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Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S.

Program Description

La Salle University’s four-year Communication Sciences and Disorders program provides a rigorous academic curriculum and a variety of hands-on learning experiences to prepare students for successful careers and to pursue graduate studies in speech-language pathology or audiology. Students gain knowledge of the principles of human communication and swallowing processes. Coursework focuses on the anatomical, physiological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing processes and disorders.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, credentialing, and scientific organization for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech-language-hearing scientists. Students can learn more about undergraduate education in communication sciences and disorders and information about speech-language pathology and related professions from the ASHA website:

The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in communication sciences and disorders. La Salle University formed an ASHA-recognized NSSLHA chapter in 2002. Membership in the La Salle NSSLHA chapter is available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in one of the Communication Sciences and Disorders programs.

Student NSSLHA members can increase their involvement in the field by visiting professional work sites, engaging in group outreach programs, attending panel discussions, fundraising, and more. NSSLHA membership allows students to engage in leadership activities locally and nationally by promoting dialogue between students, professionals, and community members. For more information, please visit the NSSLHA Web site:

CSD Student Handbook

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Student Handbook contains program-specific rules, guidelines, and procedures for progression and will be available to all students.

Why Take This Major?

The Communication Sciences and Disorders major provides students with the knowledge needed to enter a master’s degree program in speech-language pathology, the entry-level degree for professional practice as a speech-language-pathologist. Speech-language pathologists care for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds with communication and swallowing disorders. They assess, treat, and help prevent speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and related disorders. A bachelor’s degree in CSD can also lead to other career areas, including careers in rehabilitation science, health care, and education.