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Degree Programs - Undergraduate Degree Requirements

The study of Communication Sciences and Disorders involves the examination of human communication, its development and disorders. Human communication is essential to learning, work, and social interaction. Communication disorders affect the way people talk and understand. These disorders range from simple sound substitutions to total impairment in the ability to use language. Impaired communication can affect every aspect of a person’s life. Students who study communication sciences acquire a broad general background relevant to careers or graduate study in such fields as speech-language pathology, audiology, education, and health care.


Undergraduate Entrance Requirements in Years (as established by the College)

A high school diploma with the following specific courses:

  • 4 credits of English
  • 2 credits of Algebra I and Algebra II
  • 2 credits of Foreign Language
  • 1 credit of Laboratory Biology
  • 1 credit of Chemistry or Physics
  • 2 credits of Social Studies

The required high school academic course of study, combined with academic electives, should equal at least 17 credits.

To ensure current mathematical skills, students should take a mathematics course during their senior year of high school.

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General Education Requirements for Current Students

Every University of Maine academic program is based upon a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. The University’s goal is to ensure that all of its graduates, regardless of the academic majors they pursue, are broadly educated persons who can appreciate the achievements of civilization, understand the tensions within it, and contribute to resolving them. This component of every program is called general education, and it amounts to about one-third of every program. The design of general education at the University of Maine is meant to be flexible within the broad goals it seeks to achieve. It affords each student many ways of meeting its requirements, which, in addition to its English requirement, fall into six broad categories: Human Values and Social Context, Science, Ethics, Mathematics, Writing Competency and Senior Capstone.

All UMaine students must complete these general education requirements, which are counted in the total credit hours required for graduation and may be contained in the Major Requirements as well.

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General Education Categories and Requirements

ENG 101 College Composition

18 credits Human Values and Social Context area (at least 3 credits
must be taken within each sub-category; a single course may satisfy more than 1 sub-category). Categories include: Western Cultural Tradition, Social Context & Institutions, Cultural Diversity & International Perspectives, Population & the Environment, Artistic & Creative Expression

  • 2 courses in Science
  • 1 course Ethics (emphasis on discussion of ethical issues in 1 course or
    series of courses)
  • 6 credits Mathematics (including statistics & computer science, only 3
    credits in computer science can count toward this requirement)
  • 2 courses Designated Writing Intensive (1 must be within the major – the Senior Capstone Course)
  • 1 Capstone An approved experience in which the student integrates the components of his or her undergraduate training to perform at a professional level. The capstone experience is usually completed during the senior year in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.

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Requirements for Departmental Majors

Students must complete coursework in biological and physical sciences, statistics, behavioral or social sciences, basic normal communication and swallowing processes, and nine credits in non-departmental cognate areas including PSY 100. Students also are required to complete nine semester credit hours in the following areas beyond General Education requirement courses (at least one course in two of the three areas): Communication, Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives, and Ethics. These nine credits help students develop useful tools for studying communication behaviors. A list of acceptable courses for the major requirements is available in the department office in Dunn Hall.

An approved minor or In-depth Study of at least 12 semester credit hours (with at least nine at 200 level or higher) in a specific area is also required.

Required Courses Within the CSD Department:

  • CSD 100 Majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders (fall only)
  • CSD 130 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (spring and fall)
  • CSD 300 Clinical Observation in Communication Sciences and Disorders (spring only)
  • CSD 301 Introduction to Clinical Audiology (fall semesters only)
  • CSD 380 Early Language Development (fall semesters only)
  • CSD 383 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (fall semesters only)
  • CSD 481 Phonological Development and Phonetics (fall semesters only)
  • CSD 482 Neuroscience for Communication Disorders
  • CSD 484 Introduction to Speech Science (spring semesters only)
  • CSD 487 Disorders of Speech and Language (spring semesters only)
  • CSD 490 Senior Capstone: The Clinical Process I (fall semesters only)
  • CSD 491 Senior Capstone: The Clinical Process II (spring semesters only)

Required Courses Outside the CSD Department:

  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • LIB 200  Information Literacy
  • 1 course in Physics
  • 1 course in Statistics
  • 1 course in Biological Science

