Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog Program: Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.A. (R, L) Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.A. (R, L)

In support of Radford University’s commitment to providing students a transformative educational experience within a community of inclusivity and empowerment, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to cultivating excellence in student-centered learning and engagement. Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD) offers a pre-professional undergraduate program for students interested in careers in speech-language pathology, audiology, and other educational or health-care related professions.

COSD offers a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in COSD enter the Waldron College of Health and Human Services (WCHHS) as Pre-COSD majors. In their first two years, students typically complete their general education and other degree-related requirements, in addition to one introductory course to the major, COSD 225. Transfer students are immediately able to begin their major coursework and complete the major in two years.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology. This degree provides students the opportunity to achieve the knowledge and skills required for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

REAL Curriculum

This major fulfills the R and L areas of the REAL Curriculum. Students will learn to apply scientific and quantitative reasoning to questions about the natural world, mathematics, or related areas; they will also learn to explore professional practice through the application of knowledge, skills, and critical reflection. Students need majors and/or minors to fulfill the E and A areas to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.

REAL Foundational Requirements

Foundational Writing (3 credits)

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ENGL 111 - Principles of College Composition (GE)

Foundational Math (3 credits)

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
MATH 100 - Quantitative Reasoning (GE)
MATH 121 - Math Content for Teachers I (GE)
MATH 125 - Precalculus I (GE) (Recommended for Communication Sciences and Disorders majors due to required course prerequisites. Requirement may be fulfilled through placement testing.)

REAL Cornerstone Requirements

Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level. The Communication Sciences and Disorders major includes 3 credits of writing intensive courses.

General Education Requirements

General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Communication Sciences and Disorders major includes 20 general education credits.

Major Requirements (66-68 credits)

B.A. Requirements (6-8 credits)

Bachelor of Arts

Completion of the Foreign Language requirements described in the Radford University Undergraduate Catalog. (See here.)

Required Courses (43 credits)

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
COSD 225 - Communication Processes, Development, and Disorders.
COSD 301 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech/Language/Hearing Mechanism
COSD 315 - Language Science (WI)
COSD 316 - Hearing Science
COSD 323 - Speech Science
COSD 330 - Introduction to Audiology
COSD 401 - Neuroanatomy in Communication Disorders
COSD 403 - Public School Methods in a Diverse Society
COSD 421 - Language Development: Birth to Five Years
COSD 425 - Later Language Development
COSD 455 - Speech-Language Disorders: Intervention Methods and Application
COSD 459 - Introduction to Articulation and Phonology

Required Outside Coursework (17 credits)

Course NameTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
BIOL 104 - Human Biology (GE) OR
BIOL 105 - Biology for Health Sciences (GE)
CHEM 120 - Chemistry of Life (GE) OR
PHYS 111 - General Physics I
PSYC 121 - Introduction to Psychology (GE)
PSYC 230 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology (GE)
STAT 200 - Introduction to Statistics (GE)

Open Credit Hours (52-54 credits)

These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

Total Hours Needed for Degree 120

Additional Information

Prior to being admitted to the COSD major, students will be considered pre-COSD majors. To be admitted into the COSD junior-level, students must:

  • Attain Junior status (minimum of 56 hours earned).
  • Earn a minimum 2.80 cumulative grade point average in all coursework.
  • Complete an application to the COSD major in the Academic Success Center.
  • To graduate with a COSD major, students must maintain the following minimum academic standards:
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 during junior and senior years.
  • Repeat any COSD course for which a grade lower than “C” is assigned.
  • Students who earn lower than a “C” in any COSD course after exhausting the university repeat option will be withdrawn from the program.