Advising for Current and Prospective Students

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD) conducts group advising and major orientation for students interested in changing their major or who would like to know more about our programs on a regular basis. Students and potential students should first attend one of these group sessions. 


Fall 2018 Group Advising Sessions

All group advising sessions are held in Folsom Hall 2316 and are on a drop-in basis. No appointment is necessary.


TBA  Late Fall 2018



Resources for Current and Prospective Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at California State University Sacramento!

Please be sure to read through all of our department’s information posted on this website. 

For your convenience, kindly review the university’s abundance of student services.  We believe that all of your questions and concerns may be answered by accessing these resources.

  1. NSSLHA Student Organization
  2. CSUS CHHS Interprofessional Education Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
  3. Student University Union
  4. Admissions    
  5. University Tours
  6.  University Virtual Tours
  7. The Well
  8. Second Bachelor’s Degree in Communincation Sciences and Disorders
  9. University Writing Center 
  10. College of Health and Human Services Student Succes Center 


Student Succes Strategies

 We want you to be successful in our major classes! Here are some resources and strategies to help you.

Smarthinking provides tutoring 24 hours a day. You can chat with a live tutor, send a question to the tutors offline, have your writing reviewed, and more:

Peer and Academic Resource Center (PARC) offers tutoring services for students experiencing challenges with written assignments. Peer tutors are available to help you with academic and writing skills, with a special focus on grammar and mechanics of writing. You can call the center (916-278-6010) or drop in to make an appointment (Lassen Hall 2200).


    • Review each day’s lecture notes later that same day to aid retention.
    • Be sure to read the readings at least 3x and study them carefully. Make special note of boldface terms.
    • Study with other people.
    • Write material out in longhand with a pen. Research shows that this helps with long-term memory! It’s OK to type notes in class, but you’ll remember the information better if you physically write it out later.
    • Study a little every day rather than cramming at the last minute. Daily studying is best.
    • Remember, every course unit = 3 hours of studying. So for a 3-unit class, you’d study 9 hours a week.
    • Do the readings before class. You’ll understand the lecture a lot better!
    • Make up your own test questions, using the professor’s format. This is extremely helpful.
    • Make flashcards for key terms. You can use quizlet online, but handwritten flashcards aid memory the most. Carry these flashcards with you everywhere and study them at every opportunity. You’d be surprised at how “little moments” can add up!

**Remember—in order to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Communicatin Sciences and Disorders you need a minimum 2.5 GPA in the major.** 


Following attendance to a group advising/orientation session, additional one-on-one appointments may be scheduled by calling (916-278-4867) or stopping by the Department’s Front Desk at Folsom Hall, Room 2316. 

Appointments may be scheduled with:

Undergraduate advising

  • Dr. Celeste Roseberry-Mckibbin (not available during the summer)
  • Dr. Robert Pieretti, Department Chair (available on a limited basis during the summer)
  • Dr. Heather Thompson (not available during the summer)
  • Dr. Tonia Davis (not available during the summer)
  • Dr. Lisa D'Angelo (not available during the summer)
  • Dr. Aisha Patterson (not available during the summer)

Advising Tools:

PowerPoint: csad-undergrad-orientation-fall-2018-powerpoint.pptx

PDF: csad-undergrad-orientation-fall-2018-powerpoint.pdf

Course Sequence: BS Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.pdf

Audiology Emphasis:


PowerPoint: TBA


Graduate Program Advising

Dr. Darla Hagge, Graduate Coordinator (not available during the summer)

Clinic Advising

Jeannette Reiff, Clinic Coordinator(available on a limited basis during the summer)

Clinic Orientation_Department Graduate Student Benchmarks_Spring 2018.ppt

If you need registration assistance for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology courses, please submit the Registration Assistance Web Form at:

Office Hours

Appointments for Office Hours for the instructors may be may be scheduled by calling (916-278-4867) or stopping by the Department’s Front Desk at Folsom Hall, Room 2316.  For Office Hours with other instructors, please contact them individually.