Skip to main content

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Science (M.S.) Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology. We are currently home to 115 undergraduate and 60 graduate students.

In addition to superior classroom education, students receive hands-on training in the Speech and Hearing Clinic, which serves approximately 75 clients a week and provides a valuable health service to the community. Our students may also choose to get involved in WCU's National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter, further augmenting their studies and understanding of the field.

CSD professor teaching a class


Discover more about our programs:

Minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders Flyer

Minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders Catalog Entry

B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders



The fundamental role of WCU is to develop a community of scholarship in which students, faculty members, administrators, and staff members learn and apply the products of learning. The mission of the faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to engage jointly in the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to address communication and its disorders, exercise informed judgments, and accept challenges calling for innovative clinical responses. In the execution of this mission, we are committed to honoring the individual differences and needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations and growing in awareness, knowledge, and experience to meet the challenges provided by ethical practices, changing populations, and scope of practice demands.


The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Speech-Language Pathology at Western Carolina University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800.498.2071 or 301.296.5700.
Learn More

CSD Faculty

The faculty members of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, many of whom have been or still are professional clinicians, have a wealth of practical experience and they’re excited to share their wisdom with you. They're also dedicated researchers who conduct their studies in order to better understand communication sciences and disorders and to expand knowledge in the fieldThey are dedicated to teaching and training students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, preparing students for the challenges that they will find in such careers as speech-language pathologists and research scholars.

Faculty Member Phone Office Address
Trish Davis 828.227.2826 HHS 167
Thales De Nardo 828.227.2425 HHS 163
Leigh Odom 828.227.3834 HHS 162
Bill Ogletree 828.227.3379 HHS 190
Johanna Price 828.227.3795 HHS 188
Tracie Rice 828.227.3378 HHS 158A
Amy Rose 828.227.3289 HHS 160
Laura Trivette 828.227.2409 HHS 169
Claire Wofford 828.227.3376 HHS 104
Sarah Young 828.227.3291 HHS 161
Office of Web Services