Pursue a rewarding career as a speech pathologist or audiologist.
Communication is central to human interaction. A Communication Sciences and Disorders
degree from UND prepares you to pursue professional work, including a graduate degree
in speech-language pathology or audiology.
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Why earn an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders?
Communication Sciences and Disorders is a rapidly growing discipline that offers tremendous
personal and professional rewards. At UND, you'll learn the fundamentals of communication
sciences and disorders, including:
Speech and hearing science
The Communication Sciences and Disorders degree program offers excellent preparation
for graduate study, which you'll need to work as a speech-language pathologist or
Whether your goal is to help children overcome speech disorders or work with adults
confronting hearing loss, our program provides the skills you need to make lives better.
CSD graduates from UND go on to top graduate schools across the country and find job
opportunities in audiology, speech-language pathology and more. A Communication Sciences
and Disorders degree prepares you to pursue:
A graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology
A graduate degree in Audiology
A career as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
What can you do with a communication disorders major?
A Communication Sciences and Disorders degree gives you the strategic skills you need,
Speech Disorder Specialist
Our graduates have gone on to a variety of successful careers in:
Medical settings including - Sanford Health, RiverView Health & Park Nicolet Rehab
School settings including - West Fargo Public Schools, Upper Vally Special Education
Unit, and Bellevue School District
Private practice settings including - Pediatric Partners (ND), Sora Therapy (MN),
and Carolina Speech Connections (NC)
Communication Sciences and Disorders Major Courses
CSD 232. Survey of Communication Disorders. 3 Credits.
Introduction to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology with a focus on some speech, language, and hearing disorders. F,S.
CSD 223. Phonetics. 3 Credits.
This course provides knowledge and skills in English phonetics. Students learn to produce, recognize, and transcribe English speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Topics include anatomical mechanisms for producing speech, classification of vowels and consonants, suprasegmental features, and phonetic variations. Course will also include practice of broad and narrow transcription (normal and disordered speech) and steps for clinical speech sampling. F,S.
CSD 235. Speech and Hearing Science. 4 Credits.
Principles of speech production, including source-filter theory and the acoustic analysis of vowels and consonants. Students will be introduced to the physics of sound (acoustics) and fundamentals of psychoacoustics related to human speech communication and hearing. Prerequisite: CSD 223, CSD 231, and MATH 103 or higher. S.
CSD 343. Language Development. 3 Credits.
The nature and development of linguistic content, form, and use from birth to adulthood are studied relative to the development of communication and speech; relative to cognitive, social, and physical development; and relative to cultural diversity. Corequisite: ENGL 209 and PSYC 250 or equivalents. F.
CSD 340. Normal Language Structure. 3 Credits.
The purpose of this course is to learn to analyze the grammar of English, focusing on morphology and syntax. The knowledge gained will serve as a foundation for the analysis of normal and impaired language. Prerequisite: ENGL 209 or equivalent. S.
CSD 431. Introduction to Audiology. 3 Credits.
Survey of audiology, specifically diagnostics and hearing disorders. Introduction to scientific principles and methods of administering, interpreting, and integrating components of the basic audiologic test battery, including case history/otoscopy, pure-tone air-and-bone conduction testing, speech testing, and immittance measures. Students will gain practical experience in administering the comprehensive audiologic test battery. Prerequisite: CSD 231, CSD 235, and MATH 103. F.
Leaders in Action
With personal experience guiding her, Olivia Taylor pursued speech language pathology
to help others.