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Course Enrollment Procedures

Students are expected to abide by published course prerequisites as published in the Schedule of Courses. Students will be allowed to enroll conditionally in courses that require prerequisites if, based on their current official enrollment, they will satisfy these course requirements prior to the time courses requiring prerequisites begin.

Students wishing to take a course for which they do not have the prerequisites should consult with their assigned CSD Academic Adviser about the appropriateness of their request. If you do not have an assigned CSD Academic Adviser, please email the CSD Prerequisite Coordinator

An exception to published prerequisites can be requested by reviewing the College of Health and Human Development Override procedures. Requests are evaluated in consultation with the academic adviser and faculty member teaching the course. If approved, the student will be enrolled into the course as space is available. 

Please review the College of Health and Human Development procedures on course disenrollment for students who fail to successfully complete the enforced prerequisites.

General Education Suggestions


Students majoring in CSD are required to choose one of the following as part of their degree requirements: STAT 200 (4 cr), EDPSY 101 (3 cr), or PSYCH 200 (3 cr).

For the remaining credits in quantification, we strongly recommend taking MATH 21: College Algebra I (3 cr) in the spring of the sophomore year to refresh math concepts that will be tested on the GRE.

GN-Natural Science

To gain entry in graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, ASHA (but not Penn State) requires a human biological science and a physical science (physics or chemistry), so GN courses should be selected accordingly. Suggested courses include:

  • BISC 2: Genetics, Ecology and Evolution (3 cr)
  • BISC 4: Human Body: Form and Function (3 cr)
  • BIOL 133: Genetics and Evolution of the Human Species (3 cr)
  • BIOL 155: Introduction to the Biology of Aging (3 cr)
  • CHEM 1: Molecular Science (3 cr)
  • CHEM 101: Introductory Chemistry (3 cr)
  • CHEM 130: Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry (3 cr)
  • PHYS 1: The Science of Physics (3 cr)
  • PHYS 10: Physics Behind the Headlines (3 cr)

An additional popular GN-Natural Science selection is INART 50: The Science of Music (3 cr).


Recommended (but not required) GH course selections include:

  • APLNG 200 (IL): Introduction to Language, Culture and Social Interaction (3 cr)
  • APLNG 210 (IL): The Ecology of Global English (3 cr)
  • CAMS 50: Words: Classical Sources of English Vocabulary (3 cr)
  • ENGL 228 (IL): Introduction to Disability Studies in the Humanities (3 cr)
  • LTNST 100 (US): Introduction to Latina/o Studies (3 cr)
  • CI 280: Introduction to Teaching English Language Learners (3 cr)

GHW-Health and Wellness

CSD 100 (US): Preventing Vocal Abuse, Misuse, and Disorders (3 cr) is offered online every summer, fall and spring semester via the World Campus.

Inter-Domain Courses

6 credits of Integrative Studies (Inter-Domain or Linked courses) are required for students who begin their studies at Penn State Summer 2018 or later. 

  • APLNG 220N (GH/GS; IL): Multilingual Lives: Stories of Language and Culture Learning (3 cr)
  • CAS 101N (GH/GS): Introduction to Human Communication (3 cr)
  • CAS/ENGL/SOC 162N (GH/GS): Communicating Care (3 cr)
  • CRIMJ/EDUC/SOC 205N (GH/GS): Critical Race Theory in the Humanities and Social Sciences (3 cr)

CSD Electives

The CSD major includes 30 credits of electives which allows students to customize their studies to their interests. Since speech-language pathologists and audiologists commonly work with infants, children, and adults, course work in the following areas would be excellent choices for electives. Students are advised to check the prerequisites for all courses.

Special Education:

  • SPLED 400: Inclusive Special Ed Foundations: Legal, Characteristics, Collaboration, Assessment, and Management (4 cr)
  • SPLED 403A: Evidence-Based Instruction for Elementary Students with Disabilities in Reading, Math, and Writing (3 cr)
  • SPLED 403B: Evidence-Based Methods for Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings (3 cr)

Infant, Adolescent or Adult Development:

  • HDFS 229 (GS): Infant and Child Development (3 cr)
  • HDFS 239 (GS): Adolescent Development (3 cr)
  • HDFS 249 (GS): Adult Develoment and Aging (3 cr)
  • HDFS 315: Family Development (3 cr)
  • HDFS 411: The Helping Relationship (3 cr)
  • HDFS 418: Family Relationships (3 cr)
  • HDFS 428: Infant Development (3 cr)
  • HDFS 429: Advanced Child Development (3 cr)
  • HDFS 432: Developmental Problems in Childhood and Adolescence (3 cr)
  • HDFS 445: Development Throughout Adulthood (3 cr)

Communication Sciences and Disorders:

  • CSD 100 (GHW; US): Preventing Vocal Abuse, Misuse, and Disorders (3 cr)
  • CSD 218: American Sign Language I (3 cr)
  • CSD 240Supporting Communication Through Performance (3 cr)
  • CSD 318: American Sign Language II (3 cr)
  • CSD 431: Neuroanatomical and Neurophysiological Foundations of Communication Disabilities (3 cr) 


  • APLNG 200 (GH; IL): Introduction to Language, Culture, and Social Interaction (3 cr)
  • APLNG 210 (GH; IL): The Ecology of Global English (3 cr)
  • APLNG 220N (GH/GS; IL): Multilingual Lives: Stories of Language and Culture Learning (3 cr)
  • LING 1 (GS; US, IL): The Study of Language (3 cr)
  • LING 100 (GS): Foundations of Linguistics (3 cr)
  • LING 429/PSYCH 426: Language and Thought (3 cr)
  • LING 446/PSYCH 427: L1 Acquisition (3 cr)
  • PSYCH 457: Psychology of Language (3 cr)

Diversity Studies:

  • CI 280 (GH): Introduction to Teaching English Language Learners (3 cr)
  • CRIMJ/EDUC/SOC 205N (GH/GS): Critical Race Theory in the Humanities and Social Sciences (3 cr)
  • LTNST 100 (GH; US) Introduction to Latina/o Studies (3 cr)
  • LTNST 127 (US): Introduction to U.S. Latina/o History (3 cr)
  • SOC 119 (GS; US): Race and Ethnic Relations (4 cr)

Disability Studies:

  • RHS 100 (GS; US, IL): Introduction to Disability Culture (3 cr)
  • RHS 300: Introduction to Rehabilitation and Human Services (3 cr)
  • ENGL 228 (GH; IL): Introduction to Disability Studies in the Humanities (3 cr)

GRE Preparation:

  • CAMS 50 (GH): Words: Classical Sources of English Vocabulary (3 cr)
  • MATH 21 (GQ): College Algebra I (3 cr)


With careful scheduling, students can use their elective credits to complete a minor in such areas as Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Linguistics, Health Policy and Administration, Spanish, Gerontology, Special Education, or another area. Typically, a minor requires 18 credits, 6 of which have to be 400-level courses.

CSD majors interested in obtaining a minor should review the minor requirements in the Undergraduate Bulletin.