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Advising Questions? Click the links below for information for

·     Prospective Students

·     Current Students

·     Honors Tutorial College (HTC) Program in CSD

Prospective Students


What are careers in CSD?


Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are trained to identify and treat speech and language disorders. Audiologists are trained in non-medical treatment of hearing, balance and other related disorders. Speech-language-hearing scientists teach or conduct research. See the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website ( for more information.


What do I need to do to pursue a career in CSD?


A master’s degree is required to be a speech-language pathologist. A clinical doctorate degree is required to be an audiologist. A Ph.D. degree is usually required to be a college professor or research scientist.


So I need a graduate degree to become speech-language pathologist or audiologist?  


Correct. The undergraduate degree itself will not allow you to become an independent clinician. Most of our undergraduate students intend to become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, meaning their immediate goal after graduation is to get into graduate school. Therefore, one of the goals of our undergraduate program is to prepare students for graduate school.


What do I need to do to earn a bachelor’s degree in CSD from Ohio University?


In short, you need to complete 120 semester hours of course work, which includes General Education requirements, CSD major requirements, and other course of your choice such as electives, minors, and certificates. See the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog ( for detailed information.


Can I visit campus and talk to someone in the CSD program?


Absolutely. Ohio University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office hosts regular campus visits for prospective and admitted students ( As part of the program, there is a one-hour session for CSD majors. You will have the opportunity to speak with a CSD faculty member and possibly current students. The CSD program does not host separate open house events.


Who can I contact if I have questions that are not answered by consulting the resources listed above?


Dr. Chao-Yang Lee is the Coordinator of Undergraduate Education for the CSD program. He can be reached at


Current Students


What should I do if I have advising questions?


Follow these steps:


1.     Most advising questions can be answered by consulting the following resources:

a.     The Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog ( Official University policies. Use the site’s keyword search function to find the information you need.

b.     The OHIO Guide ( Award-winning guide to commonly asked questions. Use your browser’s Edit-Find function to find the information you need.

c.      CHSP Student Services (, Grover W370, 740-593-9336): This office processes requests such as declaring a minor, course substitution, and DARS adjustment. If you have questions regarding procedures, contact the office directly. Your faculty advisor does not process these requests.

d.     OU’s Web Site for Current Students ( Links to academic and extracurricular resources for students.


2.     If your questions cannot be answered by consulting these resources, contact your academic adviser.

a.     Who is my adviser? Use “My OHIO Portal” on the OU home page to find out (

b.     If you have done your homework, your adviser will make every effort to find the answers for you.


3.     If you have difficulties connecting with your adviser, please contact Dr. Chao-Yang Lee, CSD’s Coordinator of Undergraduate Education, by email:


What classes should I take?


Obviously you should take courses required by the CSD major. The list of required courses can be found in (1) The Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog ( and (2) Your DARS report, which can be accessed by using “My Ohio Portal” on Ohio University’s home page.


In short, the degree requirements can be broken down into three components: (1) General Education requirements, (2) CSD major requirements, and (3) other course of your choice such as electives, minors, and certificates.


The DARS report is the best tool to track your progress toward the degree. A requirement that has not been met is marked with “-“ or “no”, and a requirement that has been met is marked with “+” or “OK”. Therefore your goal is to take courses in order to turn all the “-“s and “no”s into “+”s and “OK”s.


Is there a particular order I should follow in taking courses?


Some courses have prerequisites, meaning you will not be able to take a course before completing its prerequisites. For example, CSD 3800 needs CSD 2530, which needs PHYS 2001/2002, which needs MATH 1200 or Math placement level 2 (PL2). You can find this information on the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog.


Can you provide more specific guidelines on how to choose classes?


Yes. Here are a few tips:


1.     In general, 1000 level courses are intended for first-year students, 2000 level courses are intended for sophomores, etc.


2.     Take CSD 1080 (Introduction to Communication Disorders) as soon as possible because it is the prerequisite for many upper-level CSD courses.


3.     Take math. This is important because math preparation will determine when you may take certain upper-level CSD courses.

a.     If your math placement is DV, take MATH D005 (Developmental Math) as soon as possible so that you can take MATH 1200 (College Algebra), then MATH 1300 (Pre-Calculus), and then MATH 2500 (Statistics).

b.     If your math placement is PL1, take MATH 1200, then MATH 1300, and then MATH 2500.

c.      If your math placement is PL2, take MATH 1300 and then MATH 2500.

d.     If your math placement is PL3, take MATH 2500.


4.     Take General Education courses.


5.     Take foreign language courses. CSD requires two courses in non-English spoken language. They can be the same language or different languages. Note that American Sign Language (ASL) is a separate requirement and cannot be used to fulfill the spoken language requirement.


6.     Take electives.


Do you have suggestions for electives?


Many CSD majors pursue minors, certificates, and occasionally another major like psychology, linguistics, education, Spanish, etc. Courses associated with these and many other major, minor, or certificate programs can enrich your education and make you a well-rounded person and future professional. Use the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog ( to explore these opportunities beyond the CSD degree requirements.


I like the idea of enriching my undergraduate experience. How can I do that?


1.     Pursue a minor, certificate, or even another major: See the Undergraduate Catalog for a comprehensive list (

2.     Join a CSD student organization:

a.     A.G.E.S.

b.     Undergraduate Research Club (

c.      Ohio University Chapter of National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (

d.     Creative Expressions (

e.     Respite Volunteer Program (

f.      American Sign Language Club (

g.     Students of Audiology (

3.     Explore Education Abroad opportunities (

4.     Consider applying for the Honors Tutorial College Program in CSD ( This program is open to current CSD majors entering their sophomore year. Housed in the Honors Tutorial College (, this is a research-intensive program that allows one-to-one interaction with CSD faculty. Eligible students are invited to apply in the fall of sophomore year. Program starts in the spring of sophomore year for two and a half years. Contact Dr. Chao-Yang Lee (, Director of Studies, for more information.



Information about Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association by Mrs. Wright

Academic Essentials: Presentation for first-year students during Bobcat Student Orientation

Grade and Disciplinary Appeals FAQ

Dr. McCarthy’s blog: Advice on academic and professional issues

Dr. Lee’s advice on requesting recommendation letters



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