Saint Xavier University Rubloff Hall

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder offers a major and minor for undergraduate studies in speech-language pathology. Please review the program requirements and the course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog, or this Information Sheet (PDF) for more detailed information.

Quick Snapshot

Campus Location
Length of Program
4 years
Courses per Semester
Average of 5 courses
Total Number of Courses
43 courses

Saint Xavier's Chicago campus offers all CSD program courses. Students enrolled in the program are able to partake in clinical observations on campus at the Ludden Speech and Language Clinic. Taking an average of 5 courses per semester, students are able to complete all 25 general education courses and 18 major-specific courses in four years.

Speech-Language Pathology Major

The major in speech-language pathology is an undergraduate program leading to a broad-based bachelor's degree in human communication and its disorders. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue a graduate degree in this field and are offered opportunities to observe and participate in a clinical practicum at the University's Ludden Speech and Language Clinic on campus.

To qualify for a bachelor of arts degree in speech-language pathology, a student is required to satisfactorily complete the following courses:

  1. General Education Curriculum.
  2. Required Courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders: 38 credit hours - CSDI 204, 205, 206, 207, 207L, 301, 302, 304, 305, 306, 307, 309, and 370. A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all courses in the major.
  3. One course covering language and communication across cultures, chosen from one of the following: ANTH/SOC 214; COMM 203; ENGL 241.
  4. Clinical Methods (CSDI 310) and Clinical Practicum (CSDI 355) are available to students who qualify ("B" average in courses in the major).
  5. Twenty-five hours of clinical observation.

Electives may be taken in any areas of student interest. Students will be advised regarding basic biological and physical science, mathematics and social science coursework required for certification at the state and national levels.

Speech-Language Pathology Minor

Speech-Language Pathology minors must complete CSDI 204 and an additional 15 credit hours of communication sciences and disorders coursework. Students interested in this minor meet with the department chairperson and plan a course of study that fits their needs and interests.