The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is concerned with the creation of new knowledge in human communication sciences and disorders and the education of students in this area. The department conducts research, provides educational offerings for students, and administers teaching clinics for individuals with hearing impairments and communication disorders.
The Department offers an undergraduate degree (B.S.) in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. At the graduate level, we offer a masters of science (M.S.) degree, a Doctor of Audiology degree (Au.D.), and a researech doctorate (Ph.D.). The MS degree with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology prepares students for the clinical profession. A professional doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) prepares individuals for practice as an audiologist. Non-clinical master’s degrees (M.S.) are also offered in both of these areas as well. The curriculum that contributes to the preparation of speech-language pathologists and audiologists is consistent with the requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (the certifying body for clinicians) and the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (the accrediting body for academic programs).
A doctorate in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (Ph.D.) is offered to prepare individuals for academic and research careers. The majority of students at the graduate level are funded through through fellowships, or research and teaching assistantships. Individuals may be admitted to the Ph.D. program after completion of either a bachelor’s degree or one of the graduate clinical degrees.