Dec 01, 2023
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).
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)
Foundational Math (3 credits)
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.S. Requirements (6-8 credits)
Bachelor of Science
Six to eight semester credit hours in courses approved by the department. Students should consult with their academic advisor for a listing of those courses.
Required Courses (43 credits)
Required Outside Coursework (17 credits)
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
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.