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Linguistics and Communication Disorders

Undergraduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Associate Department Chair: Sima Gerber
Director of Undergraduate Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Yael Neumann

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Students who wish to become Communication Sciences and 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 Queens Hall 300A 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 Fall 2020 Courses

We are no longer accepting applications to the major for the fall 2020 semester.


Application deadlines for taking Spring 2021 Courses

We will begin accepting applications on September 8, 2020 and continue until January 4. 2021. There will be rolling admissions to the competitive major across that time.

Late applications may be accepted between January 4, 2021 and January 14, 2021, depending on seat availability.

During this period of limited campus access, please email all application documents to:


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), and speak with their advisors.


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. 


Undergraduate advising

Our department strives to empower all students with the information they need to make successful strides in the CSD major. We do this by providing personalized and comprehensive advisement using a three-step model.

Step #1: Join a General Advisement meeting*** Purpose: to provide general tips for success in the major and a broad overview of the major requirements, expectations, and sequence of how to proceed through the coursework.

Step #2: Meet with your assigned Advisor with a small group of students Purpose: an opportunity for your advisor to share particular insights, advice, and guidance and to answer any questions you may have.

Step #3: Schedule a personal 1:1 meeting with either your assigned advisor or any advisor during Open Advisement hours (see department office for listing). Purpose: to further clarify and answer specific questions related to your personal situation, concerns, and issues.

***NOTE: Two General Advisement meetings are scheduled for:

  1. Tuesday, October 13th 10:30-11:30 am, or
  2. Wednesday, October 14th 1:30-2:30 pm

Zoom link:


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 the Pathways LANG requirement.  It is not required for the Communication Sciences and Disorders students, but it is strongly recommended.


Sample course sequence

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

First & Second Semesters

  • LCD 105. Introduction to Psycholinguistics
  • LCD 106. Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • LCD 110. Phonetics
  • Course(s) from related areas*

Third Semester

  • LCD 207. Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Language
  • LCD 216. Language Acquisition
  • LCD 283. Quantitative Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders (or equiv.)*
  • Course(s)from related areas*

Fourth Semester

  • LCD 208. Hearing Science
  • LCD 316. Language and Communication in the School-Aged Child
  • LCD 322. Disorders of Speech or LCD 323. Disorders of Language
  • Course(s) from related areas*

Fifth Semester

  • LCD 309. Speech Science
  • LCD 322. Disorders of Speech or LCD 323. Disorders of Language
  • LCD 330. Audiology I
  • Course(s) from related areas*

Sixth Semester (If Needed)

  • Course(s) from related areas*
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