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.
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.
Explore More Career Paths
- Explore Health Careers - career information on audiologists and speech language pathologists
- Kansas Healthcare Careers - find jobs, professional associations, licensing and continuing education information across the state of Kansas
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
Job and Internship Search Resources
- American Academy of Audiology - employment opportunities for those interested in a career in audiology
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - career information, job search resources, higher education information
- Audiology Online - job postings for audiology positions across the U.S.
- Kansas Speech Language Hearing Association - job postings in Kansas and licensure information
- Kids Camps - opportunities to work at camps for kids with communication disorders
- Kidsplay Therapy Center - job postings for speech pathologists working with children
- KU Department of Speech Language and Hearing Clinical Opportunities - various clinical opportunities for students
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders - job postings related to people living with communication disorders
- National Student Speech Language Hearing Association - resources for finding summer employment, speech-pathology and audiology Q&A, and other helpful links
- PediaStaff - search for speech, language, & hearing jobs by state
- Speech Ville Express - find Speech-Language-Hearing Associations by state
- Therapy Jobs.com - contains thousands of therapy-related job listings, including speech language pathology
Career Exploration Hub
- Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
- Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.