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Undergraduate program in
communication sciences and disorders

The pre-professional undergraduate program in communication sciences and disorders emphasizes education in liberal studies; anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms; development of speech and language skills; awareness of cultural diversity and its relationship to communication; phonetics; and a broad introduction to communication sciences and disorders.

Minors in Communication Sciences and Disorders

AAC treatmentTwo different minors are offered by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders: Communication Sciences and Communication Disorders. The minor in Communication Sciences provides students the foundational coursework necessary to apply for graduate school in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology. This minor is especially appropriate for students majoring in Psychology, Linguistics, Biology, or other areas which may lead to working with individuals with disabilities. 

The minor in Communication Disorders provides students a background in the characteristics and treatments for persons with speech, language, and/or hearing disorders. Coursework focuses on understanding of communication disorders across the lifespan as a result of developmental and acquired disabilities. Students interested in careers within the healthcare setting (e.g., physicians, nurses, physical therapists, or occupational therapists) as well as educators would find this minor helpful in understanding how to communicate with future clients and families effectively. 

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Pre-Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Students are first admitted to the Pre-Communication Sciences and Disorders (Pre-CSD) program of study and matriculate as such during their freshman and sophomore years. After completing the necessary Pre-CSD requirements, students may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Following admission to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree program, students must continue to meet the G.P.A. standards set by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in order to continue as a CSD major and to graduate from the program. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for professional graduate study in either audiology or speech-language pathology.

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If you have questions about the Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate programs, please contact:

Jayne Brandel, PhD
Chair, Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs
Phone: 304-293-2377

Financial Aid and Scholarships

For more information about financial aid, scholarships, and cost of tuition please visit the CEHS Pay for College web page. The WVU Aspire Office in Honors Hall can also provide valuable information about (and assistance in applying for) many nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships.