General Information on CSD and Penn State

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is part of Penn State's College of Health and Human Development. As part of the College, the CSD program enjoys scholarly and research relations with other departments (e.g. Human Development and Family Studies, Nursing, Biobehavioral Health, Nutritional Sciences, etc.), which offer course work and research in areas such as infant and child development, gerontology, and biomechanics.

The CSD program has a long history of tradition and excellence. It was founded in 1933, making it one of the oldest programs in the country. It was the birthplace of what is now the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The CSD program is recognized as a national leader in educating speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and individuals with speech, language, and hearing disabilities. Penn State graduates are outstanding researchers, authors, clinicians, and editors of many prestigious journals.

Penn State is one of the largest land-grant universities in the United States. Approximately 41,800 students attend the University Park Campus and over 41,000 students attend The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State's College of Medicine at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, or one of the other campuses throughout Pennsylvania.

The University Park Campus is located in the middle of Pennsylvania, about 20 miles south of Interstate 80, 140 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, 90 miles northwest of Harrisburg, and 190 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The mailing address of Penn State is University Park; however, the University is surrounded by the city of State College, which has a population of about 40,000. State College has several light industries and virtually none of the congestion and pollution of urban areas.

The University has many facilities for advanced learning, including computer laboratories and a sophisticated library system. The University Libraries constitute a major resource for students and researchers in all fields of study. The Libraries, ranked among the top thirteen public research libraries nationally by the Association of Research Libraries, contain approximately 4.7 million volumes, 5.1 million microforms, and approximately 45,000 current serial titles. In addition, special research laboratories are available for student use.

Penn State houses many museums and galleries, including the Palmer Museum of Art, the Hetzel Union Building, the Zoller Gallery, as well as three theatres/auditoriums for the Performing Arts and the Bryce Jordan Center. The University also has many facilities available for recreation. Among these are two golf courses, more than fifty outdoor tennis courts, six gymnasiums, a year-round ice rink, jogging trails, plus many more facilities.