The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is a relatively new department at Western Carolina University. The program began in the mid-1960s and was a part of the Department of Human Services through the College of Education and Allied Professions. In 2007, we became our own department and moved to the new College of Health and Human Sciences. CSD's promotion to departmental status was a sign of our value to the university. The department received the 2010 Academic Program of Excellence Award from Western Carolina University. This award is presented periodically since 1986 to an academic program to recognize the achievement of excellence and carries a cash prize of $10,000.
We are currently home to 100 undergraduate students who are seeking the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. These students gain valuable pre-professional experience in our department. We also currently have 60 graduate students seeking the Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Our graduate students are building on the skills and knowledge they gained at the undergraduate level—whether in the field of communication sciences and disorders or not—in order to enter the field at a professional level.
In addition to our commitment to our students, we also are home to the Speech and Hearing Center, which serves approximately 75 clients a week. This allows us not only to help train our students but also to aid our community.
If you have questions about our programs, please contact us.