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

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.

Amanda Beck, CWRU 2022, was awarded Henry Timken Scholar Award worth $100,000! Congratulations Amanda!!

Beck received the Henry Timken Scholar award. She was among 20 children of company employees to receive a scholarship in the program, which began in 1958. The scholarships, with a total value of $540,000 over four years, went to students in the United States, Romania, India, Poland, France and Mexico. “This...

Undergraduates: Apply Now for the Hollander Capstone Research Award

This award honors a graduating senior for an outstanding capstone research project in the psychological sciences (Psychology or Communication Sciences). Dr. Edwin and Patricia Hollander contributed significantly to the field of psychological sciences. Criteria to be used to evaluate applications for the Hollander Capstone Research Award Applicants for this award must...

Present at Intersections

Please save the date!  Intersections will be held on April 19, 2019. Stop by and see your fellow students' presentations! https://case.edu/source/share-your-work/present-intersections