Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders

Why study speech, language, and hearing?

Because communication is central to human behavior, and the treatment of communication disorders requires specialized knowledge and skills.

Career Opportunities

An undergraduate degree in SPLH contributes to preparation for careers in a range of fields related to communication disorders including neuroscience, medicine and related health professions, education, and assistive technology. In addition, an undergraduate degree in speech-language hearing is an entry point for graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology. Most states have laws mandating that speech-language pathologists and audiologists be licensed to practice their profession. The minimum requirement for licensure in most states is a master’s degree for speech-language pathology and the Au.D. for audiology. Speech-language pathologist and audiologists are in high demand with job growth expected to continue into the future. Individuals with bachelor degrees may work as an assistant to licensed professionals in settings such as schools and clinics, or may pursue employment in related fields.