Communication Sciences and Disorders

Program Overview

Are you exploring careers within the "helping" professions? If the idea of helping people with speech, language or hearing problems appeals to you, a career as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist might be for you.

In this major, you will fully explore the biological, physical, social, and linguistic aspects of communication, as well as what happens when communication is impaired, and how to treat various impairments.

Scranton's Communication Sciences and Disorders major fully prepares students for graduate education and careers in these growing fields.


The Communication Sciences and Disorders bachelor's degree is offered in a 3-year accelerated or a 4-year traditional track.  In either track, students must complete 120 to 120.5 credits. The curriculum includes the prerequisite courses needed for admission to a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology. 

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Hands-On Learning

Our state-of-the-art facilities include the exceptional Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, a modern facility constructed in 2015 with 25 laboratories, nine traditional and active learning classrooms, nine group study rooms, and multiple simulation environments. 

Students will actively engage in projects that examine and analyze current research, participate in clinical case study reviews, and develop empirical studies that focus on communication disorders. 

Career Outlook

The job outlook for speech-language pathologists and audiologists is strong as both fields present opportunities for high earnings and employment growth. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of speech-language pathologists and audiologists to grow 27% and 16%, respectively, between 2018 and 2028, which is faster than average for all occupations.

Club Activities

Members of the university's NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association) Chapter virtually hosted a guest speaker at their May meeting.

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Student Organization Receives National Recognition


The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Chapter at the University of Scranton is one of only 93 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be awarded Gold Chapter Honors for attaining a distinguished level of achievement during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Shown, front row seated from left: Amelia Alacqua, Abigail Walsh, Kayla Tilwick, Julianna McRell, Mianicole Duverge. Back row: Domenic Scaffidi, Ava Amato, Megan Knecht, and Gia Maayan.

Absent from photo: Anna Lunbery, Ashley Kessell, Brooke Haltmeier, Deirdre Meagher, Emma Dougherty, Francesca Failla, Jacob Rogomentick, Johsua Vargas, Kaelan Ellis, Madison Dunlop, Maggie Cygan, Marilyn Keating, Molly Enright, Nora O'Connell, Sheila Miller, Sofia Colucci, Tanner Updyke, and Teresa Fernandes.

Upcoming Lectures

SLHS Guest Lecture Series

Resources for High School Students

Information about the Professions

Program Director


Hope E. Baylow, D.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Leahy Hall 824
Office phone: 570-941-4052
Department phone: 570-941-5874  

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