Saint Louis University

Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Program

The CSD major attracts students who have a desire to help people with communication problems. They may be especially drawn to the medical, educational, or psychological roots of our professions, but the underlying motivation is that they want to make a difference in people's lives.

The major offers students a strong liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, as well as basic courses in the discipline. Graduates of our undergraduate program earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in communication sciences and disorders.

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Requirements for the degree include:

  • a minimum of 120 credit hours
    • 51-63 hours from core arts and sciences curriculum
    • 39 hours required for the major
    • Remaining hours may be completed as:
      • a minor, or even a double major or
      • elective or related hours
  • 25 hours of clinical observation
  • capstone project

Undergraduate majors are required to maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in the major, specifically in reference to all required CSD courses. Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology, however, typically will need a cumulative GPA of well above a 3.0 to be considered for acceptance into a graduate program.

The undergraduate sample schedule shows how these courses might fit together.

All students in the program experience guided observation of adults and children with a variety of speech, language, and hearing disorders. Undergraduate students meeting all pre-requisites have the opportunity to participate in an elective clinical practicum (typically done second semester, senior year). For more information about requirements for the clinical practicum, see Eligibility Requirements for Clinical Practicum.

If you already have a bachelor's degree in a different discipline and are interested in pursuing a career in speech-language pathology or audiology, but do not have the necessary undergraduate prerequisites, you may wish to inquire about our Leveling Program.  Please refer to the Plan of Study for more information about the courses offered in the Leveling Program at Saint Louis University. Completion of the Leveling Program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program in speech-language pathology at Saint Louis University or any other university.

For more information about the undergraduate program or the leveling program at Saint Louis University, please contact:   

Saneta Thurmon, M.A.
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders                                                           
Saint Louis University                                                                   
3750 Lindell Blvd.                                                                           
St. Louis, MO  63108

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