Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences

Students in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences study human communication and its disorders. Students can choose a clinical or basic science track. Both tracks provide exposure to five areas of emphasis: speech science, hearing science, language science, speech-language pathology, and audiology.

Undergraduate Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Curriculum
Students learn the scientific basis of human communication, its development and its disorders. Electives include survey of human communication and its disorders, biology of sensation, family health and deafness, speech and hearing science instrumentation, cultural diversity, speech perception, articulation disorders and therapies, introduction to hearing aids, child audiology and independent studies and research. Foundation courses include anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, acoustics, scientific thinking, hearing science, language science, language acquisition, adult and child communication disorders, and principles of audiology

Career Options
Students who follow the clinical track and obtain a master's degree will be eligible for certification as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat children and adults with communication disorders (i.e., aphasia, stuttering, language delay). Audiologists are experts in hearing, its measurement and the management of hearing loss. Both speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in a variety of settings, including public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and universities. Some have private practices. A student who follows the basic science track and obtains a doctoral degree will likely seek employment in a university or private industry.

Related Web Site
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences