Undergraduate Program Advising

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to declare my major before I enroll in a CSD course?

Are there prerequisites to the CSD undergraduate program?

How do I decide on a minor?

May I count a second major as my minor? What if it is in a totally unrelated field?

How do I choose my advisor?

If you already feel that you know one advisor better than the one you were assigned to, can you just see the one you know or would that make his/her schedule more hectic?

I just moved to the area, I have three semesters of general education from a community college. What kind of courses should I be taking before I transfer to WWU.? Should I come up to the school and speak to some one there??


Do I need to declare my major before I enroll in a CSD course?

No. However, during the first quarter (Fall), you will need to declare. You will be told how to do this in your courses.


Are there prerequisites to the CSD undergraduate program?

Students wishing to declare a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders must have: 1) completed at least 75 credits; 2) successfully completed or be currently enrolled in CSD 251; and 3) achieved a Western GPA (based on at least 12 credits) of 2.70 or higher. A grade of at least B- (2.70) in each of the core courses (CSD 251, 352, 354, and 356) may substitute for the overall 2.70 GPA.


How do I decide on a minor?

One purpose of the minor is to give you additional exposure to other disciplines to broaden your liberal arts education at WWU. Another purpose of the minor is to explore an area of study that supports your CSD major and career goals. For example, you may choose to minor in psychology or a foriegn language. You will want to pick an area/field of study that best suits your interests. Then, consult with an advisor in that department about the requirements for the minor. Keep in mind, you may also choose a self-designed minor. In this case, you will need to meet with your CSD undergraduate advisor to work on this cluster of courses.


May I count a second major as my minor? What if it is in a totally unrelated field?

Definitely. A double major satisfies the minor requirement. The minor or second major does not need to be directly related to the major.


How do I choose my advisor?

Every fall quarter, all new undergraduate students are assigned an advisor: Dr. Baharav, Dr. Darling, Dr. Peters, or Dr. Fraas. However, if you are interested in the major and want to find out more about the program before entering in the fall, please see any one of the above advisors. Each has hours posted on his/her door.


If you already feel that you know one advisor better than the one you were assigned to, can you just see the one you know or would that make his/her schedule more hectic?

Good question. Because of the way that our lock-step program is set up, students are introduced to some advisors (via courses) sooner than others. It would be preferable to stay with the advisor assigned, just so there isn't a max exodus to any one advisor. However, if you feel strongly about that, come talk to the advisor (of choice) and something can be worked out.


I just moved to the area, I have three semesters of general education from a community college. What kind of courses should I be taking before I transfer to WWU.? Should I come up to the school and speak to some one there??

It is always good to come up and talk with the undergraduate advisor: Dr. Darling. While completing work at a community college, it is useful to earn the credits needed for an A.A. degree. This will lessen the number of "extra" courses you will need to take if accepted to Western. In addition, any courses dealing with human behavior (psychology, sociology, etc.) can be helpful to this major.


If you have further questions, contact one of our CSD Advisors: Dr. Baharav, Dr. Darling, Dr. Peters, or Dr. Fraas.