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Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.S.)

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Science

Total credit hours: 79 credit hours consisting of 39 hours of CSD courses and 40 hours of interdisciplinary requirements.

Internship/Practicum opportunities: Visit the Career Development Center for internship information.

About the program

The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) major at Thiel College serves the higher education needs of pre-professionals as they advance their careers and reach toward their personal enrichment goals.

This interdisciplinary curriculum readies students to compete for admission to graduate school and prepare for a career in the professions of speech-language pathology, audiology, and research.  Clinical practicum at Thiel’s on-campus Center for Speech-Language Services enables students to apply theory to practice at the undergraduate level.

Visit our Academic Catalog (2021-2022) for course listings.

Major Features

  1. Students will demonstrate understanding of speech and hearing science principles including anatomy, physiology, and neuroanatomy.
  2. Students will demonstrate understanding of normal speech development and function across the lifespan including hearing, feeding, and swallowing.
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding of normal language development and function across the lifespan including cognition and literacy.
  4. Students will demonstrate adequate professional writing skills for entry into a graduate program or workforce.
  5. Students will report their understanding of the role of cultural linguistic differences in normal communication.

Scholarship Opportunities

Thiel College offers scholarships to students for reasons such as academic success, community service or involvement, exemplary leadership and more! The scholarships available to communication sciences and disorders majors are:

  • Marion G. Resch Science Scholarship at Thiel College
  • Dr. Florence West Tribute to Dr. Bly
  • Carlem Scholarship Endowment
  • The Dr. Judith A Crissman '64 Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Maenpa Family Biotechnology Endowed Scholarship Fund at Thiel College
  • Elizabeth McElhaney Scholarship
  • J. Scott Morrison Endowment for Science and Religion
  • Arthur E. Smith Scholarship Fund
  • TWC Amelia Earhart Scholarship
  • Dr. Sonya M. Wilt Endowed Scholarship
  • Irene Wintersteen Memorial Science Scholarship

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the types of aid available to students.

Clubs & Organizations

It's easy to get involved on campus! Joining a student club or organization is an excellent way to meet others and gain leadership experience. An environmental chemistry major might be interested in the following clubs and orgs:

  • National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association
  • Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society)
  • Beta Beta Beta (National Biology Honorary)
  • Nu Rho Psi (National Neuroscience Honorary)

Visit our Campus Life page to see a full list of student clubs and organizations.

Alumni & Careers

Thiel College graduates with a degree in communication sciences and disorders are in demand! Graduates can work in different fields such as:

  • Speech and language pathologist: Earn a median income of $73,410 per year working to diagnose and treat a variety of hearing and speech.*
  • Audiologist: Earn a median income of $75,980 per year working to diagnose, manage, and treat a patient’s hearing, balance, or related ear problem.*

Thiel graduates have gone on to pursue rewarding careers as speech and language pathologists, audiologists, teachers and clinical assistants. Jackson Memorial Hospital (Miami, FL), Chardon High School (Chardon, OH), Blue Cross of Western PA (Pittsburgh, PA), Mercer Co. Behavioral Health Commission (Sharon, PA), Good Samaritan Hospital Home Care (Goshen, NY), and Frederick County Public Schools (Frederick, MD) are among the many employers hiring Thiel graduates.

*Median salaries from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics