James Madison University

Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Clubs and Organizations

JMU National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)


The JMU chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) works to provide students better insight into the professional world of speech-language pathology and audiology through presentations and opportunities to get to know their professors. NSSLHA believes the faculty is a very important influence on the students, and that students can make significant contributions to the faculty, as well. Students are able to get to know their peers, form relationships with their professors, and learn about topics related to the field including research being conducted at JMU. The chapter also offers social events for students and faculty, fostering interaction in a relaxed environment

Our local chapter dues are $20.00 for the year or $15.00 per semester. If you are a National NSSLHA member, local dues are $5.00 for the year with proof of national membership. For those wishing to join the local chapter only, dues are National membership is $60.00 per year - http://www.asha.org/members/nsslha/.

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JMU Student Academy of Audiology (SAA)


The JMU chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) is an organization for students in the Au.D. and Ph.D. audiology programs.  The local chapter provides students an opportunity to network with classmates and faculty.  The club at JMU focuses on four main areas of outreach: education, service, fundraising and social activities. Our SAA chapter provides education for the community by giving lectures on hearing conservation and protection.  On the national level, SAA offers textbooks at discount cost, networking with professional audiologists, and a national conference each year.  SAA provides important experiences in the field of audiology as well as a support system of students and faculty. 

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Council for Exceptional Children


CEC is an organization dedicated to promoting the welfare and education of exceptional children and youths. This organization is tied to special education, which is a minor for many CSD majors. The information and service gained in this club is extremely beneficial. Visit www.jmu.edu/orgs/cec for more details.

American Sign Language Club


The purpose of this club is to expose JMU students to aspects of the Deaf culture and to American Sign Language. Their goal is to increase the diversity of James Madison University by educating other students and the Harrisonburg community to sign language. For more information, contact signlanguageclub@jmu.edu

There are also many other service clubs that would be good to take in part in to boost up your resume for grad school! Be sure to attend student organization night so that you can get more information on all the wonderful organizations that JMU has to offer!