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Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences class

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Hofstra University. As you will discover, the programs in our department enjoy a national reputation for excellence. Let me tell you a few of the reasons why.

Our undergraduate curriculum provides students with a thorough overview of human communication and its disorders within the context of a broad liberal arts education. Students receive cutting-edge information about the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. The curriculum includes the opportunity to observe therapy, as well as participate in our volunteer program in our Speech and Hearing Clinic. Students also gain experience with current technology and its clinical application. There are several active student organizations including a chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and a chapter of the national speech honor society, Sigma Pi.

Our dual degree program launched in the fall 2013 semester and it combines our undergraduate BA in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences with our MA in Speech-Language Pathology. Our incoming and current speech majors are eligible to apply, provided they meet the necessary criteria. The dual-degree program offers numerous benefits to our students, including tuition savings, and faster completion of both degrees.

Our graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The curriculum covers the full range of normal and disordered human communication in children and adults. Coursework is supplemented by clinical experiences both on and off campus. Our newly established professional doctorate in Audiology is designed to meet the requirements for certification by ASHA. Graduate students in speech-language pathology and audiology complete their clinical training in a variety of settings that include medical centers, public schools, special education facilities and clinics.

Our outstanding faculty is well known for their expertise in various areas within the field. Many have written textbooks, which are widely used throughout the country. Others have published in important journals, and continue to demonstrate their leadership in professional development. Above all, the faculty is committed to excellence in teaching, as well as getting to know you on an individual basis.

Our department offices and classrooms are housed in Davison Hall. Here we also have the Speech and Hearing Science Laboratory, the Psycholinguistics Laboratory, the Child Language Development Lab and the Language and Literacy Lab. These labs are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. Guided laboratory instruction will be an important part of your curriculum. The Saltzman Community Services Center is a multidisciplinary setting which includes the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, a preschool and day care center, as well as other clinics in psychology, counseling, and reading. This modern facility is staffed by licensed and certified speech pathologists and audiologists who are responsible for the evaluation and treatment of clients with various communication disorders, such as stroke, stuttering, voice problems, and language delay.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any other member of the department for further information.

Jenny Roberts, PhD
Chair, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences