The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to develop professionals who are ethical, knowledgeable, skillful and capable of working independently and in collaboration with clients, families and other professionals. The commitment of the department to this mission is reflected in the undergraduate liberal arts and sciences requirements; in the academic coursework in normal and abnormal development and behavior across the human life span; in coursework that engenders awareness of issues in culturally diverse populations; in human communication disorders, and in diagnostic and treatment methodologies; in clinical practicum requirements; and in coursework teaching research skills that support lifelong learning. Learn more about the Department of Communication and Sciences and Disorders.

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  1. Fall Meet and Greet »


    The Department of Communication Scienes and Disorders will be hosting several small "Meet & Greet" sessions throughout the fall semester.

  2. 2018-2019 Ambassadors »


    Miss Melissa Gibson (left) and Miss Hannah Sidebottm (right) have been selected to represent the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as Waldron College Ambassadors for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  3. Spring Open House Event »


    The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be hosting an Open House Event on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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Funding Opportunities

The Department of Communication and Disorders is pleased to offer students a variety of funding opportunities.

Scottish Rite Research Scholarships - These scholarships are funded by the Scottish Rite Masons. We currently have 6 Scottish Rite Research Scholarships, which range from $5000 - $6500. Amounts may vary slightly from year-to-year. Summer Scottish Rite scholarships are also available.

Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia (CDF) - This organization offers one $4000 scholarship (Rita Purcell-Robertson Scholarship) and one $2500 scholarship (David H. Narburgh Scholarship) for the 2019-2020 academic year. View CDF application requirements and deadlines.

James E. Nicely Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders - Dr. James Nicely is Professor Emeritus of Communications Sciences and Disorders. His colleagues and family established this scholarship in his honor. Award amount varies annually.

Waldron College also has several scholarships available to our students. The 2019 College-wide scholarships include the following:

  • Elbert H. & Evelyn J. Waldron Scholarship (multiple scholarships available)
  • Elbert H. & Evelyn J. Waldron College of Health and Human Services Scholarship (multiple scholarships available)
  • Kathy Green Scholarship (undergraduates only)
  • New River Valley Health Foundation, Inc. Scholarship (multiple scholarships available)

Congratulations to past recepients of CDF Scholarships, Emily Speaks (class of 2019) and Megan Bell (class of 2018)!

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Faculty Scholarship Activity

All of the faculty maintain active clinical research programs. Faculty use grant funding to support their scholarly interests, publish and present their research at local, state, regional and national conferences. Much of their research includes graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in learning more about research in speech-language pathology and audiology.

View COSD faculty’s recent scholarship.

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  1. Student takes RARE opportunity to work first-hand with school children in Peru »


    When Pennington heard about the Radford Amazonian Research Expedition program at Radford University, she knew that was a way for her to get first-hand research experience.  

  2. COSD Class of 2018 passes national certification exam with flying colors »


    The Spring 2018 graduates of the Radford University Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD) program have extended the department’s reputation for excellence.

  3. Luncheon wraps up summer RiteCare clinics  »


    Radford University’s Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders concluded its three-week RiteCare Clinics summer program with a luncheon July 2. 

  4. Music therapy students work hands-on with children in the Preschool Language Lab »


    In the Preschool Language Lab, music therapy students work alongside communication sciences and disorders graduate students to assist young children develop verbal communication skills.

  5. Scottish Rite and Radford COSD team up again for RiteCare summer camps »


    For the 23rd consecutive year, Radford University will host a series of RiteCare© camps this summer to enhance children's literacy and language skills.

  6. Radford COSD students introduced to newest tool for swallowing therapy »


    To help patients recover from swallowing disorders, aspiring speech language pathologists in the Radford University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders now have access to the latest therapy technology.


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