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Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science

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For students considering a career in speech-language pathology, audiology or other rehabilitation fields, this undergraduate major provides the scientific foundation 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 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, provides an introduction to the nature, cause and remediation of communication disorders across the lifespan. 

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Why Choose Pitt Communication Science?

The CS program is ranked #1 in the state of Pennsylvania and 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. The graduate programs are currently hailed as some of best in the nation. Based on the most recent surveys of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report, speech-language pathology is ranked #3 and audiology is #7Aside from being highly ranked, there are many compelling reasons to join Pitt CSD!

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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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Students applying to the Communication Science Program must complete 60 credits with a minimum QPA of 2.75. They must complete at least 10 hours of observation of speech-language and/or audiological services. View detailed information on all admission requirements.

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The Communication Science curriculum offers students an introduction to the main career paths in Communication Science.  It provides students with a foundation in speech, hearing and language sciences.

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Student Group

Become involved in the local chapter of the National Student Speech Language Associaton (NSSLHA) 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.