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. 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: Congratulations to Professor Dennis Ruscello as a recipient of a 2016 WVU Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award. Congratulations also to Teaching Assistant Professor Ashleigh Callahan, who received the College of Education and Human Services’ 2016-17 Outstanding Teacher Award, and to Clinical Assistant Professor Karen Haines for receiving the 2016-17 CEHS Laddie R. Bell Distinguished Service Award.

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 POSITION AVAILABLE: The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor with expertise in fluency, voice, and/or other disorders of speech production.

THE PROFESSIONS: According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Career Trends, audiology and speech-language pathology are two of the 27 careers projected to have the highest employment growth by 2024. Audiology, which ranks at #11, can expect a 28.6% employment increase, from the current 12,250 professionals to about 15,750. Speech-language pathology, which ranks at #25 in the analysis, can expect a 21.3% increase, growing from the current 126,500 clinicians to nearly 153,500 by 2024. For more information, see Career Options in Communication Sciences and Disorders.