The doctoral program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is an individualized, mentored, and interdisciplinary research degree aimed at developing leaders in research, teaching, and professional service. The Department of CSD strives to provide a comprehensive program of scholarship and education that will advance the understanding of normal processes in human communication sciences and related disorders across the life span. The aim of the program is to prepare Ph.D. students for responsible and productive careers as teacher-scholars by enabling them to gain the necessary knowledge and skills in the primary disciplines of communication sciences and disorders. Faculty in the department as well as in other departments of the University make the program particularly appealing for students interested in communication sciences and disorders. The program of study is guided by the major advisor and an advisory committee prior to candidacy. Post-candidacy, the dissertation is guided by the major advisor and a dissertation committee.