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BS, Communicative Sciences and Disorders

The BS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders requires completion of 128 total credits – 60 credits in the liberal arts, 44 credits of specialization within the major, and 24 credits of unrestricted electives.

In addition to 44 credits of liberal arts courses in specified areas, there are 16 credits of liberal arts electives that students can direct toward a minor or use to explore a variety of subjects. The 24 additional credits of unrestricted electives allow students to further explore their academic interests in any school of the University.

CSD majors are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to make satisfactory academic progress within the program.


Required CSD Courses for the Major

  • CSCD-UE 101 The Talking Brain: Typical and Disordered Communication***
  • CSCD-UE 110 Science of Language
    • May substitute LING-UA 1 Language or LING-UA 3 Language and Mind
  • CSCD-UE 231 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism**
  • CSCD-UE 241 Neuroanatomy and Physiology of Communication*
  • CSCD-UE 201 Phonetics and Phonemics*
  • CSCD-UE 1202 Acoustic Phonetics**
    • Prerequisite: CSCD-UE 201
  • CSCD-UE 221 Introduction to Audiology*
  • CSCD-UE 1601 Speech and Language Development in Children**
  • CSCD-UE 1222 Audiology: Intervention Strategies Across the Lifespan**
    • Prerequisite: CSCD-UE 221
  • 8 credits of restricted elective courses 

If you plan to apply to a graduate program in speech-language pathology, you should also consider taking:

  • CSCD-UE 1701 Introduction to Speech and Language Disorders in Children**
    • Prerequisite: CSCD-UE 1601
  • CSCD-UE 1901 Clinical Methods in CSD* 
    • Prerequisite: CSCD-UE 101

In addition, those planning on applying to a graduate speech-language pathology program should take a Quantitative Reasoning Core course that is a statistics course and Physical/Life Sciences Core courses that include a biology course and chemistry or physics course. Reach out to your advisor at if you have questions!

* Denotes class only offered in Fall                           

** Denotes class only offered in Spring

*** Denotes class offered in Spring and Summer

Freshman Spring Admits

Your first year curriculum will look like this (all terms and sessions are required):

Spring Term 

Science of Language

Two Liberal Arts Core Courses from the following areas:

  • Expressive Cultures
  • Texts and Ideas
  • Cultures and Contexts
  • Physical or Natural Science
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Foreign Language
  • Societies and Social Sciences

Writing the Essay

New Student Seminar

Summer Terms I and II

The Talking Brain: Typical and Disordered Communication

Two Liberal Arts Core Courses from the following areas:

  • Expressive Cultures
  • Texts and Ideas
  • Cultures and Contexts
  • Physical or Natural Science
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Foreign Language
  • Societies and Social Sciences

Advanced College Essay

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum of the College of Arts and Science provides a foundational academic experience of general education in the liberal arts for undergraduates at NYU. Courses in the Core Curriculum are designed to give students the skills and breadth of intellectual perspective to flourish in their major programs of study and in their later careers. For students in the other participating schools and programs, the curriculum has been adapted to provide the liberal arts core of their professional preparation.

In addition to courses offered through the College of Arts and Science, Steinhardt students may take Core courses within Steinhardt.

See more information about the content and titles of Core and math courses.

Expository Writing Program and the Writing Center

NYU’s required writing courses are designed to prepare students for the work they will do in all of their academic courses. These writing courses are foundational and essential; they prepare students for rigorous thinking, elegant writing, and supple imagining.

In order to meet and exceed the rigor of academic writing, NYU provides assistance through the Writing Center. The Writing Center is a place where any NYU student can get help with his or her writing. The center, a part of NYU's Expository Writing Program in the College of Arts and Science, is a place where one-on-one teaching and learning occur, as students work closely with professional consultants at every stage of the writing process and on any piece of writing except for exams.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, please refer to the Expository Writing Program page.


Foreign Language Placement Exam

Entering undergraduate students take foreign language proficiency examinations administered by the College of Arts and Science prior to their first registration. The results of these examinations do not exempt students from taking these courses but assist in determining the appropriate level of courses in these areas.

The placement examinations are required of undergraduate students who will register for any language with which they have prior experience (studied in high school, college, or study abroad programs or who are bilingual or multilingual).