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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 [Archived Catalog]

Communication Sciences and Disorders Major (B.S.C.S.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

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Major Code BS1941

Honors Tutorial College
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723
Fax: 740.593.9521

Joann Benigno, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

The Honors Tutorial College program in communication sciences and disorders offers exceptional students the opportunity to study the many aspects of communication sciences and disorders in one-on-one relationships with faculty members. Maximum opportunities will be afforded for the student to progress well beyond the materials found in conventional courses. The primary purpose of the tutorial program is to serve as preparation for graduate study. Students will receive a degree of Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Honors Tutorial College.

Tutorial Descriptions

Students are required to complete a minimum of four tutorials, including two devoted to a thesis.

In addition to the tutorials, the student must complete the Tier I English requirement, all core courses not covered by tutorials, and an appropriate number of approved electives. Internships and/or study abroad may be included within the program with special permission from the director of studies (credit will only be given once). Honors tutorial students take a minimum of 15 hours per semester.

Advising and Mentoring

Each student receives initial advice from the director of studies regarding selection and sequencing of courses, choice of a thesis advisor, and other procedural matters. A committee composed of the director of studies and the advisor will monitor the thesis work. A typical tutorial will meet on a weekly basis for a minimum of one hour. The student and the tutor will discuss the current reading and written assignments, discuss problems and solutions, debate and offer critical analysis, and the tutor continuously evaluates the progress of the student. A final grade is based on many facets of evaluation available to the tutor: written assignments, written exams, oral exams, discussions, presentations by the student, and field work.

The Honors Thesis

The honors thesis is a reflection of the student’s special interests, its acceptance, dependent upon an appropriate mixture of research and analysis, relies upon the judgment of his or her thesis advisor and director of studies. It is expected that this major paper will constitute work of the highest quality in investigating a problem of concern to both scholars or practitioners. Although an intensive study of relevant theoretical and research literature is the underpinning of the thesis, students are encouraged to augment this with field data whenever possible.


Students throughout the program earn letter grades consistent with the University grading system and are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who earn less than a B (3.0), or who maintain less than a 3.5 GPA will need to confer with the director of studies and/or Dean of the College. In addition to letter grade assessments, tutors complete course descriptions and evaluations of each student’s work each semester. In these assessments both the student’s academic standing and academic attitude are evaluated.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

The communication sciences and disorders is a two year program starting in the junior year. The program does not admit students entering as freshmen. Students apply for admission in the spring of sophomore year. Students are selected by the director of studies, faculty of the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the Honors Tutorial college on the basis of superior ability and sustained motivation. We look for evidence of academic success in coursework and high performance on standardized tests. An interview with the director of studies is required for acceptance into our program. The personalized aspects of the tutorial system occasionally make it possible for us to accept students who have not performed well on standardized measures of ability but who demonstrate exceptional aptitude in other ways. The deadline for application for admission is March 1st.

Change of Program Policy

The requirements are the same as described in the Freshman/First-Year Admission.

External Transfer Admission

The requirements are the same as described in the Freshman/First-Year Admission.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Well qualified students graduating from the program apply to graduate programs in communication sciences and disorders to prepare them to become speech-language pathologists and/or audiologists or to pursue a Ph.D. for a career in research and teaching.


HTC Grade Requirements

Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall and in the program of studies.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one First-Year Composition course (1E) and one Junior Composition course (1J).

HTC Seminar

Complete the following course:

Honors Tutorials

Complete the following tutorials:

Senior Honors Thesis

Complete the following tutorials during the final year of study focused on the research and writing of an advisor/director of studies approved thesis:

HTC Thesis Requirement

Complete an advisor or director of studies approved thesis or professional project.

Basic Human Communication Processes

Complete the following courses:

Contemporary Professional Issues

Complete the following courses:

Required Non-CSD Courses

Complete two courses in spoken non-English language along with the following courses:

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