The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science (CS) program is housed within the Department of Communication Science and Disorders (CSD). This is an upper division major meaning students start the CS program after completing 60 general education credits, which corresponds to the Junior year level.
|60 credits required to begin program (see general education requirements)|
|2 years (4 terms) completed at Junior and Senior year level|
|Program starts fall term only|
|120 credits total required to graduate|
During the first two years at the University of Pittsburgh, Communication Science students typically enroll in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. As freshmen and sophomores in these first two years, curricular experiences emphasize general education and related requirements as well as CSD introductory course work. After acceptance to the Communication Science program, the last two years emphasize specialized coursework in CSD. With appropriate scheduling, students can obtain a minor and/or certificate in most any area plus study abroad if desired.
A professional career in speech-language pathology or audiology requires further graduate study in an accredited program and completion of a clinical fellowship year.
Speech-language pathology and audiology are diverse fields with many opportunities to work with populations ranging from infants to the elderly in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, universities, research institutes, industry and private practice.
The undergraduate major in Communication Science is also appropriate for graduate work in the neurosciences, speech and hearing sciences, health related professions (including dentistry, medicine, and physician assistant studies) as well as graduate work in a range of education specializations, e.g. special education, education of the deaf and hard of hearing and early intervention.