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Major in Communication Sciences & Disorders

The CSD Major:

  • Prepares you for graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology
  • Integrates academic knowledge with clinical competency
  • Lets you interact with graduate students in the Speech and Hearing Center and learn assessment and treatment techniques
  • Meets undergraduate requirements for certification with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Satisfies prerequisites for graduate degrees leading to New York State licensure

Benefits of a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Science (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders

You Are Choosing a Quality Program

Our mission is to effectively prepare students to meet the challenges of our professions by providing quality instruction, modeling and mentoring, and curricular changes which reflect our diverse society in accordance with the accepted standards of our professions. Our curriculum is comprehensive and integrates academic knowledge and clinical competencies. It meets all undergraduate requirements for certification with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and all undergraduate requirements for New York State Licensure.

You Will Be Prepared for Graduate School

The communication sciences and disorders undergraduate major is a pre-professional track that prepares students for a career as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Courses focus on the scientific basis and nature of human communication, its disorders, assessment, and remediation. Students study the normal processes of hearing, speech and language development, and their disorders such as articulation and phonological disorders, language-learning delays/disorders, aphasia, autism, hearing impairment, deafness, and others. Highly qualified faculty members, who have an extensive background in the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders, teach all of the courses.

You Will Be Prepared to Work with Clients with Communication Disorders

The goal of the undergraduate program is to provide a solid foundation for the development of clinical expertise. Students interact with graduate students in the Speech and Hearing Center. There, they are introduced gradually to functioning as a student clinician by observing assessment and treatment sessions. Although you will perform the majority of your clinical work at the graduate level, some undergraduates are allowed to work with one client during their last year of study. They love it!

Program Requirements

CSD Curriculum (623) — Sample Program

Year 1 — Freshman

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CSD 240 — Intro. to Communication Disorders 3   CSD 241 — Speech & Language Development 3
General Education:
  • Social Science — PSY 101
  • Oral Expression — CMM 101
  • Written Expression — ENG 101
  • Library Skills — LIB 200
9–10   CSD 211 — Elementary Sign Language I 1
  General Education:
  • Natural Science — BIO 100/103/120
  • American History or Western Civilization
15
Elective 3   Elective 3
Total Credits 15–16   Total Credits 15

Year 2 — Sophomore

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CSD 342 — Phonetics 3   CSD 344 — Hearing and Speech Science 3
CSD 343 — Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism 3   PSY 311 — Survey of Human Development 3
General Education:
World Systems or Foreign Language (CSD 212 — Elementary Sign Language)
— and — 
Physical Science — (Physics 103 or Chemistry 101)
— or — 
General Education: Humanities or Art
6–7   Physical Science — Physics 103
— or — 
General Education: Humanities or Arts
3–4
  Electives 6
  Total Credits 15–16
Elective 3      
Total Credits 15–16      

Year 3 — Junior

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CSD 345 — Intro. to Audiology 3   CSD 443 — Aural Rehabilitation 6
CSD 338 — Professional Writing (must be taken before CSD 380)
— or — 
CLG 402
3   CSD 338 — Professional Writing (must be taken before CSD 380)
— or — 
CLG 402
3
Physical Science — Physics 103 or Chemistry 101
— or — 
Elective
— or — 
General Education: Humanities/Arts
3–4   CSD 445 — Intro. to Articulation and Phonology 3
  General Education:
Global Issues and/or course from cognate list and/or Electives and/or Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion
3
General Education:
Global Issues and/or course from cognate list and/or Electives and/or Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion
6   Total Credits 15
Total Credits 15–16      

Year 4 — Senior

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CSD 380  — Practice of Speech- 
Language Pathology
3   CSD 448  — Lang/Literacy Disorders 3
CSD 439 — Participatory Observations 1   CSD 410 — Communication Systems & Disorders 3
Gen. Ed./MAT 161 (Statistics) 3   CSD 465  — Senior Capstone 3
Global Issues and/or course from cognate list and/or Electives and/or Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion 9   CSD 460/461 — (Clinical Practicum for qualifying UG beginning clinician)
— or — 
Electives
1–4
Total Credits 16   Total Credits 12

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about communication sciences and disorders at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact:

Patrick Coppens, Ph.D., Interim Chair
Office: Sibley Hall 222C
Phone: (518) 564-2173
Email: patrick.coppens@plattsburgh.edu

SUNY Plattsburgh
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Sibley Hall 226
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901