Undergraduate Programs in CSD

The undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a pre-professional program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. The four-year undergraduate degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) includes course work, observation, writing assessments, and diversity experiences in normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing. The undergraduate program is geared toward preparing students for more extensive training at the graduate level. A Master's degree in CSD is the minimal entry level degree for working in the profession of speech-language pathology. A Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) is the minimum entry-level degree for working in the profession of audiology. Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists provide intervention, diagnositc, and therapeutic services to children and adults having speech, language, and/or hearing disorders.

As such, students contemplating a profession in speech-language pathology or audiology must be prepared to continue their education beyond a bachelor's degree. Entrance into CSD graduate programs is very competitive and the likelihood of admission into graduate programs is enhanced by strong credentials (e.g. excellent grade point average, very good Graduate Record Examination scores, strong letters of recommendation, and a compelling letter of intent).

The CSD pre-professional undergraduate degree also provides the foundation for other career opportunities including education, special education, counseling, and other health-related professions.

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Undergraduate Program Details

Undergraduates exploring CSD as a possible major should enroll in one or more of our introductory courses: CSD 146 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders, CSD 230 Introduction to Audiology, or CSD 269 Deafness and Society. Normally undergraduates are admitted once they have 28 credits and a GPA greater than 2.00. Currently, we have 424 undergraduates in the major. The program strongly supports undergraduate education and experiences, cultural diversity, and the Schreyer Scholars Program. Further, the program offers sequential course work and by appropriate scheduling students can minor in a related area.

The graduate program of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the National Council on Accreditation in Teaching and Education. The faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their academic and research accomplishments.

Main Office

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Pennsylvania State University
308 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-3584
Fax: 814-865-8133

For more information about the CSD undergraduate program, please contact:

Joel Waters, M.A.
CSD Pre-Major and Major Academic Adviser
Constance Kossan, M.A., CCC-SLP
Professor-in-Charge of the Undergraduate Program