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Communication Sciences and Disorders

CSD Major Curriculum

Communication is a fundamental human right and plays a central role in the dignity and value of human life. Therefore, the Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) Program is dedicated to educating students so that they may assist those who experience communication disorders.

Students choosing Communication Sciences and Disorders as their major will be required to fulfill 36 credit hours within the major. Required courses include:

  • CSD 231, Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders (3)
  • CSD 240, Phonetics (3)
  • CSD 332, Language Development (3)
  • CSD 333, Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing (3)
  • CSD 334, Speech Science (3)
  • CSD 335, Phonological Development and Disorders (3)
  • CSD 336, Fundamentals of Audiology (3)
  • CSD 356, Communication Research Methods (3)
  • CSD 485, Capstone for Seniors (3)
  • 9 credit-hours from the following: 
    • CSD 238S, American Sign Language 3 (3)
    • CSD 239S, American Sign Language 4 (3)
    • CSD 337, Clinical Procedures (3)
    • CSD 338, Language and Culture (3)
    • CSD 339, Linguistics (3)
    • CSD 360S, Communication Science (Clinic) (3)
    • CSD 363S, Community Screening Practicum (3)
    • CSD 399, Directed Research in Communication Disorders (3)
    • CSD 401, Independent Study (3)
    • CSD 433, Aural Rehabilitation (3)
    • CSD 436, Neurogenic Communication Disorders (3)
    • CSD 437, Language Disorders and Children (3)
    • CSD 460, Butler Aphasia Community (3)
    • CSD 481, Topics in Communication Science Disorders—Speech Perception; Pediatric Audiology (3)

In addition, students will be required to satisfy the Butler University Core curriculum as well as the CCOM requirements of Public Speaking, Media Literacy, Communication & Culture, and Foreign Language (3 credit hours at a 204 level or above or scoring an intermediate level or above on a proctored exam).

A minor or concentration is required, comprising 12 hours. A second major also fulfills this requirement.

Additional hours of free electives, combined with the above, to complete the 126 hours needed for graduation.

The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.