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Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.A., B.S.)

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sciences

Total credit hours: 63, 68

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

About the program

The ability to communicate with others is essential to a productive life. Your degree in communication sciences and disorders is the first step towards a rewarding career helping people to connect to the world around them as a speech and hearing pathologist or therapist, audiologist, teacher or clinician.

Students have the opportunity to complete a clinical practicum at area hospitals, schools, clinics and extended care facilities plus internship opportunities at St. Paul’s and Children’s Center of Mercer County, enabling you to apply theory to practice. The broad background provided by this major is an important first step in preparing students to provide quality care for the adults and children with whom they will work.

Visit our Academic Catalog (2018-2019) for course listings.

Major Features

  1. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of principles of basic science and normal development in relation to speech, language, hearing, and swallowing for entry level into the profession.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, etiologies, diagnostic and treatment methods for each disorder area within the scope of practice for Speech Language Pathology.
  3. Graduates will have an understanding of the professional and ethical standards of conduct within the field of CSD.

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