Additional Coursework:
At least 9 semester credit hours (beyond courses taken to satisfy General Education requirements) in 2 of the following 3 areas:

  • 1) Communication
  • 2) Diversity
  • 3) Ethics

Additional Offerings in CSD:

  • CSD 101 American Sign Language I (spring and fall semesters)
  • CSD 102 American Sign Language II (spring semesters only)
  • CSD 497 Special Topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 498 Directed Study in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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CSD Course Offerings for the 2011 – 2012 Academic Year

Fall 2011

  • CSD 100 Majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 101 American Sign Language I
  • CSD 102 American Sign Language II
  • CSD 130 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 301 Introduction to Clinical Audiology
  • CSD 380 Early Language Development
  • CSD 383 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • CSD 481 Phonological Development and Phonetics
  • CSD 490 Senior Capstone: The Clinical Process I

Spring 2012

  • CSD 101 American Sign Language I
  • CSD 102 American Sign Language II
  • CSD 130 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 300 Clinical Observation in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 484 Introduction to Speech Science
  • CSD 487 Disorders of Speech and Language
  • CSD 491 Senior Capstone: The Clinical Process II

 

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CSD Sample Course Rotation of Major Courses(for students declaring the major in their first year)

 

First Year-First Semester

  • CSD 100 – Majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders Credits: 1
  • PHY 105 – Descriptive Physics Credits: 4
  • PSY 100 – General Psychology Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3

First Year-Second Semester

  • CSD 130 – Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3

Second Year-First Semester

  • CSD 380 – Early Language Development Credits: 3
  • LBR 200 – Information Literacy Credits: 3
  • BIO 100 – Basic Biology Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3

Second Year-Second Semester

  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3

Third Year-First Semester

  • CSD 301 – Introduction to Clinical Audiology Credits: 3
  • CSD 383 – Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism Credits: 3
  • MAT 232 – Principles of Statistical Inference Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3

Third Year-Second Semester

  • CSD 300 – Clinical Observation in Communication Sciences and Disorders Credits: 1
  • CSD 487 – Disorders of Speech and Language Credits: 3
  • CSD 482 – Neuroscience for Communication Sciences and Disorder Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3

Fourth Year-First Semester

  • CSD 481 – Phonological Development and Phonetics Credits: 4
  • CSD 490 – Senior Capstone: The Research Process Credits: 3
  • In-Depth Study Credits: 3
  • In-Depth Study Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3

Fourth Year-Second Semester

  • CSD 484 – Introduction to Speech Science Credits: 3
  • CSD 491 – Senior Capstone: The Clinical Process Credits: 3
  • In-Depth Study Credits: 3
  • In-Depth Study Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3

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This is a sample only, and your program of study should be reviewed with your advisor each semester. Some courses listed in the junior year could be taken in your senior year. Please remember that in your senior year you will be completing a formal project, and it is important to have knowledge in as many CSD areas as possible in order to complete this project. CSD 101 & 102 American Sign Language I & II can be taken at any time. CSD 497 Special Topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders and CSD 498 Directed Study in Communication Sciences and Disorders provide an opportunity for students to pursue special studies or research projects with faculty. These courses are available to juniors and seniors;  participation is subject to faculty approval.


Requirements for a Minor in CSD (18 credits)

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers an undergraduate minor.  The opportunity to complete minor studies in CSD may appeal to students majoring in English, Education, Biology, Human Development, Music, Anthropology, Foreign Languages, Theatre, Social Work, Nursing, and other disciplines. In addition to providing students with the opportunity to engage in concentrated study in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders, a minor in CSD may provide the student with the necessary coursework to pursue graduate study in the fields of speech-language pathology and/or audiology.

A minor in CSD will consist of CSD 130 – Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders. Credits: 3 and 15 additional credit hours of CSD courses. Students must earn a minimum of C (2.0) in each course applied to the minor. A minimum of 12 CSD credit hours must be taken at the University of Maine. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders must approve all transfer courses applied to the minor.

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Career Opportunities in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Learn more about career opportunities in Communication Sciences and Disorders: http://www.asha.org/careers/

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