Communication Disorders - Geneva College, a Christian College in Pennsylvania (PA)
 Communication Disorders

Communication Disorders@Geneva

Why pursue a Communication Disorders major at Geneva?

In an era of differing communication problems, attention to the nature, meaning and interpretation of messages is critical. Geneva College’s communication program is designed to develop this attentiveness in students. The Communication Department at Geneva explores various function of communication, showing how each can be influenced by a deep and soulful relationship with Jesus Christ.

 The bachelor’s in Communication Disorders degree program is committed to studying typical and disordered human communication from a biblical perspective. It is our goal to prepare well qualified students for entrance into graduate programs and later into the field of communication disorders. It is rewarding to see our graduates working as Christian speech/language pathologists, modeling the compassion of Jesus when working with people who suffer from various speech, language and swallowing disorders.

Susan Layton
Susan Layton, Communication Department Chair
The Communication Disorders program a Geneva prepared me for success at the graduate level. The program provides an excellent education framed by a Christian worldview and allowed me to gain a larger understanding of my purpose as a student and clinician in the Kingdom here on earth...My transition into the graduate program was made much easier by the care and intentionality with which  my professors at Geneva oversaw our coursework.” - Charissa, Communication Disorders Graduate

What degree would I receive?


What kind of work are Geneva communication graduates doing?

Students who complete the bachelor’s degree with a Communication Disorders major often go on to graduate school programs to pursue careers in counseling or therapy.

Graduate Programs:

In the past 10 years, more than 85% of our graduating seniors have been admitted into a communication disorders graduate program. Additionally, some graduates choose to pursue a graduate degree in a related field such as Applied Behavioral Analysis.

A few of the graduate programs that our Geneva students have graduated from include: Northwestern University, New York Medical College, University of Pittsburgh, University of Iowa, Gallaudet University, Baylor University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

With an earned master's degree, alumni of Geneva's CDS program are working at:

  • SLP, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • SLP, Kindred Hospital, Louisville
  • SLP, Colorado School for the Blind and Deaf
  • SLP, Leetonia Exempted Village School
  • SLP, College Square Elementary School

What are some classes I might take in the Communication Disorders program?

Courses for your bachelor’s degree program will include:

  • Sign Language
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders in Children
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders in Adults
  • Clinical Experience in Communication Disorders

Academic Organizations

  • National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
  • Geneva Theatre

Key Experienced and Accomplished Faculty

Susan Layton
Assistant Professor of Communication and Communication Disorders, Communication Department Chair

What professional development positions are available through Geneva?

  • Membership in National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
  • Clinical Experience in Communication Disorders gaining valuable practitioner skills


U.S. News & World Report named Geneva a Top Three Best Value Regional University

of Geneva graduates have jobs or are in graduate school one year after graduation.