Communication Sciences and Disorders
What is Communication Sciences and Disorders?
The Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) 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 UC 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. The curriculum prepares you for evidence-based practice in future graduate coursework and clinical practicum in either speech-language pathology or audiology. At the undergraduate level, you do not specialize in either speech-language pathology or audiology, however, flexibility in the program usually allows you to pursue any specific interests within the field including research.
The University of Cincinnati has established academic success criteria for first-year applicants to bachelor's degree programs. All students are encouraged to apply. Please visit High School Student Admissions for more information about first-year student admission requirements.
A bachelor of science in communication disorders is a pre-professional degree that prepares students for graduate work in either audiology or speech-language pathology. Students are prepared for a variety of other graduate programs as well, including social service, special education and health care or health care administration. A master's degree is necessary for professional certification and licensure as a speech-language pathologist, and a doctoral degree is required to be certified as an audiologist. Graduates find careers in hospitals, nursing homes, speech and hearing clinics, schools, educational programs for children with disabilities, the armed services, private practices, universities, and governmental health agencies.
Advisors will be there to help you at every step of your academic journey. If you have advising related questions, please visit the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Academic Advising.
Student Organization Involvement
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. Students 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.
Multicultural Concerns in Communication Disorders (MC2) is another CSD student organization and provides a forum in which students can: engage in meaningful intercultural dialogue; enhance leadership and commitment to social justice; and discuss and address multi-cultural issues that affect individuals with speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders.
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 directly from high school to the University of Cincinnati, Communication Sciences and Disorders B.S. Undergraduate Program. For more information visit the Program Webpage.
If you are student who wishes to transfer from a college or university outside of the University of Cincinnati system, please visit Transfer Admissions for more information.
If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Cincinnati (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change your major to one in the College of Allied Health Sciences, please visit Transition Students for more information.
Application deadlines can be found at Admissions Deadlines.