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Special Programs for Communication Sciences Majors

Communication Sciences Honors Program

During their junior year, qualified communication disorders majors are encouraged to apply to the Department’s Honors program, which leads to a B.A. with Honors in Communication Sciences. The purpose of the program is to provide the student with an intensive, supervised research experience in an area of his or her choice.

Students must have completed PSCL 282 and PSCL 375 before beginning the Honors program. Students participating in the Honors program enroll in COSI 395 during their fall or spring semester of their senior year. The student chooses a faculty mentor and works under the close supervision of that faculty member to complete their project. At the end of the semester, the student submits a written manuscript (e.g., report of the research project) or product for consideration of graduation with Honors in Communication Sciences.

Juniors with a 3.25 average in coursework required for the major and an overall grade-point of 3.0 may apply. The Honors program provides research experience of considerable value to a student interested in a career in research and as such requires a great deal of work. Only those students with a serious interest in communication disorders should apply. For further information, students should consult with the undergraduate advisor.


Integrated Graduate Studies

The Integrated Graduate Studies (IGS) program is intended for highly motivated undergraduate students who are candidates for the B.A. and whose objective is a degree at the Master’s or Doctor’s level. Qualified students may be admitted to graduate study for their senior year and pursue the simultaneous completion of requirements for both the Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. The baccalaureate will normally be awarded upon completion of the requirements for both degrees, unless a student satisfies all B.A. requirements prior to completing the master’s degree requirements. Students in the IGS Program are exempted from the 42-hour restriction imposed on B.A. candidates for work above the 100-level in a single department. However, the exemption is granted only upon completion of the Master’s degree requirements. Note: Not all graduate level courses are required, students select courses to fit their interests. Graduate courses are 400 and 500 level courses.  


Eligibility requirements for participation in the Intergrated Graduate Studies Program are:

  • 90 semester hours earned, of which the last 60 hours must have been in residence at Case Western Reserve University
  • Completion of the SAGES General Education Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and two semesters of physical education; students who have fulfilled all SAGES General Education Requirements except the Senior Capstone will be required to complete the capstone during their first year in the IGS program
  • Completion of three quarters of the requirements for the major concentration, including three quarters of the courses required in the major department
  • Admission to a master’s or Ph.D. program offered through the School of Graduate Studies

Upon admission to the program, IGS students register as students in the School of Graduate Studies and are subject to the policies, rules, and regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. They may, however, continue to receive merit-based undergraduate scholarships and may continue to reside in undergraduate housing during what would normally be their senior year of undergraduate work. If you are interested in this program you must meet with a representative from the Office of Integrated Graduate Studies and your faculty advisor. For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies, 368-2928.  


Students pay undergraduate tuition through the Spring semester of their senior year. Graduate tuition applies thereafter. Some IGS students are eligible to have their undergraduate degree awarded at the end of their senior year. Other IGS students must have both degrees awarded simultaneously at the completion of their fifth year. The Undergraduate Studies office can advise an individual student when they are eligible for graduation. Undergraduate students who have scholarships or financial aid may be required to register for a minimum of 12 hours the second semester of their senior year to retain eligibility for scholarships or financial aid.  

Suggested Course Sequence

The course sequence for students will vary. Graduate coursework is chosen by the individual students based on their interests. This plan is designed so that the majority of coursework is completed before the fifth year; the student completes the majority of their clinical experiences in the fifth year. Graduate students are required to complete a minimum of 42 hours of graduate coursework, including four semesters of clinical practicum (COSI 452). Undergraduates at CWRU may register for 400 and 500 level courses, contingent on Department approval. Thus, undergraduate communication disorders majors can take COSI 456, for example, as early as the second semester of their junior year. IGS students can also opt to complete a Master’s thesis. See the Departmental Guidelines for the Master’s Degree Thesis option.





Freshman PSCL 101 COSI 109 COSI 220  
Sophomore COSI 200 COSI 211PSCL 282COSI 325 COSI 260 PSCL 230 COSI 321  

COSI 355 COSI 325 COSI 370 PSCL 375

COSI 313 (2013) COSI 345  

COSI 352 COSI 453 ANAT 414 COSI 456 COSI 457

COSI 444 COSI 452 COSI 557 COSI 580 COSI 562

COSI 452COSI 565

COSI 452 COSI 600

COSI 452 COSI 560 COSI 561


IGS Testimonials

Jessica Fong

The IGS program provided me with drive and motivation during my undergraduate career, as I balanced choosing not only requisite coursework for my two majors but also courses which I could finish in less than four years, to leave time for my graduate coursework. It also allowed me to experience a taste of graduate school while still an undergrad and therefore better equipped me for graduate school. My education at Case was excellent, composed of diverse clinical experiences in the community, as well as professors who are both researchers and practicing clinicians. For all these reasons, I feel that I began my career with a strong sense of preparedness and readiness.


Alissa Barth

The IGS program has had such a positive impact on my education. Not only did it condense a 6 year program into 5 years, but I believe the experience was amazing. The faculty were very helpful, and went out of their way to make sure the transition went smoothly. It was very beneficial to be familiar with the school and the program when starting graduate classes. With undergraduate work still fresh in my mind, I was able to schedule more in-depth classes and clinical experiences earlier in my educational career. Doing clinical work in the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center offers many benefits – the Center is centrally located, a wide variety of clients are receive services, and the clinicians are experienced with having graduate clinicians working with them.

  The master’s Communication Sciences education program in speech-language pathology at Case Western Reserve University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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