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Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Undergraduate Program

Mission, Values, & Vision:

Our departmental mission is to continue the tradition of providing a diverse urban population with a comprehensive degree program that converges knowledge of communication and its disorders with everyday applications. 

Our program is centered around three core values:

  • Provide an affordable and accessible gateway to employment or post-graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, or other allied-health professions.
  • Blend foundational coursework with applied learning experiences.
  • Recognize and value the expansive influence of communication and its disorders/differences across the lifespan on individual and collective experiences.

Our vision is to educate graduates to value and advocate for communication access across all abilities and identities.


Degree Overview

A Major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) provides a sound background for students pursuing careers in education, health care, and vocational rehabilitation. Graduates with the SLHS Major will have the prerequisite coursework to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology, which opens careers in schools, community clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice.

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide services for people who have speech, language, and hearing disorders. Among those served are individuals who have difficulty with:The Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Team (from left to right): Dr. Siva priya Santhanam, Dr. Jessica Rossi-Katz, Dr. Paula McGuire, Dr. Marcia Walsh-Aziz and Shannon Harris.

  • expressing themselves
  • understanding others
  • saying speech sounds
  • stuttering
  • reading
  • writing
  • hearing
  • balance
  • swallowing



See the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA) website for more information about careers in speech-language pathology and audiology. 


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