Why Should I Choose Communication Sciences and Disorders?

A bachelor's degree in Speech Language Disabilities or in Speech and Hearing Science prepares you for graduate study for a highly rewarding career in an allied health profession. Either major will prepare you for advanced study to become a speech language pathologist or an audiologist. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology are among the fastest-growing professions in the United States.

What Will I Learn Through Communication Sciences and Disorders?

The course of study, which is aligned with the American Speech and Hearing Association, will teach you foundational information related to communication disorders as well as about the special populations we serve. Students in the CSD program will learn diagnostics, assessment, intervention, and treatment for individuals with a variety of communication difficulties. We also help students to develop critical thinking skills, clinical decision analysis, and effective communication when working as part of an interdisciplinary medical team. Our program is significantly different from other undergraduate CSD programs because of the amount of clinical practice that you will receive. Starting in your junior year, you will have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in our on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic under the supervision of faculty licensed in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. In addition, you may choose to spend a term in the classroom under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist working in the local school districts, or as an intern for a local audiologist’s office. And when it's time to search for a graduate school, you can take advantage of an agreement with the Thiel College Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program.

Speech and Language Courses

Speech and Hearing Courses

"I love my professors, they are so supportive. It's like having a mom and dad helping answer every question and being there for you with every step we need to take."
–Leeann Lawrence '23

What Can I Do With A Communication Sciences and Disorders Degree?

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in a variety of settings and with hugely diverse populations. Career settings include hospitals, medical offices, rehabilitation centers, secondary schools, Veteran's Affairs medical centers, and private practices. Through these CSD degree programs, you'll be able to have flexibility in your career and make a difference in people's lives.

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Pursuing another field of study? A minor in Speech and Hearing can help broaden your skills and pairs well with several other majors.

Minor Courses

Sarah Vallely
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Communication Sciences & Disorders
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(607) 735-1840

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Communication Sciences & Disorders by the Numbers

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spots in Gallaudet University's competitive doctoral program went to Elmira College CSD graduates last year


of CSD graduates who applied to graduate school since 2020 were accepted into their first choice school


of students complete clinical observation hours and gain hands-on clinical experience in the Speech-Language and Audiology Clinic on campus

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