Welcome to Communication Sciences and Disorders

Speech-language pathology and audiology are exciting professions wherein practitioners provide services for individuals of all ages who have speech, voice, language, swallowing, hearing, and/or balance disorders. Formerly known as the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at West Virginia University offers a preprofessional Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Speech Pathology and Audiology, a professional Master of Science (M.S.) program in Speech-Language Pathology, a professional Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program, and a post-professional Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our newest program, the Ph.D. is specifically designed for expert clinicians who seek a leadership role as a researcher and scholar in the discipline. Both of our professional graduate programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Department News and Events

MERIT WAIVERS AVAILABLE: A limited number of competitive meritorious tuition hour waivers are available for the Spring 2015 semester for on-campus graduate courses. First-year M.S. in speech-language pathology students (or those not on externship) and 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-year Doctor of Audiology students may apply for up to 6 hours of waived tuition. Please complete an application and return in to Cheryl Ridgway by November 5, 2014.

CONSIDERING A Ph.D.? Visit us at the NSSLHA-ASHA Graduate School Fair—Ph.D. Center on Thursday, Nov 20, 1:30-3:45 pm at the ASHA Convention in Orlando.

STUDENT ATHLETES SPEAK OUT: Join us for Student Athletes Speak Out to hear inspirational speeches from seven WVU student athletes. Representing wrestling, swimming, soccer, baseball, and football, these men and women have developed their speeches in conjunction with Prof. Carolyn Atkins’ Effective Public Speaking course. Please join us on Oct 30 at the Coliseum in Room 172, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm.
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NEWS: October is National Audiology Awareness & Protect Your Hearing Month! Over 36 million American adults have some degree of hearing loss, more than half of whom are under the age of 65. October is a great time to learn about how acquired hearing loss can be prevented and treated. To schedule an appointment for a hearing test in the WVU Hearing Center, contact Melissa Mitchell at (304) 293-6817 or by email at

FACULTY SEARCH: The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is currently searching for a Teaching Assistant Professor of Audiology. Please click here for more information.

DEPARTMENT CLINICS: For more information about the services provided in the WVU Speech and Hearing Centers or to schedule an appointment, please contact Melissa Mitchell at (304) 293-6817 or by email at

FACULTY NEWS: Congratulations to CSD Professor Carolyn P. Atkins on being named the 2014 Laddie R. Bell Award recipient for her distinguished service to CEHS, WVU, and the State of West Virginia. Dr. Atkins recently authored Living Life the West Virginia Way, a book that introduces children to facts about the state, the importance of attending college, and ten traits of good character that are demonstrated by West Virginians.

PROGRAM NEWS: CSD welcomes Laura Mochiatti Guijo, a Speech Pathology and Audiology undergraduate student from the Universidade Estadual Paulista in São Paulo, Brazil. Guijo is one of 64 exchange students who are attending WVU for the 2014-15 academic year as part of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Sponsored by the Brazilian government, the program sends the best and brightest students in many different STEM fields to study in the U.S., both to strengthen institutional partnerships between Brazil and the U.S. and to promote global learning.