Sep 21, 2020
Revised Program | Fall 2019
If you are interested in working with individuals with communication differences or disorders, the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders could be your first step toward a career in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.
In Communication Sciences and Disorders, you will obtain knowledge and develop skills related to human communication and communication disorders. You will need a graduate degree to practice in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, but our undergraduate program will give you the foundation you need for your graduate studies.
You will have the opportunity to: 1) meet peers in the major, gain new skills; and learn more about the professions by participating in EMU’s chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA); 2) participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium; and, 3) compete for a prestigious Brehm Scholarship. Most Communication Sciences and Disorders graduates pursue graduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology.
Program and Advisor Information
Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D., Program Director, 128A Porter, 734.487.3300, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the department for advisor information.
Students must meet the following requirements for admission:
- A minimum grade of “C+” in SPGN 251
- A minimum grade of “C+” in SPSI 335
- A cumulative 3.0 GPA
After completing SPGN 251 and SPSI 335 with a minimum grade of “C+,” students must meet with their advisor before continuing their program of study. Students are required to regularly meet with their program area faculty advisor to expedite their program of study.
Continuation and Graduation Requirements
To be allowed to continue in this Communication Sciences and Disorders program and the Special Education & Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, students must meet the following criteria:
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Maintain a cumulative major GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Complete all major courses with a grade of C+ or better. Students will be required to retake any major course in which they earn a grade below C+. A major course may be repeated only once.
- Demonstration of behaviors which indicate reasonable stability, maturity, understanding, and aptitude, as judged necessary for predicted success as a speech-language pathologist.
- Students on academic probation will not be allowed to enroll in major courses until the probation is lifted and their overall GPA is 3.0.
The continuance or termination decision will be made by the faculty in the program area. Students may request a meeting with the faculty of a program area to apprise faculty of any extenuating circumstances that may aid faculty in arriving at a fair and equitable decision. The faculty decision will be final and will be transmitted to the student in writing by the department head.
Nothing in this department’s procedures will negate University or College of Education action for students on academic, administrative, or social probation.
Termination from the program - Students who fail to comply with the continuation criteria stated above will be notified in writing of their termination from the program. Students so notified have the right to appeal such termination through normal University channels. In some cases, a student will be required to meet with program area faculty for discussion of academic performance and continuation in the program.
Major Requirements: 50 hours
To graduate from this degree program, a student must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, a cumulative major GPA of 3.0 or better, and completed all major courses with a grade of C+ or better, at the time of graduation.
K-12 Special Education Core: 15 hours
Communication Sciences and Disorders Requirements: 35 hours
This major requires a minor. Please see Programs for a list of available minors or contact your major advisor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.