Undergraduate Program in CSD

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program includes coursework, observation, and experiences in normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing. If you are interested in helping others with a variety of disorders and delays, such as fluency and stuttering, hearing problems, oral motor issues, or swallowing, then the Communication Sciences and Disorders program might be right for you.

As a student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, you will learn about how speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide intervention and services to children and adults having speech, language, and/or hearing disorders. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and public schools.

The curriculum aims to help you develop fundamental knowledge based on scientific principles, skills, and attitudes required for habilitating and rehabilitating persons of all ages with a wide range of speech, language, and hearing problems.

During the first two years of study, you will focus on general education and background study. During your last two years, you will learn about normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing as well as professional management, concerns, and obligations.

Undergraduate Program Details

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program is a bachelor of science (B.S.) program. The curriculum follows standards set by the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA).

Because most careers require advanced degrees, the program is specifically designed to prepare students for graduate study. All of the core courses are required to enter graduate school.

You can take supporting classes in addition to your communication sciences and disorders and psychology core courses. Coursework maintains a solid foundation in the sciences, including biology, physiology, and chemistry. You will also learn about the humanities and education, such as language learning, special education, and linguistics.

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 faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their academic and research accomplishments.

Statement for Equitable Treatment

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Discrimination or harassment against faculty, staff, or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University.

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