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

Places to Seek Employment

  • Adult Day Care Centers
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Centers for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
  • Community Health Clinics
  • Corporate Speech-Language Pathology
  • Hospitals
  • Private and Group Practice
  • Uniformed Services
  • Public Health Departments
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Research Agencies
  • Special Schools
  • Public and Private Schools

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.