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 ( 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:

  • Increase awareness of communication sciences and disorders (CSD) on more than 135 local college campuses and communities across the country—primarily through virtual platforms
  • Increase advocacy efforts by sending more than 9,500 letters to state and federal legislators
  • Provide scholarships to students in CSD programs by contributing more than $24,000 to the ASHFoundation’s NSSLHA Scholarship
  • Support CSD-related organizations by donating more than $64,000 and approximately 20,000 hours of chapter members’ time

“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.”

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the only national student organization for pre-professionals studying communication sciences and disorders (CSD) recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Established in 1972, National NSSLHA is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, and supports 11,700+ members and 340+ chapters at colleges and universities nationwide.

Click here for the CWRU Undergraduate Communications Handbook

Undergraduate Communication Sciences News and Events

Interested in graduate school? Attend our virtual COSI-MA open house!

Communication Sciences M.A. VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE October 29, 11:00am—12:15pm Tour our program View our lab spaces Speak to faculty members Ask our graduate panel a question All without leaving your couch! Registration is required. Submit your questions for the graduate panel to by Oct 25 For more information or to register, contact Ms. Kellie...

New course addition! PSCL 333: Early Intervention I: Theories and Practice

Are you interested in making a difference in young children's lives?  PSCL 333: Early Intervention I: Theories and Practice (Wednesdays, 8-10:30am) is an exciting newly cross-listed course in the Department of Psychological Sciences offered during Fall 2021. In this seminar-based class, undergraduate students will have an opportunity to learn alongside...

Congratulations to PSSC undergad winners of the spring 2021 Schubert@Intersections research competition!

The Schubert Center has selected the winners of the spring 2021 Schubert@Intersections research competition, which recognizes undergraduate projects focused on children and adolescents. The following PSSC students were recognized for their research: First place: Anna Marie Giubileo for “ACEs & Adulthood: How Adverse Childhood Experiences Impact Individuals Later in Life” ...

Communication Science graduate students host Multicultural American Caucus night

Last month, American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA) President Lynn Williams surprised the Department of Psychological Science’s National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) undergraduate students during their Multicultural ASHA Caucus. The event, organized by fourth-year student Cassandra Lopez and other members of CWRU’s chapter of NSSLHA, welcomed guests from the Asian...

Communication Sciences-MA program ranked #45 of best graduate programs

According to the US News and World Report, CWRU's Communication Scienes-MA program is ranked #45 of the best graduate programs in the U.S. It is the only program in Northern Ohio to rank in the top 45 programs. Speech-language pathology is a competitive field for those who wish to help...

SpeakEasy Makes Things Musical

Since the start of COVID-19, many people have been forced to get creative in order to continue doing their jobs and serving their communities. Jean Nisenboum, instructor in the Department of Psychological Sciences’ communication sciences program, is one of those people. For over 25 years, SpeakEasy, a CWRU program, has...

Maddy Oskowski (COSI-MA) to receive OSLHA scholarship!

Communication Sciences-MA student Maddy Oskowski was informed that she will receive $2000 for her 2nd place finish in the Ohio Speech Language and Hearing Association Scholarship competition. Her message to the program: "Thank you again for nominating me and for providing me with such amazing opportunities--I am extremely fortunate to be...

Lauren Calandruccio selected for the Louis D. Beaumont University Professorship II

Since joining the department in 2015, Calandruccio has contributed to the advancement of the understanding and approach to working with and rehabilitating people that are hard-of-hearing, now she’s been selected for the Louis D. Beaumont University Professorship II. Read the full article here:  

Congratulations to COSI undergraduate Isabella Beninate for for winning first place in the Schuberts@Intersections competition

The Schubert Center for Child Studies announced the winners of the fall 2020 Schuberts@Intersections competition. To celebrate and encourage students whose research is focused on children or adolescents, the Schubert Center sponsors a competition for recognition each semester during Intersections. The students’ research covers a wide range of topics...