Undergraduate

Due to the COVID pandemic, Western Washington University moved the majority of courses to a remote instruction format for the 2020-2021 academic year. In the fall of 2021, all graduate courses and some undergraduate courses will be face-to-face (see Classfinder for more details). Clinical services in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics will be provided face-to-face beginning in fall 2021 with few exceptions. Although we are doing everything possible to avoid program extensions, it is possible that graduate students enrolled in the M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology will not complete their training program within the expected and published time frame. This is due to increased clinical supervision expectations, fluctuating availability of off-site clinical placements, and modifications to clinical service provision (shortened sessions to allow for health screens and disinfection, for example). 

Also due to COVID the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) will be waived for 2022 applicants to the SLP and Au.D graduate programs. 

Please contact the graduate school with questions:

(360) 650-3170
gradschool@wwu.edu
gradschool.wwu.edu

What is the study of Communication Sciences and Disorders?

Communication Sciences and Disorders includes two disciplines, speech-language pathology and audiology, which have developed out of a concern for people with communication disorders. The academic and clinical curriculum at the undergraduate level includes a wide range of courses and clinical practicum opportunities. Students learn about both normal and disordered communication processes. They also have many opportunities to observe and participate in the assessment and treatment of clients who are served in our CSD clinics. The undergraduate CSD major prepares students to pursue a graduate degree. A master’s degree in speech-language pathology and a clinical doctorate in audiology are required to engage in professional practice.

Why should I consider a Communication Sciences and Disorders Major?

Many people easily talk with family, friends, and colleagues everyday. Although we often take language, speech, and hearing for granted, these processes are extraordinarily complex. Furthermore, anyone at any age can be affected by illness or injury that will impair the ability to talk or hear. In fact, one out of every six Americans has a communication disorder. Each one can be helped in some way by a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or speech, language, and hearing scientist.

Grounded in the latest scientific theories and research, CSD students learn to assess and treat persons with communication disorders—from infants to the elderly. In labs students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and analysis procedures as they study sound, speech, language, and hearing. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists make a positive contribution to people’s lives. With the changing makeup of our population comes the need for speech-language-hearing professionals who are skilled in working in a complex and diverse society. For people with the proper education and flexibility, employment prospects are excellent. Opportunities and challenges await you!

CSD Wait List Policy

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders reserves the right to manage its wait lists to give priority to students who must take the courses to be on track with the lockstep program and satisfy major requirements.

Need help or information?

You can reach our advisors by email or by making an appointment. If you're on campus, drop by the Academic Instruction Center East wing, AI 394, and talk with Karen Smith, our department manager. She will guide you in arranging an appointment with the appropriate advisor.

Contact an Advisor

Transfer Advising

Dr. David Evans, Associate Professor

Western Washington University
Academic Instructional Center
AI 376, MS 9171
Bellingham WA 98225
360-650-3206
David.Evans@wwu.edu

All Other Advising

Dr. Anna Diedesch, Associate Professor

Western Washington University
Academic Instructional Center
AI 386, MS 9171
Bellingham WA 98225
360-650-3172
Anna.Diedesch@wwu.edu

Dr. Douglas Sladen, Associate Professor

Western Washington University
Academic Instructional Center
AI 384, MS 9171
Bellingham WA 98225
360-650-7561
Douglas.Sladen@wwu.edu

Dr. David Evans, Associate Professor

AI 376, MS 9171
Bellingham WA 98225
360-650-3206
David.Evans@wwu.edu