Bachelor's in CSD

Curriculum Overview

A complete listing of all core and elective courses is available in the official JMU Undergraduate Catalog.

Major Requirements

Required Courses Credit Hours
CSD 200. Introduction to Communication Disorders 3
CSD 207. Phonetics 3
CSD 208. Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear and Voice Mechanism 3
CSD 209. Acoustics of Hearing and Speech 3
CSD 300. Language Development 3
CSD 301. Audiology 3
CSD 318. Aural Rehabilitation 3
CSD 314. Phonological and Language Disorders 3
CSD 415. Neuroanatomy and Neurogenic Communication Disorders 3
CSD 416. Organic Disorders in CSD 3
Choose one:
CSD 470. Methods and Observation
CSD 471. Methods and Observation in Audiology
GPSYC 101. General Psychology 3
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development 3
EXED 200. Nature and Issues of Disabilities 3
Total: 45


A faculty adviser is assigned to each incoming Freshman class. That adviser will normally follow the group of students throughout the four undergraduate years. For general inquiries about the CSD undergrad program and peer advising, please e-mail

The current advisors can be found at

(as of 9/20/2019)

Transfer Student Information

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents

The word "and" between VCCS course numbers indicates JMU credit will be awarded only for completion of the VCCS sequence.

course equivalent information for required courses
JMU course VCCS course
GPSYC 101 PSY 200, or PSY 201 and 202
GPSYC 160 PSY 230, or PSY 231 and 232
CSD 420, 421 ASL 101, 102

(not a CSD major requirement, but sign language is helpful in the field)

Advising Notes for Transfer Students

  1. In addition to major requirements, a biological sciences course is required. Students may meet this requirement by completing a general biology course at the community college.
  2. Because of the sequencing of CSD major courses, students are advised to transfer early (i.e. after one year at the community college). This allows students to begin introductory courses in their sophomore year and gives them the time necessary to build a stronger foundation in the discipline. Because a graduate degree is required to be able to practice in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology, a solid preparation at the undergraduate level is important.
  3. Students are encouraged to concentrate on general education courses at the community college level. It is unusual for relevant CSD courses to be offered at community colleges.
  4. Students interested in the B.A. are strongly encouraged to begin their foreign language at the community college.

Additional helpful information about transferring