Why study speech, language, and hearing?

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

Undergraduates in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders study the basic processes of human communication. Programs are designed for the student who seeks a career in speech, language, or hearing or is interested in normal communication development and communication disorders.

Beginning with the undergraduate experience, you'll find stimulating course work, clinical observation, and a variety of hands-on laboratory projects. To practice as a speech-language pathologist, you will need to earn a master’s degree. Plan to pursue doctoral studies if you want to practice audiology or do research in speech, language, and hearing processes and disorders.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Both the B.A. and the B.G.S. aspirant should fulfill the College general education requirements. Students also should complete SPLH 120, SPLH 261, SPLH 463 SPLH 465, SPLH 466, and elective courses in human physiology, psychology, and linguistics during their first 2 years. College Academic Advisors and Faculty members can help students select appropriate course work.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Speech-Language-Hearing Prerequisite or Co-Requisite Requirements (0)
Majors must complete this requirement, however, these hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.
Mathematics. Satisfied by one of the following:
College Algebra
Precalculus Mathematics
Or upper-level placement
Statistics. An introductory statistics course (PSYC 210, MATH 365) is recommended.
Speech-Language-Hearing Introductory Knowledge (7)
Majors must complete a course in the following areas (recommended within first and second year):
The Physics of Speech. Satisfied by:
SPLH 120The Physics of Speech4
Survey Communication Disorders. Satisfied by:
SPLH 261Survey of Communication Disorders3
Speech-Language-Hearing Core Knowledge and Skills (28)
Principles of Speech Science. Satisfied by:
SPLH 462Principles of Speech Science3
Principles of Hearing Science. Satisfied by:
SPLH 463Principles of Hearing Science3
Fundamentals of Clinical Phonetics. Satisfied by:
SPLH 465Fundamentals of Clinical Phonetics1
Language Science. Satisfied by:
SPLH 466Language Science3
Language Sample Analysis Laboratory. Satisfied by:
SPLH 565Language Sample Analysis Lab1
Language Development. Satisfied by:
SPLH 566Language Development3
Introduction to Audiological Assessment & Rehabilitation. Satisfied by:
SPLH 568Introduction to Audiological Assessment and Rehabilitation4
Introduction to Speech- Language Pathology. Satisfied by:
SPLH 571Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology4
The Communicating Brain: The Ultimate Personal Computer. Satisfied by:
SPLH 620The Communicating Brain: The Ultimate Personal Computer3
Research Methods in Speech-Language-Hearing. Satisfied by:
SPLH 660Research Methods in Speech-Language-Hearing3
Total Hours35
Further Speech-Language-Hearing Study (20-42)
SPLH 450Study Abroad Topics in: _____1-5
SPLH 451Directed Study Abroad in Speech-Language-Hearing1-3
SPLH 452Examining Global Perspectives in Speech-Language-Hearing: ______ 3
SPLH 497Mentored Research Experience2-8
SPLH 498Departmental Honors Research2-8
SPLH 499Directed Study in Speech-Language-Hearing1-3
SPLH 516Speech Perception2
SPLH 588Multicultural Considerations in Speech-Language-Hearing I2
SPLH 589Multicultural Considerations in Speech-Language-Hearing II2
After completing the requirements, students with grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher may enroll in any one of the following:
SPLH 670Beginning Clinical Practice in Audiology1-3
SPLH 672Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology3

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 35 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 28 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

A sample 4-year plan for the BA degree in Speech-Language-Hearing can be found here: Speech-Language-Hearing, or by using the left-side navigation.

A sample 4-year plan for the BGS degree in Speech-Language-Hearing can be found here: Speech-Language-Hearing, or by using the left-side navigation.

Departmental Honors

The honors program offers exceptional undergraduates the opportunity to work closely with individual faculty members on scholarly projects over an extended period of time. Students are admitted to the program and matched with faculty through an application process that occurs each semester during course enrollment. Contact the Honors Coordinator for details. The following are required:

  1. A grade-point average at graduation of at least 3.25 overall and of 3.5 in the major.
  2. Completion of 6 to 8 credit hours in SPLH 498 Departmental Honors Research. Students work under the direction of a faculty member. Students may change areas of interest or faculty supervisors at the beginning of a semester with the consent of the honors coordinator. In the final semester of SPLH 498 enrollment, students also must complete a written report or public oral presentation detailing the purpose, methods, results, and impact of the research. Academic credit but no honors designation is given to students who meet the requirements for any semester but do not complete all requirements for departmental honors.