Communication Sciences and Disorders

Students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Penn State study human communication disorders by acquiring a strong foundation in the basic sciences and processes related to communication, swallowing, and cognition. Students acquire critical-thinking skills necessary to apply foundational knowledge and skills to the identification, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders.

Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders include coursework, observation, and experiences in normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing. It focuses on careers that help others with a variety of disorders and delays, such as fluency and stuttering, hearing problems, oral motor issues, or swallowing.

Academic and Clinical Offerings

The department offers academic course work and clinical experiences leading to bachelor's and master's degrees in speech-language pathology. The department also offers doctoral degrees in communication sciences and disorders.