The speech, language, and hearing sciences major focuses on the science of human communication and the disorders that affect our ability to communicate effectively. In speech, language, and hearing sciences, you will learn about the mechanisms that allow us to hear sounds, understand language, speak efficiently and swallow safely. You will gain foundational knowledge in the evaluation, treatment and research of human communication disorders, which will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities in healthcare. The coursework also fulfills the requirements needed to enter graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology.
In the major, you can also gain hands-on experience in the department’s audiology clinics; speech, language and swallowing clinics; and state-of-the-art research laboratories in Lyles-Porter Hall. The major also provides you with the opportunity to pursue specialized research interests within the field of communication sciences and disorders.
Through the speech, language, and hearing sciences major, you can prepare to take your next step in a wide range of careers, from allied health to research to industry. Below are just a few of the careers available to you upon graduation:
- Audiology assistant
- Child care and gerontology
- Disability resource specialist
- Health writer
- Hospital unit coordinator
- Hospice care provider
- Human resources specialist
- Lab manager
- Rehabilitation aide
- Scientific/technical communication professional
- Speech therapy
- Telehealth consultant
Potential Areas of Advanced Study
- Healthcare administration
- Higher education administration
- Public health
- Social work
- Speech-language pathology
- Study abroad with SLHS faculty.
- Join a Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences student organization.
- Observe and volunteer in on-site clinics.
- Join a research lab.
Program Quick Facts
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
“I chose Purdue because of its wonderful speech, language, and hearing sciences program! I really felt as though I could be successful in my academic career if I attended Purdue and would truly grow in my education. Not only was I impressed by their SLHS program, I felt at home when I visited and saw an active Muslim Student Association on campus.”— Lamyaa
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Major: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Why Purdue: I chose Purdue because of its wonderful Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences program! I really felt as though I could be successful in my academic career if I attended Purdue and would truly grow in my education. Not only was I impressed by their SLHS program, I felt at home when I visited and saw an active Muslim Student Association on campus.
Favorite Place at Purdue: My favorite place at Purdue has to be the underground café and the library, Hicks. The combo of having my coffee from the café and staying up to study is my favorite thing to do.
Advice for an Incoming Freshman: Enjoy being in your first year of college! The transition may be hard at first, but once you adapt and find your friend group, you’ll never want to leave campus.