MelisawboyandboardStudents major in communication sciences, with a concentration in communication disorders. Communication disorders students complete 45 credit hours of required courses for the major/concentration. This coursework includes study in communication sciences and disorders, psychology, English/linguistics, as well as statistics and research design.

Following completion of an undergraduate degree, students can pursue a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. A master’s degree typically requires two additional years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. At CWRU, undergraduate students can apply to participate in the Integrated Graduate Studies program. In this program, a student can complete an undergraduate degree in communication disorders and a master’s degree in communication disorders in five years. Below you will find a recommended sequence of courses for an undergraduate degree in communication disorders. The recommended undergraduate sequence is slightly different for students interested in the IGS program.

A master’s degree is the entry level degree for professional clinical practice in speech-language pathology. Thus, for many students, an undergraduate degree in communication disorders is a pre-professional degree in preparation for graduate study. As such, the undergraduate coursework in the communication disorders curriculum emphasizes the basic processes and acquisition of normal communication in children and adults. Graduate study then focuses on the study of disordered communication.

Many students pursue undergraduate study in communication disorders as preparation for further study or in conjunction with study in other fields. For example, one can combine a major in communication disorders with a major in sociology or psychology or a minor in gerontological studies. For students interested in academic or research careers, investigation in the field of communication disorders is often done alongside investigation of normal human behavior. For example, one might study the word learning of children with normal language as well as children with language impairments.

Declaring a Major

If you wish to declare a major in Communication Sciences, obtain a Major Declaration for in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (Sears 357). Complete the form, then contact the Department of Psychological Sciences Chair, Dr. Demaree (had4@case.edu) or simply schedule an appointment with him using his Google Appointment Slots calendar. Dr. Demaree will meet with you for approximately 15 minutes to discuss the major requirements and to assign a major advisor.


To achieve Gold status, our chapter:

  • Increases awareness of communication sciences and disorders (CSD) among state and federal legislators
  • Supports clients, students, and organizations in local communities across the nation
  • Provides scholarships to students in CSD programs by contributing to a donation of more than $10,000 to the ASHFoundation’s NSSLHA Scholarship
  • Raised more than $15,250 to the 2017 NSSLHA Loves Campaign

“Without the combined efforts from our students, faculty and staff our chapter could not have achieved this honor. Not only has our NSSLHA chapter received gold chapter honors but we have achieved our goal of becoming a larger and well known club on our campus. I am so excited to see how much further our club can expand and support our field of communication sciences and disorders. Keep doing an amazing job CWRU NSSLHA!”

National NSSLHA Chapter Honors are awarded to affiliated NSSLHA chapters that demonstrate an outstanding effort to support National NSSLHA’s mission to inspire, empower, and support students in communication sciences and disorders programs.


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Undergraduate Communication Sciences News and Events

Jessica Salley awarded 2020-2021 Freedman Fellows Student Grant

Jessica Salley is a doctoral candidate in the Communication Sciences program in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Her research investigates the long-term impacts of childhood brain injury on academic and social participation, particularly for individuals in high-risk groups. This project will use virtual reality to create a simulated...

Stacy Williams elected fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Case Western Reserve University faculty member Stacy Williams was elected a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Williams also is COO of a leading online continuing education company, and founder and CEO of Simucase, an online simulation learning platform. ASHA fellowship is one of the highest honors the organization bestows...

IMPACT Program Provides Mentorship to Underrepresented COSI/CSD Students

Lauren Calandruccio, associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, recently received a grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to create the Innovative Mentoring and Professional Advancement through Cultural Training (IMPACT) program. IMPACT is a one-year program, launched earlier this year, that provides formal...

CWRU supports the ASHFoundation Virtual 5k Walk/Run Event

Thirteen Case Western CWRU teammates ran/walked 3.1 miles along with 1,232 other ASHFoundation supporters Saturday, August 29, 2020. The event, which was the ASHFoundation's first virtual walk/run, raised more than $35,000 for communication sciences research and scholarships.

Congratulations to Shin Hyung Kim for being selected as a SOURCE 2020 Summer Research Fellow!

Congratulations to Shin Hyung Kim for being selected as a SOURCE 2020 Summer Research Fellow. Steve's project will be supervised by Dr. Calandrucio and will focus on understanding the importance of the meaningfulness of competing speech in multi-talker environments. Thank you to the SOURCE office and to the Bruce...

Isabella Beninate selected as a SOURCE 2020 Summer Research Fellow

Congratulations to undergraduate Isabella Beninate for being selected as a SOURCE 2020 Summer Research Fellow. Isabella's project will be supervised by Dr. Calandrucio and will focus on the acoustic analyses of speech produced by multiple talkers. Thank you to the SOURCE office and to the Bruce Rakay Summer Research...

Speakeasy moves to online format during pandemic

       Every Monday during the academic semesters graduate students from the Communication Sciences Program participate in a large group (25-33 members) with adults with acquired communication disorders (under faculty supervision). Group members have described this group as "their family", making comments like "I look forward to Mondays every week",...

Participants needed for research in children with traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Department of Communication Sciences Case Western Reserve University Participants needed for research in children with traumatic brain injury (TBI). We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study to learn about the experiences of families who have a child with TBI. Participants (caregivers of children with TBI) would be asked to...

Congratulations to the CWRU chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association for being awarded Gold Chapter Honors for the third year in a row!

Congratulations to the CWRU chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association for being awarded Gold Chapter Honors for the third year in a row! This recognition acknowledges outstanding community outreach, fundraising, and advocacy for those with communication, swallowing and hearing disorders.