Our curriculum provides a strong foundation in the acoustic, psychoacoustic and neurological principles of speech, language and hearing. Our core courses provide you with exposure to both professional pathways, audiology and speech-language pathology. Elective courses allow you to learn more about your intended career.
Tailor this major to your interests by taking one of these courses as you pursue your degree:
Survey of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders. Introduction to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.
Introduction to Communication Disorders
An overview of anatomy, physiology, and neural pathways for the speech and hearing mechanisms. The respiration, phonation, articulation, and resonance systems will be highlighted for speech production. The outer ear, middle, and inner ear will be highlighted for hearing perception.
Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
Introduction to the profession of audiology; principles of hearing screening, audiological assessment and treatment; disorders of hearing; audiogram interpretation.
Introduction to Audiology
Introduction to the speech disorders of articulation, fluency, resonance and voice. Characteristics and course of treatment for the different disorder types will be discussed across the lifespan.
Introduction to Speech Disorders
Overview of scientific principles underlying basic and applied research methods in communication sciences and disorders with a focus on developing foundations needed to read, interpret, and evaluate properties of published research reports.
Introduction to Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Expansion of the fundamental concepts related to anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system as they relate to speech, language, hearing, swallowing, vestibular, and cognitive function.
Neuroscience in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Take advantage of special options related to this major:
Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first-
and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.