Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

College of Health and Human Sciences

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) offers an undergraduate major focusing on the research, evaluation, and treatment of human communication and its disorders.  Students in SLHS gain a firm foundation for future graduate studies in audiology, speech-language pathology, and many other fields, as well as a well-rounded education that prepares them for life. Lyles Porter Hall, home of SLHS, contains the largest collection of soundproof booths in North America, a specialized preschool, research laboratories and clinical space where undergraduate students, graduate students, and clinical faculty in SLHS see approximately 2,000 clients annually.

The major provides students with the foundational, prerequisite courses needed to enter graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology, including advanced coursework in speech science, hearing science, developmental and acquired speech and language disorders, audiological assessment and rehabilitation, and clinical methods. The major also provides students the opportunity to pursue specialized research interests within the field of communication sciences and disorders. The major is suitable for students seeking a career as a clinical speech-language pathologist or audiologist, or as an academic or industrial research scientist in communication sciences and disorders. 

Purdue’s graduate programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology are consistently ranked in the top 5.

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Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. Many majors require that applicants have completed specific coursework, and all have a suggested minimum GPA. The criteria for this major are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these criteria are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Additional Requirements: One semester of college-level algebra with a grade of C or higher AND one semester of biology, chemistry or physics. The science class should be the course the institution offers for students majoring in the respective discipline, not one for non-majors.


Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-8533


Typically, 95% of graduates who apply to professional/graduate schools earn a spot and 93% of graduates who decide to enter the workforce earn a position.

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