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The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CD&S) was one of the first programs in California and has a 40+ year history of providing excellent academic and clinical experiences preparing students for careers as audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU features a culturally and linguistically diverse educational environment where, per self-report, the 2015 student population was 41.4% Asian, 24.9% Hispanic, 20.5% White, 9.6% not specified, 3.1% African American, 0.4% Pacific Islander, and 0.1% Native American. The CD&S Department reflects this diversity and many CD&S students have language proficiency skills in, for example, American Sign Language, Cantonese, Chu Chou, Farsi, French, Hakka, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese.

The CD&S Department offers two degrees, the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts. The Bachelor of Arts degree is a pre-professional program intending to prepare students for graduate study in audiology or speech-language pathology. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our programs.

Announcements & Events

Watch our faculty Dr. Lyle Lustigman and Dr. Nidhi Mahendra present their research related to diversity, social justice and culturally sustaining pedagogy at the Spring 2021 Lurie College of Education Faculty Research Symposium.

  • 0:00​ – Welcome to our Faculty Research Symposium
  • 0:57​ – Opening remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer and Dr. Mark Felton
  • 2:52​ – Lyle Lustigman, PhD – Assistant Professor, Communicative Disorders & Sciences – “‘And what were you doing?’ ‘Helping!’ Adult scaffolding in children’s early language development”
  • 26:24​ – Nidhi Mahendra PhD – Associate Professor, Communicative Disorders & Sciences – “Spartan Aphasia Research Clinic (SPARC): Where aphasia research, clinical service delivery, and student training meet”

CD&S Department Calendar

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