Speech and Hearing Science

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Obtain a world-class education and acquire skills for work in high-demand fields.

For people with speech and hearing disorders, effective communication can be challenging and frustrating. Students in Speech and Hearing Science are prepared to make a difference in the lives of people with communication impairments, either through direct services as speech-language pathology or audiology clinicians or as research scientists who develop new knowledge about communication processes and new ways to prevent and treat disorders.

Our program offers four areas of concentration:

  • >     Speech-Language Pathology
  • >     Audiology
  • >     Neuroscience of Communication
  • >     Cultural-Linguistic Diversity

Graduates of the Department of Speech and Hearing Science can be found in:

  • School districts throughout the country and abroad
  • Hospitals, serving a broad range of patients from neonates to older adults
  • Private practice, treating a variety of hearing and speech disorders
  • Research laboratories around the country
  • Faculty positions at renowned universities

Undergraduate students obtain a world-class education and acquire skills that prepare them well for graduate work in such high-demand fields as Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, teaching, neuroscience, and medicine. The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook says demand for speech-language pathologists will grow faster than average, and much faster than average for audiologists.

For more information about the Speech and Hearing Science undergraduate program, contact advisor Kathi Ritten at 217-333-2230 or at: ritten@illinois.edu.