This interdisciplinary major draws on linguistics, psychology, and physiology to explore normal communication processes and the nature of communication disorders. The undergraduate degree integrates liberal arts courses with theoretical and hands-on aspects of communicative sciences and disorders to teach students how we communicate and how to intervene in both the young and old.Request Info
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As a Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) major, you'll have access to a wealth of enriching opportunities supplementing our core curriculum:
- Through individualized advising, you can tailor your course work to fit your needs and interests.
- Our Anatomy and Physiology class includes a cadaver lab at NYU Langone Medical Center.
- You can study abroad at one of 13 global sites around the world. At the London site, we offer Contemporary Issues in Health Services in the UK: An Experiential Approach (4 credits), which integrates seminar class meetings and site visits to clinical facilities in London.
- You can observe sessions in our state-of-the-art on-campus clinic that serves infants, children, and adults with communication disorders.
- You can participate in activities through our chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, including traveling to DC to speak with Congressional representatives and organizing fundraisers for organizations that support individuals with disabilities.
You'll graduate prepared for a variety of pathways upon graduation. Some may require additional schooling or training, while others allow you to enter the workforce directly.
Many of our students go on to one of the following graduate degrees:
- Master's in speech-language pathology
- Clinical doctorate in audiology
This major is also great preparation for a number of other careers. Some of our students pursue:
- Medical or dental school
- Master’s degrees in education or public health
- PhDs in CSD, psychology, or linguistics
- Roles as case manager (speech and language centers)
- Positions at enrichment/afterschool programs
- TESOL certification
- Research/teaching assistant careers
- Sign language interpreter training
- Work at physician’s offices
- Sales and marketing (e.g., at a hearing aid company)
Exceptional undergraduate students have the opportunity to further their learning outside the classroom by completing a research thesis. Working with a faculty mentor, honors students immerse themselves in hands-on research projects that align with their specific interests – gaining critical thinking skills that can benefit aspiring clinicians and academics alike. Learn more about the Undergraduate Honors Program.
Meet Annika Canta (BS '20) and read her Q&A profile to learn more about how she thinks her NYU CSD undergraduate experience prepared her for the future and helped shape her career path.
Information for Future CSD Students
High School Students
Several events are available for high school students who are interested in coming to NYU Steinhardt and majoring in CSD. Each summer, NYU Steinhardt offers sessions where you can talk with faculty in the department and get a tour of our facilities. In addition, each fall the school offers open house events where you can hear from current students and advisers from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, watch a video of some of the unique opportunities available to you at NYU, and listen to a special presentation about the CSD program.
For information about applying to the CSD program and to request more info, visit the Office of Undergrad Admissions website.
Current NYU Students
If you are currently an NYU student interested in declaring Communicative Sciences and Disorders as your major, we strongly recommend that you take CSCD-UE 101: The Talking Brain: Typical and Disordered Communication prior to changing majors. We also recommend that students have a 2.5 GPA or better prior to declaring the CSD major.