BS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Communicating complex and abstract thoughts through language is an important part of human existence. Currently, more than 40 million people in the US have some type of speech, language, or hearing impairment, resulting from brain trauma, neurological diseases, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, and cleft palate, among others.

Communicative sciences and disorders is a field dedicated to the science behind how we communicate. This interdisciplinary field draws on the domains of linguistics, psychology, and physiology to understand normal communication processes, as well as the nature of communication disorders and their effects on an individual across the lifespan. Those involved in the field seek to lessen the impact of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders on a person's life.

What you'll learn

This undergraduate program integrates liberal arts courses in social and physical sciences, humanities, writing, foreign languages, and math, with theoretical and hands-on aspects of communicative sciences and disorders to understand how and why we communicate, and if necessary, how to intervene in both the young and old.

The program also includes elective credits that students may use to pursue a minor, which commonly is in linguistics, foreign language (including American Sign Language), psychology, nutrition, or education.

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Why NYU?
  • You have the opportunity to get involved in a lab with one of our active research faculty members.
  • In the Anatomy and Physiology class, you will attend weekly lab sessions at NYU Langone Medical Center.
  • You have the opportunity to broaden your exposure to other cultures by studying abroad at one of 13 NYU global sites around the world. At the London site, we offer a CSD course called, Contemporary Issues in Health Services in the UK: An Experiential Approach (4 credits), a mix of seminar class meetings and site visits to clinical facilities in the London area.
  • You have the opportunity to observe sessions in our state-of-the-art on-campus clinic that serves infants, children, and adults with communication disorders.  
  • Through individualized advising, you can tailor your time at NYU to fit your needs and interests. 
Life After NYU

Students and parents often wonder what careers are available with a particular undergraduate major. The communicative sciences and disorders major prepares students for a variety of careers when they graduate. Some of these careers require additional graduate schooling or training, while others are open to students with a bachelor’s degree in CSD. Some options for students after graduation include: 

Clinical doctorate in audiology

PhD in CSD, psychology or linguistics

Medical or dental school

Case manager (speech and language centers)

Master's in speech-language pathology, education, or public health

Enrichment/Afterschool programs

TESOL certification

Research/Teaching Assistant

Sign language interpreter training

Physician’s office

Sales and marketing (e.g., hearing aid company)

For more information about the CSD major/minor, please contact:

Professor Susannah Levi
Associate Professor/Director, Undergraduate Studies

Professor Zara W. Deluca
Visiting Assistant Professor, Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies, Undergraduate Adviser