Ohio University

History, Mission, Vision and Strategy

The Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Ohio University's Communication Sciences and Disorders program offers both outstanding professional and research training through bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our faculty is dedicated to exploring the science of human speech, hearing and language as well as seeking new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat various communication disorders.

The division’s undergraduate program in communication sciences and disorders is one of the largest in the United States, and its graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. We achieved our reputation through a unique curriculum that combines classroom study, laboratory work and clinical experiences and service learning opportunities — often in conjunction with students in other disciplines within the college and the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Our graduates leave with a sound understanding of the anatomical and theoretical underpinnings of our field, as well as many hours of hands-on application in a multidisciplinary setting that closely resembles the modern healthcare workplace.

Why Choose Ohio University?
  • A diverse and distinguished academic and clinical faculty
  • Access to state-of-the-art clinical, research and educational facilities
  • High acceptance rate for undergraduates into graduate programs
  • Highly respected, nationally recognized graduate professional training
  • Strong focus on clinical experience in multidisciplinary settings
  • Observational and service experience in on-campus Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic


Ohio University’s studies in communication sciences and disorders date to 1937, when it was part of the School of Dramatic Art and Speech in the College of Fine Arts. Students majored in correction and interpretation, preparing to work with children and adults with communication disorders. A graduate program was added in 1950, followed by a doctoral program in 1957 — Ohio University’s second such offering. By the mid-1960s, the speech and drama programs had been split into separate entities, with the School of Hearing and Speech Sciences housed in various locations around campus: Kantner Hall, then Ewing Hall, then Lindley Hall.

The School of Hearing and Speech Sciences was one of the founding members of the newly created College of Health and Human Services in 1979. When the constituent schools of the college moved into the renovated Grover Center in 2001, the school added “Language” to its name. During the academic restructuring that created the College of Health Sciences and Professions in 2010, the school was renamed Communication Sciences and Disorders and joined with Physical Therapy to form the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences.


  • To engage faculty, staff, and students in the discovery of knowledge through applied and basic research.
  • To educate students from all backgrounds in an inclusive environment that integrates academic rigor, service experience and cultural sensitivity.
  • To cultivate independence, professionalism and competency for students to succeed as scholars, practitioners and advocates in CSD.
  • To extend the boundaries of the university to enrich the quality of lives for diverse populations.


Ohio University's Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) will be nationally recognized for fostering excellence and ambition in our students, faculty, staff, and alumni dedicated to making effective communication accessible and achievable for all.


Goal 1: Provide ongoing support, appropriate incentives, and clear expectations of the range of research activities for faculty, staff and students.

  • Objective A:  Develop an annual goal setting process for faculty and staff with clear procedures for feedback and expectations in terms of expected workload.
  • Objective B:  Establish clear workflow to assist students in applying for and establishing funding to support their research and professional travel.

Goal 2: Create a cohesive identity for the unit such that everyone can articulate the individual programs and interconnected mission of the group.

  • Objective A: Choose a growth direction for the American Sign Language (ASL) program in  CSD.
  • Objective B: Engage in any rebranding required and consistently present unit to internal and external constituencies with agreed on executive summary of programs.

 Goal 3: Improve the writing, critical thinking, and integrative skills of CSD students.

  • Objective A:  Establish a curriculum for the CSD undergraduate paraprofessional classes  that includes developing writing skills and critical thinking.
  • Objective B: Identify and incorporate on-campus and outside resources in critical thinking  into CSD courses.
  • Objective C: Ensure professional program summative assessments have clear milestones and checkpoints through academic and clinical programs to lead students toward successful integration of skills.

Goal 4: Serve the community through outreach and through instilling in students a community, interprofessional, and client/patient-centered orientation

  • Objective A: Ensure CSD representation in community activities touching individuals with communication disorders and individuals who are deaf.
  • Objective B: Provide options related to interprofessional activities for students, faculty and staff.