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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


College of Health Sciences


Communication Sciences and Disorders


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a Bachelor of Science degree which provides the preprofessional foundation for graduate study. The student who plans to become a professional speech-language pathologist or audiologist will receive preparation in human communication sciences and disorders as well as a broad educational experience in the liberal arts and sciences.

A career as a speech-language pathologist requires a master’s degree. The Department offers a graduate program which is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in Speech-Language Pathology. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction also has approved the undergraduate/graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. A career as an audiologist requires a doctoral degree (Au.D. or Doctor of Audiology). In Wisconsin, an Au.D. consortial program is offered by UW-Madison and UW-Stevens Point.

Admission to the Major. To be accepted as a communication sciences and disorders major you must have:

1. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better in at least the first 58 credits taken.

2. A GPA of 2.75 or better in communication sciences and disorders courses 220, 230 and 240, earned the first time.

3. English and math competency.

4. Completion of an application form for admission to the major. Applications are available in the Office of Student Services, Merrill Hall 115.

5. Endorsement by the faculty of the student’s written application. Students will receive written notice of the admission decision. A meeting with your advisor to discuss the program of study is required immediately following admission to the major.

Appeal Procedures. Students who are refused admission to the major may appeal the decision by writing to the department chairperson and enumerating the reasons they believe their case is exceptional and merits additional consideration. If possible, the appeal should be accompanied by written support from one or more of the faculty, and should include documentation of any extenuating circumstances cited in support of the appeal. A committee composed of the entire faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will consider individual student appeals for admission to the major. Students are notified in writing of the faculty’s decision concerning the appeal.

Academic Advising. Advising for all undergraduate students is provided by the Office of Student Services, Merrill 115, and students are strongly encouraged to confer with that advisor at least once each semester. Students are also encouraged to meet with a Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty member to discuss the requirements and challenges of a career as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Seniors should meet with their advisor to review their final year of study and discuss opportunities for graduate study.

Degree Requirements. Students must achieve the following:

1. Satisfactory completion of 120 credits.

2. Satisfactory completion of the required courses in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, those required outside the department, and the specific courses and/or experiences required by either the School Track or Health Care Track.

3. Satisfactory completion of the University General Education Requirements.

4. A cumulative 2.5 GPA or better in all credits earned at UWM. Students should note that admission to graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology is highly competitive.  To be competitive with other Graduate School applicants, it is recommended that students maintain a GPA greater than 3.5

5. Completion of the last 30 credits in residence at UWM.

Required Courses For Both Health Care and School Tracks

Communication Sciences and Disorders Courses

 

47 cr.

ComSDis 210

Survey of Communication Disorders

3

ComSDis 220

Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Hearing, and Language Mechanisms

4

ComSDis 230

Introduction to Phonetics

4

ComSDis 240

Normal Speech and Language Development

3

ComSDis 245 Client Diversity in Health Sciences 3

ComSDis 350

Clinical Process I: Articulation and Phonology Disorders

3

ComSDis 351

Clinical Process II: Child Language Disorders

3

ComSDis 380

Bases of Hearing Science

3

ComSDis 450

Bases of Fluency and Voice Disorders

3

ComSDis 460

Survey of Adult Neurogenic Language and Speech Disorders

3

ComSDis 470

Introduction to Audiology

3

ComSDis 480

Speech Science

3

ComSDis 490

Aural Rehabilitation

3

ComSDis 520 Counseling in Communication Disorders 3

           
Extra-Departmental Courses 43-46 cr.

Commun 101

Introduction to Communication

3

Anthro 102

Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society

3

or

   

Sociol 101

Introduction to Sociology

3

Psych 101

Introduction to Psychology

3

HCA 102

Health Care Delivery in the U.S.

3

Physics 107

Physics in Everyday Life

3

or

   

Physics 110

Physics for the Health Professions

4

Bio Sci 202 Anatomy and Physiology I 4

Bio Sci 203

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

HMS 270

Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice

3

or

   

Psych 210

Psychological Statistics

4

or

   

Ed Psy 624

Educational Statistical Methods I

3

HS 224

Introduction to Microcomputers for Allied Health Professions

3

Psych 260

Child Psychology

3

Linguis 350

Introduction to Linguistics

3

HS 250

Allied Health Information Methods

2

or

   

English 207

Health Science Writing

3

or

   

English 205

Business Writing

3

ExcEduc 600

Survey of Exceptional Education

3

or    
ExcEduc 300 The Exceptional Individual 3
HCA 222 Language of Medicine 3

Requirements for Health Care Track

Other Required Courses 12 cr.

Psych 254

Physiological Psychology

3

HCA 203

Human Life Cycle

3

Two additional courses, to be selected with the help of your advisor 6

Requirements for School Track

Other Required Courses 11-12 cr.

Ed Pol 375

Cultural Foundations of Education

3

or    

Ed Pol 500

Social Issues and Education

3

or    

Ed Pol 505

Sociology and Education

3

or

   

Ed Pol 530

Urban Education: Foundations

3

or    

Ed Pol 540

Modern Philosophies of Education

3

or

   

Ed Pol 650

History of American Education

3

Ed Psy 330

Introduction to Learning and Development

3

CurrIns 343

Teaching of Reading (ExcEduc sec)

3

or    

CurrIns 643

Teaching Reading in the Elementary School from a Whole Language Perspective

3

or

   
ComSDis 661 The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Literacy 2
Hist 263 North American Indian History Since 1887 3

Ethnic 203

Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past

3

 

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