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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders

About the Program

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) prepares you for professions that help people who have difficulty communicating, swallowing and hearing.

The study of communication disorders involves understanding the development of speech, language​, swallowing and hearing, as well as learning how to diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders in adults and children.

The CSD bachelor’s degree emphasizes a variety of options to acquaint students with careers in which they assist individuals with communication disorders after obtaining a graduate degree.

We also offer a three-year Baccalaureate Degree which allows ​you to complete a regular four-year Baccalaureate Degree within three years after initial enrollment at the University of Cincinnati. ​You must complete all the requirements of a baccalaureate degree.  However, you will do so in a compressed time frame and/or by getting a jump start on the degree by completing requirements prior to UC enrollment. This option is mostly for students who come in with advanced standing through AP or ​College Credit Plus credits.  The CSD bachelor’s degree emphasizes a variety of options to acquaint students with careers in which they assist individuals with communication disorders after obtaining a graduate degree. Integrated Core Learning is the foundation for undergraduate learning at UC and more information can be found here:  Students begin UC with a comprehensive First Year Experience and are placed into CSD Learning Communities. Through Learning Communities first year students form partnerships with faculty, staff, and other students to provide a cohesive learning experience centered around courses that fulfill core requirements. Go here to learn more about FYE:  As students are entering into the professional curriculum portion of their undergraduate education during sophomore and junior years, students participate in the Mid-Collegiate Touch Point conference which is a half-day conference that brings students from all disciplines together to discuss a case study in interdisciplinary teams. For more information go to:

You will complete coursework in the areas of anatomy and neurophysiology, linguistic and acoustic aspects of communication, an introduction to speech, language & hearing disorders and an overview of the clinical process.  ​You will choose an Emphasis in one of the following areas: business, education, health careers, or research & science.  ​If you are interested in a research experience you will need to arrange this by working with the Undergraduate Program Director, who will contact faculty to find the best available match for you. A senior capstone project is also required.

You may join the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  NSSLHA is the national pre-professional membership organization of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders.  The University of Cincinnati has a very active chapter that meets monthly. ​You will participate in philanthropy, fundraising, volunteering, listening to guest speakers and much more. The UC NSSLHA Chapter was awarded "Chapter of the Year" in 2011, 2014 and 2017 by National NSSLHA and there are over 300 NSSLHA programs in the USA and abroad. You can also join the CSD student organization of Multicultural Concerns in Communication Disorders (MC2).

The final aspect of the General Education curriculum at the undergraduate level is completion of a Capstone Experience.  The Capstone in CSD is designed to demonstrate the baccalaureate competencies of critical thinking, social responsibility, effective communication and knowledge integration.  ​You may select from the following Capstone experiences: Senior Honors Project, Service Learning Project, Portfolio, or Case Studies Course.  During spring semester of the junior year, ​you will meet with a CSD faculty advisor to plan the Capstone experience. The specific total course credit for the Capstone (1-9 credit hours) will be determined by you and faculty advisor.

Students in CSD who have a 3.6 or higher cumulative GPA by the end of spring semester of the junior year may qualify for the CSD Departmental Honors Program. Students who transfer from another institution must have a UC cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher from a minimum of 60-semester credit hours earned at the University of Cincinnati by the end of spring semester of junior year. Students register and complete the CSD Honors program during senior year as part of the Capstone Experience. 

A Dual Admissions Program is a non-binding BS/MA or BS/AuD program, which allows high school seniors to gain early assurance acceptance to the University of Cincinnati Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. The program seeks highly motivated, intellectually curious, and academically talented students who are serious about a career in speech-language pathology and/or audiology. Students must be accepted first to the University of Cincinnati, Communication Sciences and Disorders B.S. Undergraduate Program, and then contact the Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Carolyn Sotto at for the Dual Admission application. High School students who will graduate with a 3.5 unweighted GPA and score a 27 composite or higher on the ACT and/or a 1240 composite or higher of Verbal + Math on the Old SAT and a 1280-1300 on the New SAT are eligible to apply.  We do not super-score multiple test administrations. 

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
3202 Eden Avenue
P.O. Box 670379
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
Phone: 513-558-8502
Fax:  513-558-8500

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