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Department of Linguistics & Communication Disorders
Division of Arts & Humanities
Queens College
City University of New York

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Flushing, NY 11367-1597
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Undergraduate Program in Communication Sciences & Disorders



Admission to the Communication Sciences & Disorders Major:

Students who wish to become Communication Sciences & Disorders majors (Code 100-Speech Pathology) must formally apply to be admitted to the major. To apply, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) and 24 completed credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Transfer students must be both admitted by Queens College and the major before registration into any major courses. Transfer students may apply the semester prior to matriculation. Applications for the major may be downloaded from this website, or obtained in the LCD Department office in Kissena 349 or the Speech-Language-Hearing Center in the Gertz Building.

Students are admitted into the major several times a year. See the application deadlines and cycles for the current academic year below. Applicants who qualify for admission go though a competitive review. The number of students admitted in any given cycle is dependent on the available space in the major. Consequently, all qualified students may not be admitted to the major in a given semester.

Application Deadlines for taking Spring and Fall 2013 Courses

Spring 2013 Classes:

Monday, October 8, 2012
Thursday, January 3, 2013

Fall 2013 Classes:

Friday, March 8, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Late applications may be accepted between 6/4/13 and 8/10/13 depending on seat availability. 

Application for Admission to the CSD Major

Application for Admission to the CSD Major


Retention Requirements in the Major:

There are minimum grade requirements in the 100- and 200-level courses offered in Communication Sciences and Disorders within the LCD Department. Students must get an average (GPA) of 2.6 or better across three introductory courses (LCD 105, 106, 110). Only one of these courses may be retaken one time to achieve this 2.6 average. Students must earn a B- or better in each of three 200-level courses (LCD 207, 208, 216). Only one of these 200-level courses can be retaken one time. Students coming into Queens College with transfer credits for these courses must submit an official transcript showing the grade for that course. Transfer grades must meet the grade requirements for the CSD major, or the course must be retaken. In the case of retakes, the transfer credit will be forfeited for that course.


Professional Preparation in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology:

The professional preparation for careers in speech language pathology and audiologist is accomplished exclusively at the graduate level. Students interested in pursuing careers in speech-language pathology or audiology should contact the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) on the internet at, and speak with their advisors.


Course requirements in the “Science/Disorders Major”:

First level courses: LCD 105, LCD 106, LCD 110.

Second level courses: LCD 207, LCD 208, LCD 216, LCD 283. (Students may substitute either of the following statistics courses for LCD 283: Soc. 205 or Psych. 107.)

Third level courses: LCD 309, 316, 322, 323, 330.

Related courses: (a) Psychology 214, and (b) one of the following: LCD 120, LCD 130, LCD 205, LCD 206, LCD 209, LCD 391.3, Psych. 221, Psych. 359, Soc. 211.

Science and Mathematics for ASHA Certification: Students who wish to pursue graduate study and obtain clinical certification in Speech-Language pathology or Audiology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association must demonstrate knowledge in the areas of biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and social-behavioral sciences. These requirements can be accomplished by taking courses in each of these four areas at the undergraduate level. However, these courses are not required for completion of the BA or the major, per se. Suggested courses to fulfill ASHA’s physical sciences requirement at Queens College include Chemistry 16, 19 and 113, ENS 111 and 112, Geology 100, 101, 7, 11, 12 and 64; Physics 1, 7 and 121.


Prerequisites in the “Science/Disorders Major”

Students are urged to follow the prerequisite structure indicated here or in handouts provided by the Department. Do not depend on the college bulletin for this information, as this is sometimes outdated.

  • LCD 105: Prerequisites: None
  • LCD 106: Prerequisites: None
  • LCD 110: Prerequisites: None
  • LCD 207: Prerequisites: LCD 105, LCD 106 and LCD 110 with a GPA of 2.6 or above
  • LCD 208: Prerequisites: LCD 105, LCD 106 and LCD 110 with a GPA of 2.6 or above
  • LCD 216: Prerequisites: LCD 105, LCD 106 and LCD 110 with a GPA of 2.6 or above
  • LCD 283: Prerequisites: None
  • LCD 309: Prerequisites: LCD 207 and LCD 208  with a grade in each of B- or above
  • LCD 316: Prerequisites: LCD 216 with a grade of B- or above
  • LCD 322: Prerequisites: LCD 207 with a grade of B- or above
  • LCD 323: Prerequisites: LCD 207 and LCD 216 with a grade in each of B- or above
  • LCD 330: Prerequisites: LCD 207 and LCD 208 with a grade in each of B- or above

Graduate study at Queens College includes preparation for NYS certification for Teacher of Children with Speech & Language Disabilities, NYS licensure in speech-language pathology, and national certification in speech-language pathology.


Registering for Courses:

a. Majors register into courses during regular registration periods in CUNYfirst. Majors should check with the LCD office or the Speech-Language-Hearing Center three weeks prior to the scheduled registration period. There may be a special pre-registration process for some students in any given semester.

b. Some courses may be offered in Summer Session I, which begins in the first week in June. Because of the short span of time from the end of the spring semester to the beginning of June, grades from your spring semester courses may not be available for proof of prerequisites. If you are confident that you will fulfill the prerequisites, then register for Summer Session I. If you are not sure, then you are running a risk in enrolling for Summer Session I.


Dual Majors and Minors in Linguistics:

Communication Sciences and Disorders students can also major in Linguistics even though we are in the same department. The only restriction is that a given course cannot be used to satisfy both major and minor requirements. A suggested minor in general Linguistics is described below. Students with particular interests may substitute other courses with their advisor’s approval. To receive credit for a minor, students must register the minor with the Registrar’s Office.

18 credit Minor in Linguistics for students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders:

The following three courses:
LCD 101: Introduction to Language ** [see NOTE]
LCD 120: Syntax I
LCD 220: Syntax II

A minimum of two courses from the following:
LCD 209: Language and Mind
LCD 240: Second Language Acquisition
LCD 306: Semantics and Pragmatics
LCD 320: Syntactic Theory

** NOTE: LCD 101 fulfills one of the Humanities III LASAR requirements.  It is not required for the Communication Sciences and Disorders students, but it is strongly recommended.


Information for Graduating Students:

Students must consult with the Academic Advising office in Kiely 217 (718) 997-5599) the semester before filing their diploma card. The Advising Office will check all LASARS and other college requirements to make sure everything is in order.

Graduating seniors are expected to complete the following procedure at the beginning of the last semester:

a. Make sure all documented information about courses, transfer credits, course substitutions and petitions are on file in the LCD Office.

b. Check your transcript to see that it is complete and accurate.

c. File a diploma card with the Registrar’s Office by its deadline.


A Sample Course Sequence Plan:

(Courses marked with an * may be taken during any semester.)

  • First & Second Semesters:
    • LCD 105
    • LCD 106
    • LCD 110
    • Course(s) from related areas*
  • Third Semester:
    • LCD 207
    • LCD 216
    • LCD 283 (or equiv.)*
    • Course(s)from related areas*
  • Fourth Semester:
    • LCD 208
    • LCD 316
    • LCD 322 or 323
    • Course(s) from related areas*
  • Fifth Semester:
    • LCD 309
    • LCD 322 or 323
    • LCD 330
    • Course(s) from related areas*
  • Sixth Semester (If Needed);
    • Course(s) from related areas*