Communication disorders is one of the fastest-growing career specialties in the nation. With a BS in Communication Disorders from Emerson, you’ll be prepared for graduate work in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology, or for a career in healthcare, education, science, or public policy. You’ll study the anatomical, structural, and biological basis of human communication; explore profiles of human communication across the lifespan; and build your knowledge of theory and practice.

You can observe a variety of clinical populations in our onsite Robbins Speech, Language, and Hearing Center and participate in a range of elective clinical experiences, including clinical field experience, clinical foundations coursework, research opportunities, and community engagement. With Emerson’s unparalleled proximity to Boston’s world-class healthcare industry, you’ll have the opportunity to complete guided observations or volunteer work at any of more than 100 clinical sites in the Greater Boston area.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for graduate study in fields such as audiology, speech-language pathology, education, psychology, and more. You’ll also be prepared with the knowledge and skills to find employment in educational and healthcare settings, such as working as a paraprofessional to help children with disabilities in school settings, working as a preschool teacher, or pursuing certification as a speech-language pathology assistant.


At Emerson, you will learn from and work with top scholars. Our dedicated faculty members are leaders in their fields who strive for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Our faculty also support students as academic advisors. Some areas of faculty expertise include:

  • Speech sound production;
  • Fluency and fluency disorders;
  • Voice and resonance;
  • Receptive and expressive language;
  • Hearing;
  • Swallowing;
  • Cognitive aspects of communication;
  • Social aspects of communication;
  • Autism; and
  • Augmentative and alternative communication modalities.


Robbins Center

Our on-campus Robbins Speech, Language, and Hearing Center provides evaluation and treatment services for children and adults with communication disorders and differences. The Robbins Center gives undergraduate students the chance to participate in guided clinical observations, gain volunteer experience, and interact and assist with faculty and graduate student work.

CSD Research Suite

Communication Disorders majors may partner with the department’s faculty to gain research experience in the cutting-edge CSD Research Suite; such partnerships are enabled through volunteer activities, work-study obligations, or through co-curricular credit.


In your coursework, you’ll be exposed to the full breadth of human communication across the lifespan, including development, disorders, and differences. Courses in psychology, American Sign Language, statistics, and science will provide you with a broad perspective on the social and scientific aspects of human communication. You may also combine your interests in communication disorders with courses and minors in psychology, hearing and deafness, science, health communication, political communication, journalism, leadership management, entrepreneurship, marketing, or management communication.