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Undergraduate Programs in
Speech Pathology and Audiology

Required and Elective Undergraduate CSAD Courses

(For students graduating in May 2019 and beyond)

Required Coursework

Courses Taken Prior to Admittance (17 hours)

General University Courses

CSAD 199. Orientation to Speech Pathology and Audiology. 1 hour. Designed to meet the First-Year Experience core objectives for pre-SPA students, this course serves as an orientation to the professions of speech pathology and audiology as well as departmental degree programs, requirements, and personnel. [ Fulfills WVU First Year Experience requirement for CSD majors.] 

CSAD 270. Effective Public Speaking. 3 hours. Designed for improvement of the student’s speech based upon theory and demonstrated performance of voice and diction skills and public-speaking skills for effective communication in a variety of speaking situations. [May be used to fulfill General Education Curriculum objectives 4 and 6 or General Education Foundations f4.]


Courses Required in the Major

CSAD 200. Introduction to Communication Disorders. 3 hours. Survey of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders. Introduction to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.

CSAD 222. Phonetics and Phonology. 3 hours. PR: CSAD 200 & Ling 101. Description, classification, and transcription of the speech sounds in English. Phonetic and phonological principles presented in normal, dialectal, and clinical speech and language context, particularly as these principles to speech-language pathology and audiology.

CSAD 234. Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism. 4 hours. PR: CSAD 200 or concurrent enrollment. An overview of anatomy, physiology, and neural pathways for the speech and hearing mechanisms. The respiration, phonation, articulation, and resonance systems will be highlighted for speech production. The outer ear, middle, and inner ear will be highlighted for hearing perception.

CSAD 236. Language Science. 3 hours. PR CSAD 200. Study of the structure and function of human language. Methodologies used within the field of speech-language pathology to examine oral and written language will be utilized. 


Required Courses Taken Jr. and Sr. Years (21 hours)

CSAD 320. Speech Science. 3 hours. PR: CSAD 200 and CSAD 234: Review of the fundamental concepts related to acoustics, perception and production of speech, and associated theoretical models.

CSAD 336. Language Acquisition I. 3 hours. PR: CSAD 222 and CSAD 236. Normal processes involved in the acquisition of language, including the development of phonological, semantic, morphological, pragmatic and syntactical systems in prelinguistic, emergent, and developing language stages. Application of these processes to the diagnosis and treatment of language disorders.

CSAD 340 Hearing Science. 3 hours. PR: CSAD 200 and CSAD 234: The purpose of this course is to provide the student with basic knowledge in two areas of hearing science: the physics of sound (acoustics) and the perception of sound (psychoacoustics). This knowledge will provide a foundation for further study in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

CSAD 342. Introduction to Audiology. 3 hours. PR: CSAD 234. Introduction to the profession of audiology; principles of hearing screening, audiological assessment and treatment; disorders of hearing; audiogram interpretation.

CSAD 426. Introduction to Speech Disorders. 3 hours. PR: CSAD 222. Introduction to the speech disorders of articulation, fluency, resonance and voice.  Characteristics and course of treatment for the different disorder types will be discussed across the lifespan.

CSAD 440. Audiological Assessment. 3 hours. PR: CSAD 340 and CSAD 342. Application of basic audiological techniques, including puretone and speech audiometry, masking, and immittance testing.

CSAD 442. Aural Rehabilitation.  3 hours. PR: CSAD 342. Communication and hearing impairment; aural rehabilitation evaluation; remediation including amplification, auditory and visual training, and assistive listening devices.

CSAD 485. Professional Applications in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 3 hours. PR: Senior status. CSAD Seniors will meet weekly face-to-face and online to develop a clinical research project related to speech, language, or hearing communication disorders. (Fulfills capstone requirement; CSAD 496, Senior Thesis, may substitute for CSAD 485 if student follows guidelines.)

Elective Courses (9 required hours)

CSAD 274. Manual Communication. 3 hours. Development of skills needed to communicate in sign language. The manual alphabet, basic number concepts, and the basic vocabulary of traditional American signs.

CSAD 276. Intermediate Manual Communication. 3 hours. PR CSAD 274 or consent. Improve skills needed to communicate in sign language. Includes increasing sign language vocabulary, practicing finger spelling, and communicating with signs.

CSAD 280. Communication Disorders in Film. 3 hours. Analysis of selected films to explore the socio-emotional and functional impact of impaired speech, language, hearing, and cognition and the ways in which society views people with communication disorders. [ May be used to fulfill General Education Curriculum objectives 4 and 6.]

CSAD 424. Language Disorders. 3 hours. The nature and etiology of child and adult language disorders are described. Assessment and remediation procedures are examined.

CSAD 436. Language Acquisition II. 3 hours. PR: CSAD 336. Normal processes involved in the acquisition of oral and written language, including the later development of semantic, pragmatic, phonological, morphological, and syntactical systems. Application of these processes to the diagnosis and treatment of developmental language disorders.

CSAD 480. Speech and Language Assisting. 3 hours. PR: Consent. Assisting graduate clinicians in the treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders. 

CSAD 482. Speech and Language Practicum. 3 hours. PR: CSAD 480 with a grade of B- or better and Consent. Clinical Practicum in treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders. 

CSAD 483. Audiology Practicum. 2 hours. PR: Consent. Clinical practicum in audiology.  

Abroad/Research/Seminar Electives (no minimum)

CSAD 293 A-Z. Special Topics. 1-3 hours PR: Consent. Investigation of introductory-level topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

CSAD 388 A-Z. International Experience in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 3 hours. PR: Consent. Faculty-led exploration of professional practices and perspectives related to communication sciences and disorders in foreign countries and cultures. Offered only through study abroad.

CSAD 492 A-Z. Directed Study. 1-3 hours. Directed study, reading, and/or research.

CSAD 493 A-Z. Special Topics. 1-3 hours. PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced-level topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

CSAD 494 A-Z. Seminar. 1-3 hours. PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty. 

CSAD 495 A-Z. Independent Study. 1-3 hours. PR: Consent. Faculty-supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

CSAD 496 A-Z. Senior Thesis. 1-3 credits PR: Consent.

CSAD 497 A-Z. Research. 1-6 hours. Independent research projects.

CSAD 498 A-Z. Honors. 1-3 hours. Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.