education needs of pre-professionals as they advance their career and reach toward their personal enrichment goals. This interdisciplinary curriculum prepares students to compete for admission to graduate school and prepare for a career in the profession. Dr. Nancy Antonino serves as the adviser and program coordinator.

Clinical practicum at area hospitals, schools, clinics and extended care facilities plus internship opportunities at St. Paul’s and Children’s Center of Mercer County enable students to apply theory to practice. The broad background provided by this major is an important first step in preparing students to provide quality care for the adults and children with whom they will work.

A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in CSD will:

  1.  Demonstrate a working knowledge of principles of basic science and normal development in relation to speech, language, hearing, and swallowing for entry level into the profession.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, etiologies, diagnostic and treatment methods for each disorder area within the scope of practice for Speech Language Pathology.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of professional and ethical standards of conduct within the field of CSD.

Departmental Objectives

The CSD major has the following objectives:

  1. To provide a pre-professional curriculum;
  2.  To prepare students for graduate study leading to certification;
  3. To introduce students to diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders (speech and hearing) in adults and children through course work and clinical practicum; 
  4. To introduce students to diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders in adults and children;
  5. To stimulate student insight into the impact of communication disorders across the lifespan;
  6. To acquaint students with the characteristics, roles and responsibilities of professionals in this challenging field.

Communication Sciences and Disorders with two pre-professional tracks: B.A. and B.S.

A major in CSD may be satisfied by completing the B.A. or B.S. requirements. The broad background provided by this major is an important first step in preparing students for successful entry into graduate school. Students interested in speech and language disorders may find the Bachelor of Arts requirements as a suitable first step in pursuing their professional goals as speech-language pathologists. Students interested in speech/hearing sciences, hearing, balance disorders, phonology and research may find the Thiel College Bachelor of Science a suitable first step in pursuing their professional goals as audiologists.

Major Requirements

The CSD major consists of 63 credit hours for the B.A and 68 credit hours for the B.S.; both the B.A. and B.S. complete 36 hours of CSD courses. Those intending to earn a B.A. are required to take 27 credit hours of interdisciplinary minor requirements:

  • BIO 284 or 294
  • CHEM 100
  • COMM 225
  • MATH 211 or PSY 233
  • PSY 150, 222, 240 and 270

Those intending to earn a B.S. are required to take 32 credit hours of interdisciplinary minor requirements:

  • BIO 284 and 294
  • CHEM 100
  • COMM 225
  • MATH 211 or PSY 233
  • NSCI 202
  • PSY 150, 222 and 270

All courses taken for the major in CSD must be passed with a grade of C minus or better. All courses with a CSD and BIO prefix, after matriculation, are to be completed at Thiel College.

Suggested Sequence of Major Requirements

Fall Semester

  • CSD 111 Intro. to Communication Sciences & Disorders (freshman or sophomore year)
  • CSD 193 Nature and Development of Language (sophomore or junior year)
  • CSD 218 Sign Language I (sophomore or junior year)
  • CSD 220 Auditory Disorders (sophomore or junior year)
  • CSD 420 Clinical Practicum (junior or senior year)
  • CSD 450 Current Topics in Audiology (junior or senior year)

Spring Semester

  • CSD 191 Acoustical Phonetics (freshman or sophomore year)
  • CSD 214 Speech and Hearing Science (freshman or sophomore year)
  • CSD 215 Anatomy and Physiology of the Vocal Mechanism (sophomore or junior year)
  • CSD 370 Communication Disorders in Adults (junior or senior year)
  • CSD 392 Communication Disorders in Children (junior or senior year)
  • CSD 395 Aural Rehabilitation (junior or senior year)
  • CSD 420 Clinical Practicum (junior or senior year)
  1. Seniors may elect to take CSD 460 Integrational Internship in CSD as a continuation of their clinical experience.
  2. Juniors and seniors may elect to take 1-3 independent studies in CSD.
  3. CSD majors may elect to take CSD 318 Sign Language II as a continuation of CSD 218 Sign Language I