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CSD frequently asked questions

Q: Are there any requirements other than those of Augustana's general acceptance requirements to be accepted into the CSD (i.e., speech-language pathology program) undergraduate program?  

A: No; however, there is a cumulative 3.0 GPA requirement in the junior and senior years to remain in the major.

Q: How many students are usually in the CSD undergraduate program each year?

A: 25-35 is typical for each class level, from first year through senior. We average a total of 100 sophomore, junior and senior majors.

Q: What is a typical class size?

A: 25-30 for undergraduate courses and 20 for MS-SLP courses. 

Q: Do students take any sort of introductory class for the program during their first year or is the first year typically general education classes?  

A: Coursework typically begins in the first year, including CSD 110.

Q: Is it common for students in the CSD (speech-language pathology) program to minor in Spanish? 

A: In every class, there are a handful of CSD-Spanish or Spanish for Professional Purposes double majors; occasionally we have students with a CSD major and a Spanish minor.

Q: Are there any opportunities to study abroad with this program?  Is it common for students to take advantage of this?  

A: There are many, many, many opportunities to study abroad on our campus. We are very supportive of our CSD majors taking advantage of such opportunities and approximately half of them do some form of study abroad.

Q: Is the Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association group active?  

A: Our group is extremely active; a few years ago, we won the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Chapter-of-the-Year award because of our many and deep involvements. We encourage all prospective CSD majors to become involved in their first year in ASSHA! We are involved in a wide, wide variety of activities, so there is something for everyone!

Q: Where do students from Augustana tend to go for graduate school?  

A: Many of our undergraduate students choose to stay at Augustana by enrolling in our Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program! Others go all over the U.S. Probably about half our students who apply outside of Augustana study somewhere in the Midwest.

Q: Are the majority of the students easily placed and accepted into grad school?  

A: The graduate school application process in speech-language pathology is highly competitive.

However, more than 95 percent of our majors have been accepted into graduate programs over the past 25+ years. Over the past ten years, about half of our majors have received funding from graduate programs to help defray their costs.

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