Bachelor of Arts (BA)
The pre-professional, undergraduate major places primary emphasis on the general area of communication sciences and disorders. The 43-credit hour major involves a combined curriculum in speech-language pathology and audiology.
Students who are interested in the CSD undergraduate program must be admitted to WSU
and meet the minimum requirements for entrance into the College of Health Professions. New students should contact the Office of Admissions or International Education regarding admission to WSU.
There is no departmental application for the undergraduate program. For questions regarding becoming a CSD major, please contact our Program Coordinator.
Departmental Honors Track
Students working towards a degree in communication sciences and disorders have the opportunity to receive honors recognition through their major. Interested students may apply to the CSD Honors Track once they are in the major. For questions, please contact Trisha Self, CSD Honors Coordinator.
Fall honors application deadline: April 1
Spring honors application deadline: November 1
Honors Program Admission
Admission requirements include:
- Status as a CSD major;
- An overall GPA of 3.500 in CSD coursework;
- A one-page, double-spaced letter describing reasons for applying to the honors track, goals and potential benefits to participating in the program; and
- Agreement by a CSD faculty member to mentor the final project.
Honors Program Requirements
Students admitted to the CSD honors track must complete the following:
- Maintain a 3.500 cumulative GPA in CSD coursework;
- Enroll in and complete the honors assignments with a minimum of 12 credit hours of
CSD coursework selected from the following options:
- CSD 504H Aural Rehabilitation - Honors (3 credit hours)
- CSD 506H Acoustic and Perceptual Phonetics - Honors (3 credit hours)
CSD 512H Communication in Special Populations: Children - Honors (4 credit hours)
- CSD 517H Communication in Aging - Honors (3 credit hours)
- CSD 519H Genetic and Organic Syndrome - Honors (3 credit hours)
- Actively participate in facilitated meetings with other CSD honors students;
- Be a participating member of the WSU Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WSUSSLHA) student organization;
- Maintain a portfolio of assignments, activities and reflections throughout the honors track; and
- Complete and present a mentored scholarly activity during the last year of the program by enrolling in 1 credit hour of CSD 490H Directed Study in Speech and Language Pathology or Audiology - Honors.
Students enrolled in the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College who want to take honors courses in our department may do so by contacting the CSD
Minor in Signed Languages
A minor in Signed Languages from Wichita State will give you an understanding of American
Sign Language and nonverbal communication. The minor benefits many majors—and careers—related
to health care, education, psychology, linguistics and more.
The minor consists of 15 credit hours. You’ll learn about American Sign Language, deaf culture, nonverbal communication and other related topics.
View CSD Minor in Signed Languages curriculum (WSU Undergraduate Catalog)
IMPORTANT NOTE for 2020 AY: The 2020 AY year catalog has an elective listed, CSD 260 - Signing Exact English, which is no longer offered. It will be replaced with CSD 740C: Selected Topics in ASL, as another elective option. That change has been submitted for revision in the 2021 AY catalog.
For more information on our offered signed language courses and interpreting basics,
please visit the
Signed Language webpage.
Are you interested in gaining more experience in your field of study while pursuing your degree? The Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning program at Wichita State University has many options available for students.
A maximum of 8 hours (CSD 481) and/or 4 hours (CSD 481N) may be applied towards the bachelor's degree. Graduate students may apply 3 hours (CSD 781) towards their degree with departmental approval.
Midwest Student Exchange Program
The Midwest Student Exchange Program is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program for residents of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Eligible non-resident students are charged no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs. This BA degree program is included in the exchange program and the tuition reduction would be effective after all pre-major courses were completed and admission to the major was granted. For more details about MSEP programs offered at Wichita State, visit http://msep.mhec.org/institution/wichita-state-university.
Shocker Select Tuition Discount
Eligible Wichita State University undergraduate students from Oklahoma or Texas no longer have to pay out-of-state tuition to attend WSU. For further details, visit the Shocker Select webpage.