Bachelor of Arts
The School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences offers a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
Speech-language pathology and audiology are professions which identify, help, and study persons with communication, balance, and swallowing disorders. Those entering these professions should possess a strong motivation to help individuals with genetically, physically, or psychologically caused communication problems. Preparation involves acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to assume responsibility for assessment, education and rehabilitation of persons with speech, language, and hearing disorders. The School is committed to preparing speech-language- hearing professionals to meet the challenges of a racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse society.
The bachelor’s degree serves as the basis for graduate and professional study in communicative disorders. There are limited opportunities for holders of the bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree, national certification and state licensure or school credential are needed for professional practice in speech-language pathology. For practice in audiology, a professional doctorate (AuD) is expected.
The undergraduate curriculum is broad, involving coursework on normal and disordered speech, language, and hearing, as well as clinical procedures. All communicative disorders majors cover a set of general studies in early course work (19 units) before specialization (36 upper division units). Students interested in the communicative disorders program are advised to take college level courses in anatomy, biology, psychology, English, physiology, linguistics, physics, and mathematics. Studies leading to private practice, hospital work, industrial work, work in school settings, or preparation for the master’s degree are similar in many ways; it is the area of specialization that serves to differentiate courses of study.
Positions in speech, language, and hearing sciences are available in many public and private settings working with persons with speech, language, and hearing, deaf-blind disorders. Graduates with certification or licensure work in rehabilitation centers, schools, hospitals, research, and university teaching and research centers. Career opportunities are particularly good for minority, bilingual or bicultural persons.