Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing Science

The Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing Science at Temple’s College of Public Health is a degree program for students interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work with a variety of individuals to assess and treat speech, language and/or hearing challenges. These may include developmental delays and disorders such as autism, apraxia of speech, dyslexia and stuttering. They may also include acquired disorders such as age-related hearing loss and aphasia (a language disorder that can affect someone’s ability to produce and understand language).

As a student in this degree program, you will learn

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

When you graduate, you will be prepared to pursue advanced study in speech-language pathology or audiology, satisfying Standard III-B (Basic Communication Processes) of the Knowledge and Skills Assessment required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

You will need a master’s degree in order to apply for certification as a speech-language pathologist; a doctorate is required to become an audiologist. Speech, Language and Hearing Science is also a potential major for students interested in careers in early childhood education, special education and teaching English as a foreign language.

What sets apart our BA in Speech, Language and Hearing Science?

  • Renowned faculty: Temple’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is recognized across the country for its top-tier education. Our faculty are experts in word retrieval and language comprehension disorders, among other areas of research.
  • Opportunities for research: You will have opportunities to participate in research and observe clinical services in the department’s Speech-Language-Hearing Center for the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders.
  • Optional certificates: Students can supplement their major with certificates in Linguistics and American Sign Language.

Minor Option

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

Program Format

Students in the program complete 122 credits, including 38 credits of communication sciences and disorders courses, six credits of psychology courses and four credits of biological science courses.

See a full list of program courses.

Public health students in a language lab with professor

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $19,536.00 per year
Out-of-state: $34,056.00 per year


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