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Undergraduate Program in
Communication sciences and disorders

Bachelor of Science Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders

After completing the necessary Pre-CSD Requirements, a student may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Following admission to the degree program, each student must continue to maintain a 3.0 overall GPA as well as in the major (i.e., CSD courses) to continue as a CSD major and graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Course Offerings for Undergraduate CSD Majors

Please note that admission and graduation requirements are subject to change. Interested students should contact their advisor for information on current requirements.

Important information and forms for CSD Majors including the undergraduate student handbook and program of study forms can be accessed online

Senior Capstone

Except for seniors who elect to write a thesis (CSAD 496), all students in the B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders program must complete a capstone experience (CSAD 485) before graduation. The capstone experience is intended to incorporate and integrate knowledge from previous Communication Science and Disorders courses with a focus on understanding and interpreting research within the field of communication disorders. Students will investigate evidence-based treatments for clinical disorders in speech pathology and audiology using the knowledge derived from their previous coursework in the major.

Employment and Graduate School Options with a BS in CSD

Students with a BS in CSD are qualified to seek employment or graduate school admittance in programs beyond a master’s degree in speech-language pathology or a clinical doctorate in audiology. Students who have pursued minors in business administration, human services, health promotion, medical humanities, and health studies among others will be qualified for jobs in public and private institutions that either directly serve people with disabilities or advocate for improved quality of life for those with disabilities (e.g., non-profit organizations, and state and local agencies). Undergraduate students are encouraged to explore opportunities for experiences and employment throughout their undergraduate career that will develop their knowledge and skills related to advocacy, public policy, business policies for health care, and educationally related professions, as well as effective public relations for populations with communication disorders. Similarly, graduate study can be pursued in healthcare administration, health professions education, education, law, legal studies as well as audiology and speech-language pathology. Interested students should work with their advisor and the department career specialist to explore all opportunities available.

Suggested Certificates and Minors

Additional certificates and/or minors can provide students a broader base of knowledge and skills utilized by speech-language pathologists and audiologists as well as preparing them to enter the workforce or seek graduate degrees in other fields. Therefore, students may want to review the WVU Suggested Minors page for a list of undergraduate minors which broaden the students' knowledge, skills, and future professional opportunities.