Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing Science

The Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing Science is the first step on the path to becoming a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work with a variety of individuals to assess and help those with speech, language and/or hearing challenges, which may include aphasia (impaired communication because of damage to the brain), apraxia (a brain impairment that affects pronunciation), deafness or hearing impairment and stuttering.

Majors gain foundational knowledge in

  • the methods for identifying, preventing, assessing and treating disorders;
  • the range of communication disorders;
  • the science of hearing and speaking; and
  • the structure and ongoing evolution of language.

You will also develop the rigorous research methods needed to succeed in graduate study.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to pursue advanced study in speech-language pathology or audiology. A master’s degree is required to earn and license and certification in speech-language pathology. A doctorate is required to become an audiologist. Speech, Language and Hearing Science is also a great major for students interested in special education, early childhood education and teaching of English as a second language.

Public health students in a language lab with professor


The College of Public Health offers a Communication Sciences and​ Disorders minor, which is available to students outside of the Speech, Language and Hearing Science major.

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