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Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders

The undergraduate Communication Disorders program is designed to begin the junior year following completion of the university's general education requirements (GECRs), the university's graduation requirements and a few prerequisite courses (see below). Upon earning the bachelor's degree, most students would then apply for a graduate study.

Department Application
Apply to Eastern Washington University and confirm acceptance to the university
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75

Application Deadline is June 5, 2015

Click here to link to the department application form. Click here if you would like to view the undergraduate checklist we use to monitor your acceptance into the program.  

If you are currently an Eastern student you should evaluate your progress towards the requirements for this major using Student Online Academic Review (SOAR). SOAR is an automated record reflecting academic progress toward degree completion.  By considering completed coursework, your current EWU enrolled courses, and transfer coursework, SOAR provides timely information on your progress toward degree completion.

Questions can be directed initially to the program office, who will route the student to an appropriate program advisor.

The undergraduate program is on the semester schedule. This means the program typically begins the third week of August and ends early May (May 8, 2015). Students need to enter the program with their general education core requirements (GECRs) completed including the university graduation requirement of an International Studies course. Required courses for the profession are guided by the knowledge and skills outcomes of the certification standards for the CCC-SLP as set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) see  

  • The student must also demonstrate course work for each of the following areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and the social/behavioral sciences. Beginning Fall 2014 the catalog states that the appropriate course work in biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences. Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry. Acceptable courses social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology,anthropology or public health. Course work in math must include a statistics course. Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement. In addition, COMD requires coursework in interpersonal communication.  
  • The supporting courses can be fulfilled at Eastern or at other colleges or universities.(e.g. Eastern's CMST 200 and Eastern's CSBS 320).


What will I study?

Junior and Senior academic course schedule

General Education Core Requirements (GECRs) MUST be satisfied prior to entering the program in the Fall semester of the junior year. Consult the general undergraduate catalog or consult with an undergraduate advisor. Even when transfering to Eastern with a direct transfer degree, the student needs to be aware that the university (Eastern) requires International Studies and Culture Gender Diversity courses to be completed for graduation with a Bachelors degree. 

In addition to GECRs there are supporting courses required for the Communication Disorders major: 
Course work in math must include a statistics course. In addition, COMD requires coursework in interpersonal communication.  

  • Statistics
  • Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication

The supporting courses can be fulfilled at Eastern or at other colleges or universities but MUST be complete before entering the program. Once a student has entered the semester based program only semester based classes can be transferred to Eastern. 

*Required COMD course schedule
Because of the rigor required in our course work, we require students applying to the program and/or declaring Communication Disorders as their major, to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. This minimum is also necessary to remain in the program. A 2.75 is also required by the COMD department for graduation. 

* The undergraduate courses are sequenced. Therefore, it is best to enter the program in the Fall of an academic year.

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • Know the processes for assessment and intervention of disorders of hearing, speech, language and swallowing
  • Know the causes, characteristics and consequences of the disorders of hearing, speech, language and swallowing.
  • Understand the content and sequence of the development of speech and language.
  • Know the anatomical, physiological and psychological properties involved in the normal communication processes of hearing, speech, language and swallowing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physics of sound and the measurement of its dimensions, and be able to apply basic principles of acoustics to human hearing and speech.
  • Gain an appreciation and insight into the communication disorders profession by participating in service learning opportunities.

What could I do with my degree?

  • The bachelor's degree is considered a pre-professional degree. Graduates with a bachelor's degree typically apply for advanced graduate study. Individuals holding a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders may also apply to professional doctoral programs in audiology. In the State of Washington individuals with a bachelor's degree can be employed as speech-language pathology assistants.
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