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Undergraduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Associate Department Chair and Director of Undergraduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Yael Neumann

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Scholarship Opportunity for CSD Majors

We are pleased to announce the JFEW Scholars Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders for the Fall 2021 semester – thanks to a generous grant from JFEW.

You may be one of the lucky recipients! Applications will be accepted until August 27, 2021!

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Students who wish to become Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) 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 admitted by Queens College (check out these two websites for more info:, and the CSD major before registration into any major courses. Transfer students may apply the semester prior to matriculation. 
  • Applications for the CSD major may be downloaded from this website.
  • Students are admitted into the major on a rolling admission basis, meaning applications will be evaluated as they come in. 
  • Applicants who qualify for admission go through a competitive review. The number of students admitted is dependent on the available space in the major. Consequently, all qualified students may not be admitted to the major in each semester.


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


See our FAQ for more information.


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. 

  • At the 100-level: 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. 
  • At the 200-level: 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. 
  • At the 300-level: No grade lower than a C- will count toward this major
  • 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 audiology 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

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.

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. 

QC students are not permitted to take CSD major courses at other colleges or universities through the E-permit process. Students from other colleges or universities are not permitted to take CSD major courses at Queens College through the Epermit process.


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 Large Group General Advisement Meeting for ALL UG CSD students led by the Program Director. Two meetings will be scheduled at the beginning of each semester (Fall and Spring). Date/times and zoom link will be emailed via the department. It is mandatory that all students attend at least one of these two meetings per academic year (Sep-June). Attendance will be taken. 

  • Purpose: To provide students with 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 CSD Advisor for a Small Group Advisor Meeting. 

  • Purpose: To allow students to meet with their personal CSD advisor who will share their insights, advice, and guidance, and answer any CSD-related questions you may have as you move along in the major.

Step #3: Schedule an Individual Advisement Meeting with your assigned CSD advisor. 

  • Purpose: To give students an opportunity to further clarify and answer specific questions related to your personal situation, concerns, and issues in the CSD major.

NOTE: Two General Advisement meetings will be scheduled at the start of each Fall and Spring semester. Date/times and zoom link will be emailed via the department.


Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides free and confidential services to anyone who is currently enrolled and registered as an undergraduate or graduate student at Queens College.
During this period of remote learning, Counseling Services provides individual and group counseling via phone or Zoom depending on the student's preference.

Students can schedule an appointment to speak with a counselor by calling 718-997-5420 and leaving a message with their name, CUNY ID, and phone number. Students can also email to inquire about services.



The required courses for the CSD major are listed below. 

Required Courses that can be taken anytime: 9-10 credits

  • 1 from list of electives:  LCD 120; LCD 130; LCD 205; LCD 206; LCD 209; LCD 392; PSYCH 221; PSYCH 359; SOC 211.  Please check if pre-requisites are necessary in the above classes. 
  • PSYCH 214 
  • Statistics: DATA 205 (previously SOC 205), or SOC 206 and SOC 207, or PSYCH 107.1 and 107.3, or MATH 114 or MATH 114W, or LCD 283. (Note: MATH 114 and LCD 283 are 3 credits).

First Level: 9 credits

  • LCD 105 – Fundamentals of Psycholinguistics for the Study of Typical and Atypical Language
  • LCD 106 – Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • LCD 110 – Phonetics 

Must obtain a 2.6 or above GPA average across these 3 courses.  One course retake allowed. 

Second Level: 9 credits
Pre-requisite: 2.6 or above average across 100 level courses

  • LCD 207 – Anatomy & Physiology 
  • LCD 208 – Hearing Science 
  • LCD 216 – Language Development 

Must obtain a B- in each class.  One course retake allowed.  

Third Level: 17 credits
Pre-requisites for each 300 level courses differ, however you must have a B- in the pre-requisite course. If you qualify for a course, you can take this without completing all of the 200 level courses.

  • LCD 309 – Speech Science (pre-req., LCD 207, LCD 208) 
  • LCD 316 – Language of School-Aged Child (pre-req., LCD 216)  
  • LCD 322 - Speech Disorders (pre-req., LCD 207) 
  • LCD 323 – Language Disorders (pre-req., LCD 207, LCD 216) 
  • LCD 330 – Audiology (pre-req., LCD 207, LCD 208) 

No grade lower than a C- will count toward this major 

Total: 44-45 credits

See Course Descriptions


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.

For minor requirements, see the Minor in General Linguistics.

** 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

NOTE: Students are typically enrolled in 2 to 3 courses a semester. Completion of the CSD major program typically takes 5-6 semesters.

(Courses marked with an * may be taken during any semester. See below for a list of courses)

First and Second Semesters (after acceptance into the program)

  • LCD 105. Fundamentals of Psycholinguistics for the Study of Typical and Atypical Language
  • 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
  • Statistics*
  • 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*

*Courses that may be taken any semester.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • 1 from list of electives: LCD 120; LCD 130; LCD 205; LCD 206; LCD 209; LCD 392; PSYCH 221; PSYCH 359; SOC 211. Please check if pre-requisites are necessary for these classes.
  • PSYCH 214
  • Statistics: DATA 205 (previously SOC 205), or SOC 206 and SOC 207, or PSYCH 107.1 and 107.3, or MATH 114 or MATH 114W, or LCD 283

Please check the websites of any of the graduate programs that you are interested in to see if there are additional admission requirements.

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