About the Department

Communication impacts every human interaction, influencing our relationships and the ability to access what we need. These in turn impact our overall health and wellbeing. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers two programs addressing communication and health: Communication Disorders and Health and Social Change.

Communication Disorders

Communication Disorders combines academic learning and clinical experience to prepare you for a meaningful and rewarding career in speech-language pathology, audiology, or related disciplines. Our Undergraduate Program (BS) provides a solid framework for further study or a job in the field. At the graduate level, we offer an on-campus program (MS) and the online Speech@Emerson (MS) program. Both options share the same curriculum and are accredited by ASHA.

Health and Social Change

Health and Social Change (BA) is the nexus of public health and social justice. Students investigate local and global health inequities, engage with communities, and acquire tools to implement change. Graduates are prepared to work in public/community health agencies, nonprofits, international NGOs, or attend graduate school in public health, health education, or social work, among other areas.

CSD Commitment to Racial Equity

Emerson College’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders calls upon our community to join us in support of anti-racist, culturally-sustaining, socially-just, identity-promoting, and inclusive academic and clinical practices. We stand with minoritized friends, family members, colleagues, and neighbors, and commit to social justice and equity across our nation and within our field. We also commit to actively engage in strengthening anti-racist and identity-affirming processes by challenging long-standing processes that perpetuate systemic injustices and violence, as well as barriers to inclusion in our learning spaces and communities.