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2019-2020 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Disorders & Sciences Department

Communication Disorders and Sciences (B.S.)

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Total Semester Hours required for the Degree: 120 semester hours

Admission to the Major

I. Probational Admission

Students entering EIU as freshmen or transfers seeking a CDS major will be classified as probational CDS majors. Probational majors may register for all lower division (2999 or lower) courses in the CDS major.

II. Admission to the CDS Major

Access to all upper division CDS courses (3000 or higher) requires admission to the CDS Major. The Department Chair reviews the applications of all probational CDS majors seeking admission to the major. The chair determines if the student’s academic achievement supports admission to the major and access to upper division (3000 or higher) courses.

III. Criteria for Degree Admission

  1. Admission to the University
  2. Classification as a probational CDS major.
  3. Achievement of a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for all EIU course work.
  4. For native EIU students, completion of at least 45 semester hours of course work at EIU.
  5. For transfers, completion of at least 15 semester hours of course work at EIU.
  6. Completion of at least three of the five lower division core CDS courses in the major, with one of the three being either CDS 2500 or CDS 2800, and achievement of a minimum 2.75 GPA for all lower division core CDS courses completed at the time of application.* Lower division core courses are:


*In lieu of items 2-6, students who transfer to EIU with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in at least 7 semester hours of equivalent CDS course work (as specified in item #6) will be allowed access to upper division course work.

IV. Registration for Upper Division Courses

Only students admitted to the CDS major will be approved to register for upper division (3000 or higher) CDS courses.  Students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.75 GPA in Communication Disorders and Sciences to register for subsequent upper-division CDS courses.

V. Probational Majors Who Do Not Meet Admission to the CDS Major Criteria

Probational CDS majors who do not meet the requirements for admission to the CDS major will remain classified as probational. Probational majors may continue to take lower division CDS courses; however, probational majors may not register for upper division CDS courses. Probational majors may reapply for admission to the major when they meet the admission requirements or they may seek advisement in changing majors.

VI. Application Deadlines

Applications are available in the Department Office, Room 2105, Human Services Center. Probational majors must return completed applications to the Department Office on or before the following deadlines in order to be admitted to the major and register for upper-division courses:

AdmissionApplication DeadlineNotification Date
FallFebruary 1March 1
Fall (Entering Summer)May 15June 1

Major (toward professional credentials)*

Total semester hours required for the Communication Disorders & Sciences Major: 58-59 semester hours

The major in Communication Disorders and Sciences comprises:


*Note:  The Master’s Degree is the required level of training for Certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. At least a 3.00 GPA (A=4.0) in the undergraduate Communication Disorders and Sciences major, two letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and completion of Communication Disorders and Sciences and Graduate School application procedures are required for admission consideration to the graduate program at EIU. Admission is competitive. All applicants are ranked by a Graduate Admissions Committee according to major GPA, Clinical Criteria, and Professional Criteria.  Students who have a baccalaureate degree in a major other than CDS must complete all 2000 level CDS courses and CDS 3100, 3200, 3300, and 3700 or their equivalent prior to being considered for admission to the CDS graduate program.

** A 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the Communication Disorders and Sciences major are required for admission to CDS 4900.  Major GPA based on all Communication Disorders and Sciences courses taken at EIU.

***Students who demonstrate satisfactory completion of a previous sign language course may waive CDS 4810.

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