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

FACULTY NEWS: CSD Professor Carolyn P. Atkins, CEHS’s most recent Laddie R. Bell Distinguished Service Award recipient, has donated copies of her new children’s book, Living Life the West Virginia Way, to each of the 466 elementary public school libraries across the Mountain State. The book introduces children to facts about the state, the importance of attending college, and ten traits of good character that are demonstrated by West Virginians. See the full story at WVUToday.

MountainEAR 5k: The 4th annual MountainEAR 5k run and walk will take place on Saturday, March 14 at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park along the Capterton Trail in Morgantown. Hosted by the WVU chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology, proceeds from the event will benefit clients who receive services in either the WVU Hearing Center or WVU Speech Center. Register for the MountainEAR 5k online now through March 7, 2015, or in person on the day of the race, between 9 and 9:30 am.

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

MOUNTAIN STATE SPEECH & HEARING CONFERENCE: Sponsored by the WVU chapters of NSSLHA and SAA, the 5th annual Mountain State Speech and Hearing Conference will take place on April 10, 2015, and will be held in the Gluck Theater at the WVU Mountainlair. The speakers will be Dr. Rebecca McCauley from The Ohio State University and Dr. Mary Archer from WVU’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Details to follow. Be sure to save the date!

SPRING GRADUATION: The Spring CEHS Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 am in the WVU Coliseum. Students are reminded that they must file an online Application for Graduation and Diploma at the beginning of the semester in which they intend to graduate. For May 2015 graduation, the application deadline is March 6, 2015.