Admission to the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) degree program prepares students for graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology. Students who complete the program will earn a Bachelor of Health Science in SLHS, having gained a broad understanding of the scientific bases of speech, language, and hearing; the different types of communication disorders; and the various kinds of diagnostic and therapeutic methods utilized by speech-language pathologists and audiologists. A master’s degree is required for professional practice in speech-language pathology, and a professional doctorate is required for professional practice in audiology.
The BHS in SLHS can be approached as a liberal arts and science degree for students whose goals do not include clinical practice, or as a pre-professional degree for students who wish to pursue a clinical masters or doctoral degree. Students may take limited SLHS coursework during their freshman and sophomore years but do not officially enter the BHS in SLHS program until their junior year, following application in the Spring of their sophomore year. SLHS majors must complete a minimum of 42 hours of coursework in SLHS.