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Communication Disorders


Student may obtain a BS degree with a major in Communication Disorders. Retention polices pertain to all majors in Communication Disorders. Criteria for retention in the undergraduate degree program follow:

  1. After the semester in which 11 semester hours of required CD courses have been accumulated, students must have a 2.75 GPA in CD courses. If the CD-GPA falls below 2.75, students will have only one semester of probation at any time during the undergraduate program to raise the CD-GPA to a minimum of 2.75 or the student will not be retained in the program. If students choose to use transfer credit for Communication Disorders courses, the transferred grades will be used in the same manner as the initial coursework from MSU in computing the CD-GPA for retention purposes.
  2. Students earning a grade of ‘D’ or ‘F’ in a CD course must retake the course and earn a grade of ‘C’ or higher.
  3. The student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 to graduate with a degree in Communication Disorders.
  4. Majors must complete the General Education Communications requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.50, with no grade lower than a ‘C.’
  5. CD majors must complete the speech and hearing screening no later than the first semester in which they enroll in CD classes. Prior to enrollment in CD 324 (Techniques), students not passing the screening must complete a more thorough evaluation and show evidence of progress in areas requiring remediation. Ongoing progress in identified areas of remediation is required for continued enrollment in practicum courses. Practicum supervisors may request that a student repeat the speech and hearing screening if concerns about a student clinician’s speech, hearing or language arise.
  6. When there is supported evidence of cheating on examinations or other course assignments, the student will receive a failing grade for the course and will not be retained in the major.
  7. Students who perform in an unprofessional or inappropriate manner regarding clinical responsibilities and/or confidential information will receive disciplinary action in the form of grade reduction and will not be retained in the major. Other action consistent with the university honesty policy and/or course syllabi may be taken.
  8. Students are required to enroll in a practicum or related class to receive credit for clinical practice hours, including observation hours.