Undergraduate Program in CSD
Penn State’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program is a bachelor of science (B.S.) program that is designed to help students prepare for a profession in speech-language pathology or audiology.
Helping One Person at a Time
The Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate program includes coursework, observation, and experiences in normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing.
As an undergraduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, you will learn about how speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide intervention and services to children and adults having speech, language, and/or hearing disorders in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and public schools.
The program aims to help you develop fundamental knowledge based on scientific principles, as well as skills, and attitudes required for habilitating and rehabilitating persons of all ages with a wide range of speech, language, and hearing problems.
During your time in the program, you will learn about normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing as well as professional management, concerns, and obligations.
As a student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, you will learn about how speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide intervention and services to children and adults having speech, language, and/or hearing disorders.
The curriculum aims to help you develop fundamental knowledge based on scientific principles, skills, and attitudes required for habilitating and rehabilitating persons of all ages with a wide range of speech, language, and hearing problems.
Undergraduate Program Details
The curriculum follows standards set by the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA).
Because most careers require advanced degrees, the program is specifically designed to prepare students for graduate study. All of the core courses are required to enter graduate school.
You can take supporting classes in addition to your communication sciences and disorders core courses. Coursework maintains a solid foundation in the sciences, including biology, physiology, and chemistry. You will also learn about the humanities and education, such as language-learning, special education, and linguistics.
Undergraduates exploring CSD as a possible major should enroll in one or more of our introductory courses: CSD 146 - Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders, CSD 230 - Introduction to Audiology, or CSD 269 - Deafness and Society. Normally undergraduates are admitted once they have 30 credits and a GPA greater than 2.00. Currently, we have ~500 undergraduates in the major. The program strongly supports undergraduate education and experiences, cultural diversity, and the Schreyer Scholars Program. Further, the program offers sequential course work and (by appropriate scheduling) students can minor in a related area.
The faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their academic and research accomplishments.
Statement for Equitable Treatment
The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Discrimination or harassment against faculty, staff, or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University.
- Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
- The Pennsylvania State University
- 308 Ford Building
- University Park, PA 16802
- Phone: 814-863-4449
- Fax: 814-865-8133
For more information about the CSD undergraduate program, please contact:
- Joel Waters, M.A.
- CSD Academic Adviser