College of Health and Human Sciences
The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) offers a preprofessional undergraduate major focusing on the evaluation, treatment, and research 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.
The preprofessional major provides students with the foundational, prerequisite courses needed to enter a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology, including advanced coursework in speech disorder, aural assessment and rehabilitation, and clinical methods. Students may pursue specialized research interests within the field of communication sciences. The major is suitable for students who wish to work in a clinical setting as speech-language pathologists or audiologists.
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Plan of Study
- Speech-language pathologist (SLP) - treats disorders such as stuttering, delayed language development, aphasia, and voice articulation problems. SLPs work in a variety of settings, including private practice, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and school systems. Employment as an SLP requires completion of a master’s degree, supervised professional experience, and passing a national examination.
- Audiologist (AUD) - specializes in the prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation of hearing disorders. An Audiologist evaluates patients, provides communication training, and dispenses hearing aids and other devices in settings such as private practice, hospitals, nursing homes, or for physicians and corporations. Employment as an AUD requires completion of a four-year doctoral degree, including an internship, and passing national examination.
- Speech scientist - researches processes involved in normal and impaired speech production and perception.
- Hearing scientist - investigates mechanisms of normal and impaired hearing.
- Language scientist (linguist) - explores aspects of language structure, both spoken and signed.
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