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Speech Pathology and Audiology

A pre-professional program that prepares students for graduate studies in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.

Working with Individuals with Communication Problems

Certified Speech-language pathologists assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, fluency and swallowing problems.

Certified Audiologists assess and treat persons with hearing and balance problems, fit hearing aids, program cochlear implants and provide auditory rehabilitation.


Undergraduates obtain an overview of speech production and perception, articulation, fluency, hearing, language and voice. Courses provide foundations for understanding normal and abnormal communication processes over the lifespan as well as methods of prevention and treatment.

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Arts (BA) available with this degree.

More about this Major


Students who complete graduate studies in these fields may work in medical, clinical, school, military, government or private practice settings.

Students who complete graduate studies in these fields typically find employment right out of school.

Courses You Might Take

SHS 201: Phonetics and SHS 411: Speech and Sound Disorders

Provide a knowledge of speech sound acquisition and treatment.

SHS 301: Language and Speech Development and SHS 431: Language Disorders I: Assessment of Children with Language Disorders

Address normal language acquisition and methods for assessing and treating language disorders.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Mary Schaub

Assistant Professor

Favorite Course: SHS 201: Introduction to Phonetics

Steve Cloud


Favorite Course: SHS 303: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

C. G. Marx

Associate Professor

Favorite Course: SHS 430: Speech Pathology and the Hearing-Impaired Child

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