The Biology of Communication

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is the study of the science behind communication disorders and their development. Speech and language impairments include voice disorders, articulation problems, fluency problems, aphasia, phonological problems, and delays in speech or language. Hearing impairments include partial hearing and deafness.

The CSD major consists of a sequential study of the normal processes of speech, language, and hearing, the disorders of communication, and an introduction to assessment and intervention principles. The  major is a pre-professional program that will prepare you both academically and clinically for graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, or education of the deaf and hard of hearing.

Students in our CSD program work closely with our faculty, who are all licensed professionals working locally in western New England. Our small class sizes and dedication to personal attention ensure you’ll have access to their knowledge, experience, real-world understanding, and support in order to succeed.

Our graduates go on to become compassionate, caring professionals working in hospitals, clinics, and school settings.

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Program Success

Cara DeTour ’15, now enrolled in the speech language pathology master’s program at UMass Amherst, says Elms College prepared her well to be accepted into this highly competitive and challenging program. “My Elms professors were more than just professors … They were role models, mentors, reliable resources, and kindhearted people.”