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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Communicative Disorders and Sciences, BA

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The BA in Communicative Disorders and Sciences degree, offered by the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences , is a pre-professional program intending to prepare students for graduate study in audiology or speech-language pathology. 

Summary of Degree Units

University Graduation Requirements 38
Major Preparation 15-18
Major Requirements 42
University Electives 22-25
Total 120

Program Roadmaps

The 4-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums).

Communicative Disorders and Science courses are only offered once per year. That means that students begin CDS courses in Fall semesters only, as Spring semester courses cannot be taken without having completed the Fall semester prerequisites.

University Requirements

Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment, and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Core Lower Division General Education (18 units)

Of the 39 units required by the university, 21 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3, B4, or F must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with a a major advisor for details.

Upper Division General Education (9 units)

Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with a major advisor for details.

American Institutions (6 units)

Complete one 6-unit sequence of American Institutions (US123) courses, which also satisfies GE Area D. Students may also satisfy the American Institutions Requirement  with other courses, but these may not satisfy other GE areas.

The American Studies sequence (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ; 12 units) or Humanities Honors course (HUM 2B ; 6 units) satisfies the American Institutions Requirement and additional GE Areas (see course descriptions for details).

Consult with a major advisor to select the appropriate sequence.

Physical Education (2 units)

All SJSU undergraduate students, regardless of major, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in physical activities. To accommodate students’ needs and interests, the university offers a diverse selection of activity courses .

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (3 units)

At SJSU, students must pass a Writing in the Disciplines (100W) course with a grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirements. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found in the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  section.

Major Preparation (15-18 units)

Complete One Course From:

Complete One Course From:

Complete One Course from (with Advisor Approval):

Major Requirements (42 units)

Practicum (6 units)

Placement in clinical practicum is contingent upon completing a clinic application, class availability, major GPA verification of 3.0+ and an overall GPA of 2.7+. Students who do not complete an undergraduate clinic practicum will need to see their advisor to submit a course substitution form.

University Electives (22-25 units)

Selected in conference with advisor (may include a minor).

Total Units Required (120 units)

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