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Speech Pathology and Audiology

Earning Honors Credit Hours in CSD

Students can earn Honors hours in a variety of ways. 

Traditional courses

Most standard Honors courses are special sections of standard classes with a reduced class size (less than 30) and a specially selected Honors faculty member. These classes typically are more focused on open discussion and interaction. Some Honors courses are only offered to members of the Honors College. These courses are also small in size and are lead by an Honors instructor.

Add-on courses

Students may register for a non-Honors course while also registering for an Honors add-on section for that particular class. Add-on sections delve further into coursework. By completing the regular course and the honors add-on requirements, students receive Honors credit hours equivalent to the number of hours offered for the regular course (typically 3 hours).

Contract courses 

Students may also receive credit for a non-Honors course by contracting it as an Honors class. By adding some extra course requirements (usually through more intense reading requirements, a special paper, and/or a final project), students receive Honors credit for the non-Honors course. In order to do this, students should contact their professor before the semester begins or very early in the semester to fill out a contract form (see Contract Course Information). The form, when completed, must be returned to the Honors College office within the first weeks of the semester.

Upper Division Courses

Certain upper division courses have been designated by their departments as eligible for Honors credit when students earn an A in those courses.  Commonly known as “Honors-for-A’s” courses, they are eligible for this credit only for students enrolling at WVU in the Honors College in Fall 2016 or earlier.  View a list of eligible courses.

Honors-for-As

Students must complete the course with an “A” to earn Honors hours for the course. The policy for “Honors for A’s” in upper division courses is available to students who entered WVU in Fall 2016 or earlier. Students entering in 2017 or later are not eligible for this Honors option. 

Speech Pathology and Audiology (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
Note:  SPA students who enrolled in the Honors College in fall 2016 or earlier may count these courses as Honors courses if they received As.  They may have had the SPA instead of CSAD prefix (e.g., SPA 322).
  • CSAD 322/SPA 322 Phonetics 
  • CSAD 326/SPA 326 Articulation and Cleft Palate 
  • CSAD 440/SPA 440 Audiological Assessment 
  • CSAD 424/SPA 424 Language Disorders 
During our transition into a new program (2017-2018) and in order to accommodate our Honors students, we are offering the following elective courses as Honors for A’s for those who enrolled in the Honors College prior to Fall 2016.  Honors for A’s is not available for those who enrolled in the Honors College during the Fall 2017 semester or later.
  • 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 440 Audiological Assessment:   3 Hours. Application of basic audiological techniques, including pure tone and speech audiometry, masking, and immittance testing. 
  • CSAD 480. Speech and Language Assisting. 3 hours. PR: Consent. Assisting graduate clinicians in the treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders. (Note:  may be cross-listed with Honors section)
  • 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. (Note:  Will be offered in Fall 2018; may be cross-listed with Honors section)
  • CSAD 483. Audiology Practicum. 3 hours. PR: Consent. Orientation to clinical methods for evaluation and treatment of hearing disorders. (Note:  may be cross-listed with Honors section)
  • 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. (Note: Senior Thesis may substitute for the capstone course, CSAD 485.)
  • 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.

Internships

Students may apply to receive Honors credit through internships. Interested students should read the internship information page and then stop in the Honors Office to schedule an appointment with the internship coordinator.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is highly encouraged for Honors students. Our students are some of the brightest minds of this generation and have come of age in a global world. It is for this reason that international study is often a life changing experience. The Honors College recognizes this and tries to encourage students to take a week, semester, summer, or year to study abroad. Honors students may apply to receive Honors credit for their work while abroad. The requirements for this credit include blogging about the experience or keeping a journal, and writing a formal reflection. In order to apply for credit, students must petition the Honors college during the semester before the study abroad experience begins. For more information about studying abroad, please visit http://internationalprograms.wvu.edu/. For information about earning Honors hours, please see our study abroad information.
  • 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.

Independent Study/Research

Departmental research projects and/or independent study experiences may count toward Honors credit hours. For more information, please visit the information page.
  • 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. (Note: Senior Thesis may substitute for the capstone course, CSAD 485.)
  • CSAD 497 A-Z. Research. 1-6 hours. Independent research projects. 
  • CSAD 489 A-Z. Honors. 1-3 hours. Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research. 

Tutoring

Upper-class members of the Honors College can serve as peer leaders/tutors. Peer leaders have the option to live in Honors Hall and mentor first-year Honors scholars. Tutors make their services available to the University. If you would like to meet with a tutor, complete our request form.

Mentoring Honors 199

Upper-class members of the Honors College can serve as mentors, facilitators, and educators for first-year students enrolled in HONR 199. 

Please note that Honors hours will not be accrued for courses in which a student earns a D or an F.

In order to earn Honors hours, students must earn a C or better; therefore, Honors credit cannot be earned for a pass/fail experience.