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Overview

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For students considering a career in speech-language pathology or audiology, this undergraduate major provides the scientific foundation required for graduate level academic work and clinical training. This major may be a good match for you if you have an interest in understanding how we communicate, exploring the normal or disordered processes in communication, and/or working clinically in the field of communication disorders with individuals with speech, language, hearing or swallowing deficits. The BA degree in Communication Science (CS) emphasizes the normal processes of speech, language and hearing, and also provides an introduction to the nature, cause and remediation of communication disorders across the lifespan. 

Department Chair Named

The Department of Communication Science and Disorders is excited to announce the September arrival of our new chair, Bernard Rousseau, PhD, MMHC, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow. Hear his vision for the CSD Department by watching the video below. Learn more about Dr. Rousseau here.

Dr. Bharath Chandrasekaran also joins CSD this September as professor and vice chair of Research.

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Why Choose Pitt Communication Science?

The CS program is part of Pitt's highly regarded Department of Communication Science and Disorders (CSD), a national leader in training professionals in the areas of speech-language pathology and audiology. These graduate programs are currently ranked 7th in the nation based on the most recent surveys of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report. Aside from being highly ranked, there are many compelling reasons to join Pitt CSD!

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About

Learn more about the Communication Science program and how it prepares students for careers in audiology, speech-language pathology, and health care fields beyond Communication Science and Disorders.

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Admission

Students applying to the Communication Science Program must complete 60 credits with a minimum QPA of 2.75. Review detailed information on all admission requirements and application instructions here.

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Curriculum

The Communication Science curriculum offers students an introduction to the main career paths in Communication Science, including Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, and a depth of speech, hearing and language production courses.

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Student Group

Become involved in the local chapter of a national organization and get connected. Learn more about our student group.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Need more information? Check out our Q&A in this list of frequently asked questions.