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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA and BGS, as well as a AuD, a MA, a PhD, and a SPLD in Speech, Language, & Hearing. 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.

Speech, Language, & Hearing Department website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Develop an understanding of the basic components of human communication including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, social, and cultural biases 
  • Understand the nature of communication disorders and communication differences 
  • Understand how to use instrumentation and technology in the field of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences 
  • Demonstrate professional practices in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders and psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates 
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of principles of assessment and intervention over the range of communication disorders specified in the current scope of professional practice for audiology and speech-language pathology

Popular Career Paths

Audiology: Involves treating people who have hearing or other related disorders.

Speech-Language Pathology: Includes treating and assessing people who have speech, voice, fluency, and language disorders.

Research: Involves studying and researching communication and other related disorders.

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Jobs to Consider


Children's Hearing Specialist

Clinical Supervisor


Industrial Audiologist

Private Practitioner



Speech Therapist

Speech-Language Educator

Speech-Language Pathologist


Places to Seek Employment

Adult Day Care Centers

Colleges and Universities

Centers for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Community Health Clinics

Corporate Speech-Language Pathology


Private and Group Practice

Uniformed Services

Public Health Departments


Rehabilitation Centers

Research Agencies

Special Schools

Public and Private Schools


Employment Strategies

  1. Identify the social concerns and populations that interest you most and pursue courses and experiences that allow you to explore these interests further
  2. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications) for occupations you are considering
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for HireJayhawks.com and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in speech, language and hearing, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field
  6. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals
  7. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school
  8. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest such as: Speech-Language & Hearing & Child Language Program or KU Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Job and Internship Search Resources

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