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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Program with a Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders is granted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and requires 120 credits of coursework, including limited clinical practicum.  Students in the CSD major complete foundational coursework in audiology, speech-language pathology, normal language acquisition, anatomy and physiology, and phonetics.  In addition, students complete advanced courses in language and phonological disorders, organic disorders, speech science, clinical methods and aural rehabilitation. Elective courses may be selected from the areas of physical sciences and mathematics, psychology, linguistics, and basic human communication. 

The BA degree is considered a pre-professional degree, since students must obtain a graduate degree in audiology or speech-language pathology to be employed as a certified speech-language pathologist (M.A.) or audiologist (Au.D.) in any work setting.

Coursework for the BA degree in CSD may be completed either on Wayne State's midtown Detroit campus or at the Macomb Education Center.

Completion of the BA degree at Wayne State does not imply automatic admission to one of its graduate programs in CSD.

All places in the graduate programs are filled on a competitive basis. However, the courses taken for the BA Degree in CSD at Wayne State also fulfill the prerequisite requirements for other graduate CSD programs throughout the U.S and Canada. For a listing of programs, see ASHA's EdFind service.

Grade and GPA Requirements

It is departmental policy that a student may earn no more than one grade of “C” or below in the CSD foundation courses (SLP 5300, 5320, 5080, 5090, and AUD 5400). Foundation courses must be successfully completed before students will be allowed to declare a major or register in advanced courses.

If two or more grades of “C’ or below are earned, students will not be allowed to register for advanced coursework or declare CSD as a major.  

Students must also have and maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 and major GPA of 3.0 to continue registeriing for advanced coursework in any given semester.

Department permission is required to register for advanced courses (SLP 5120, 5310, 6460, 6480 and AUD 5420). Students will be granted permission to register only if they maintain a GPA of 3.0 for courses in the major and an overall GPA of 2.75.

ASHA's General Education Requirements 

Students who plan to pursue an MA in Speech-Language Pathology or Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree and the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology must complete undergraduate general education courses that meet the ASHA requirements below.  Only courses appearing on the student's official transcript will be counted as meeting ASHA requirements.

  • College Mathematics:  3 semester hours (STA 1020 or equivalent required for WSU graduate programs)
  • Biological Sciences: 3 semester hours
  • Physical Sciences:  3 semester hours
  • Behavioral-Social Sciences:  6 semester hours

Undergraduate Curriculum & Courses

Where are undergraduate courses in CSD offered?

Undergraduate courses are offered on the main Wayne State campus in downtown Detroit and at Wayne State's facility at the Macomb Education Center. For more information and a list of courses available at the Macomb Education Center, please click here.


Current Students

  • For complete information on your academic progress and status please sign on to Pipeline or STARS.
  • For syllabi and other information relating to courses in which you are currently registered, please sign on to Blackboard.
  • For handbooks and additional information, please click here.


How to Schedule an Advising Appointment



Communication Sciences & Disorders
207 Rackham Bldg 60 Farnsworth Street
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-3339
Fax: (313) 577-8885
Website: clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/csd
Email: csd@wayne.edu