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Communication Sciences and DisordersMajor

This pre-professional undergraduate program provides a thorough understanding of the basic processes involved in speech, hearing and language.

By the numbers22

Speech-language pathologists rank No. 22 in Best Healthcare Jobs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018).

Overview

What is Communication Sciences and Disorders at WVU like?

Description

Our Department houses one of only two undergraduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, one of only two graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology and the only graduate program in Audiology in the state of West Virginia.

The pre-professional undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed to provide well-trained students with a thorough understanding of the basic processes involved in speech, hearing and language for the graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at WVU.

The professions of speech-language pathology and audiology are exciting fields in which clinicians provide service to individuals with speech, language and/or hearing disorders. The graduate programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Communication Sciences and Disorders program highlights:

At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Communication Sciences and Disorders at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

The College has many centers, clinics, labs and programs that offer research experience while allowing you to help people in our local communities.

In addition to on-campus clinics, we maintain relationships with off-campus clinical settings and externship sites where you can obtain clinical hours working with a wide range of individuals with communication disorders. These facilities include a variety of local and regional hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, private practices and nursing homes.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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Rankings

What is Communication Sciences and Disorders at WVU ranked?

Ranked22

Speech-language pathologists rank No. 22 in Best Healthcare Jobs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018).

Ranked38

Speech-language pathologists rank No. 38 in The 100 Best Jobs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018).

Careers

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Communication Sciences and Disorders major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Communication Sciences and Disorders at WVU?

CSAD 200:
Introduction to Communication Disorders

Survey of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders. Introduction to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and the professions of speech- language pathology and audiology.

CSAD 234:
Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing

An overview of anatomy, physiology, and neural pathways for the speech and hearing mechanisms. The respiration, phonation, articulation, and resonance systems will be highlighted for speech production. The outer ear, middle, and inner ear will be highlighted for hearing perception.

CSAD 274:
Manual Communication

Development of skills needed to communicate in sign language. The manual alphabet, basic number concepts, and the basic vocabulary of traditional American signs.

CSAD 342:
Introduction To Audiology

Introduction to the profession of audiology; principles of hearing screening, audiological assessment and treatment; disorders of hearing; audiogram interpretation.

Cost and Aid

How much does Communication Sciences and Disorders at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2019-20 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $401
Per Semester $4,812
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,624
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,093
Per Semester $13,116
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,232
International
Per Credit $1,093
Per Semester $13,416
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,832
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Communication Sciences and Disorders at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Communication Sciences and Disorders major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2020-21 academic year. They also must meet the following admission requirement. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

For direct admission to the Pre-Communication Studies and Disorders:
  • GPA: 3.00
  • ACT Composite: 23
  • SAT EBRW and Math: 1140

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