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  Dec 12, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Sciences and Disorders


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OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: None.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: CSD majors require  a cumulative 2.0 GPA in all CSD courses taken.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: CSD 491

Contact Information: Nancy Hall,334 Dunn Hall, (207) 581-2404, nhall@maine.edu


The study of Communication Sciences and Disorders involves the examination of human communication, its development and disorders. The ability to communicate may be our most distinctive characteristic as a species. 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 of 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.

The undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Maine provides a general education in speech, language, and hearing sciences. In addition it prepares students for graduate study in the professions of speech-language pathology, audiology, and related fields.  The Master’s program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Maine is accredited by Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Majors must complete coursework in biological and physical sciences, mathematics and statistics, behavioral and/or social sciences, basic normal communication and swallowing processes and nine credits in non-departmental cognate areas including PSY 100. A list of recommended courses is available from the Department. Students taking department courses to satisfy requirements within the Communication Sciences and Disorders major must have a cumulative GPA of C (2.0) or better in CSD courses.

All students in Communication Sciences and Disorders are expected to take advantage of the laboratory and service opportunities provided through the department’s scientific laboratories as well as through the Conley Speech, Language and Hearing Center.  Opportunities exist for students to observe clinical work, and develop research skills.  Students are encouraged to speak with the department chair for more information.

Required Courses for Students in Communication Sciences and Disorders Program


Courses external to the CSD department:


Students also are required to complete:


In-depth Study in a specific area and Additional coursework in Communication, Diversity, and/or Ethics.

In-depth Study:


In-depth study involves at least 12 semester credit hours (with at least 9 at 200-level or higher) in a specific area.  This may be accomplished through completion of a minor or second major.  In-depth study coursework must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.

Additional Coursework:


Additional coursework includes 9 semester credit hours (beyond courses taken to satisfy General Education) in two of the following three areas: 1) Communications, 2) Diversity, 3) Ethics.  A list of possible courses that fulfill this requirement is available in the department office.

Suggested Curriculum for the BA in CSD


First Year-First Semester


First Year-Second Semester


Second Year-First Semester


Second Year- Second Semester


  • Biological Science Credits: 3-4
  • Minor or Area of Concentration Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3
  • General Education Credits: 3

Third Year-First Semester


Third Year-Second Semester


Fourth Year-First Semester


Fourth Year-Second Semester


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