Freshman



Welcome to CSD!

If you have not already taken CSD 200 “Intro to Communication Sciences and Disorders”, then you should consider taking it before Spring of Sophomore year.

The CSD department does not offer any additional classes until the spring of your sophomore year. 

During your Freshman and Sophomore years, you should work toward fulfilling your general education and Bachelor of Science/Art requirements. The general education classes required for the CSD major are: 
·     Psych 101 General Psychology, 
·     PSYC 160 Life Span and Human Development, 
·     MA 220 Statistics, and 
·     EXED 200 Nature and Issues of Disabilities. 
·     You will also need to take and pass a biology course as well as a physics, chemistry, or SCI course.

Please review the CSD Advising form, located above under the advising forms tab, for additional information on required courses 

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Freshman Advisor: Dr. Christopher Clinard


There are a variety of advising resources available for your use.  Depending on the questions you have, the answers may be available on our website. 


Here are some helpful links:

1) CSD Advising Form for required classes:
·     Keep in mind that many of the CSD courses require CSD 207, 208, and 209 as prerequisites and you must earn a C or better to progress to the next level of CSD coursework.
·     Also be sure to review the CSD Advising Form to help plan your coursework to complete you BS/BA requirements as well as your CSD requirements.   

2) A link to general CSD undergraduate advising information: 
    http://www.csd.jmu.edu/undergrad/resources.html

3) An example schedule for CSD Majors:

4) The 2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog:
https://www.jmu.edu/catalog/

5) For information, regarding General Education requirements and B.A./B.S. degree requirements, you can visit:
·       Academic Advising (https://www.jmu.edu/advising/), or
·       Madison Advising Peers (http://www.jmu.edu/advising/acadplan/peers.shtml)

6) CSD Undergraduate Advising Blog:
·       Our department has graduate students that are available for Undergraduate Advising (see Peer Advising section). 
·       You can find a useful FAQ section on the undergraduate blog.




Obtaining a good GPA is essential for acceptance into graduate school.  Although senior year may feel far away, your GPA now will impact your GPA in the future.  Please look at the graph below to see how GPAs from Freshman/Sophomore years and GPAs from Junior/Senior years affect ending GPA at the time of graduation.  For example, a Freshman/Sophomore GPA of 2.5 and a Junior/Senior GPA of 3.5 will end in a 3.0.  Are you on track to achieve your goals?