The undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is pre-professional and leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The Program is designed to provide students with a sound scientific foundation that leads to employment in a variety of entry-level careers in health and human services or to graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology or related disciplines. Students who fall under the 2018.19 catalog or earlier must complete 42 hours of Liberal Studies, 24 hours of a related concentration area (or 18-24 hours of a minor), 20 hours of general electives, and 42 hours in the major. Students who are under the 2019.20 catalog or later must complete 42 hours of Liberal Studies, 18 hours of related concentration or minor courses, 18 hours of general electives and 42 hours in the major.
WCU's undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders has been recognized nationally as a top program due to it's focus on experiential training as well as it's globally recognized faculty members. Professor David Shapiro was recently recognized with a top University of North Carolina system honor for his global impact as a teacher and researcher in the field of stuttering. Watch UNC TV's profile story of Dr. Shapiro: