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 Sciences and Disorders »


  1. Spring 2019 Open House »


    The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be hosting an Open House Event on Monday, March, 2019 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

  2. Spring Meet and Greet »


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

  3. 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.

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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


  6. Large contingent of COSD students and faculty present at state conference »


    The Radford University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD) was featured at the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) annual conference.