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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Our Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program provides broad-based instruction to prepare students to diagnose and treat a variety of hearing and speech disorders in children, the elderly, or patients who have suffered speech or hearing trauma. Our graduate degree program prepares students for the clinical practice of speech-language pathology, working with both children and adults to evaluate and diagnose disorders associated with speech, language, cognition, communication, and swallowing. 



  • Dean Dennis George announced the College of Health and Human Services Faculty Award winners for 2018. Two award winners were from Communication Sciences and Disorders:
    • Teaching – Dr.  Leigh Anne Roden-Carrier
    • Part-Time Teaching – Ms.  April Hardison

      Please congratulate these individuals for their exemplary efforts in their respective categories!  Recognition by one’s peers and students is a great honor. Winning the CHHS College Award also places them in nomination for the WKU university award in their respective teaching roles. We wish them the best of luck as they move forward.  We are proud to have each of these colleagues represent us at the university level.


Academic Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders
Undergraduate Minor in American Sign Language Studies
Pre-SLP - Leveling Program to Provide Prerequisite Courses (entry into a graduate program)
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (on-campus & distance learning options)


Our Mission:

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at WKU prepares students to be knowledgeable, productive and engaged leaders in professional practice. Our department provides a dynamic academic foundation to students across the globe through opportunities for lifelong learning, service and research.


corinne balliette

Student Spotlight

Meet Corinne
Corinne Balliette, a distance student, investigated the readiness or willingness of providers, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and patients to participate in telepractice for speech-language therapy services in rural areas of Nevada. (Read more...)
megan french

Alumni Spotlight

Meet Megan
Megan French (B.S. in Communication Disorders, May 2016), currently in her second year of graduate school at the University of Cincinnati was privileged to interview and receive a stipend externship at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. (Read more...)
dr. weiler

Faculty Spotlight

Meet Dr. Weiler

CSD Professor Dr. Brian Weiler was involved in a study focused on the rate of failure in kindergarten language screenings when the Rice Wexler Test of Early Grammatical Impairment was used. (Read more...)




Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Central Time)

Department Chair:

Richard Dressler, PhD, CCC-SLP
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Western Kentucky University
College of Health & Human Services
1906 College Heights Blvd. #41030
Academic Complex 104-C
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030
Phone: (270) 745-6280


2018 KSHA Faculty & Student Presentations








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