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Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Overview

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences enter a rewarding field that focuses on a variety of career paths. Most students will work toward graduate study to become licensed speech pathologists or audiologists who can treat an array of communication disorders in children, adults, or the elderly. Some may pursue a graduate degree in related fields such as counseling, special education, teacher education, or physical therapy. Students with a bachelor's degree have exciting career opportunities in schools, hospitals/clinics, corporations, and nonprofit organizations where they can find positions such as speech therapy assistant, rehabilitation aide, patient advocate, marketer for therapeutic devices such as hearing aids, or fundraiser for a charity.

At Hofstra, small class sizes taught by an accomplished faculty who are noted experts in their fields offer an intimate learning environment that focuses on your goals. Along with your coursework, you gain real-world experience and career direction at the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, located on campus, where you can observe therapy and participate in a volunteer program. Students can then choose to take advantage of Hofstra's accredited graduate programs in speech pathology, audiology, or other fields.

For Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences majors who go on to pursue advanced study in speech pathology, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 25,900 jobs will open up by 2026. The median pay is $76,610.

Curriculum

With a wide-ranging curriculum that is based in the liberal arts and includes research and evidence-based clinical practice, Hofstra prepares students to become imaginative, collaborative, and effectual contributors in the field of human communication and communication disorders. You will develop strong skills in critical thinking, professional and technical writing, and problem solving as you examine and analyze current research and participate in clinical study case reviews.

A cost-effective dual-degree program also lets you finish both a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology in less time, so you can put your skills into practice more quickly.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BA in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Requirements

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Most of Hofstra’s Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences majors seek to further their studies at top  graduate schools, while others attain positions with prestigious employers. Recent alumni work at Northwell Health, New York City Department of Education, The May Institute, and the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County.  Those pursuing graduate degrees study at Columbia University’s Teachers College, New York University, and Hofstra University, among others.

100% job, grad school, or both
100% accept a position within six months
$46K median salary
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What You'll Learn

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As a Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences major, you will develop the fundamental skills to be able to help people who suffer from a variety of communication disorders. You will:

  • Learn how to obtain and analyze language samples.
  • Study the anatomy and physiology of speech mechanisms.
  • Examine patterns of normal language acquisition in children at different developmental levels.
  • Explore techniques and technologies used in audiologic rehabilitation, including hearing aids, cochlear implant, assistive listening devices, speechreading, auditory training, counseling, hearing conservation, and deaf education.
  • Work hands-on with current technology and instrumentation in six laboratories dedicated to areas such as child research, neurocognition, stuttering research, tinnitus, speech and hearing, and language cognition.

Most students in this major strive to become speech-language pathologists or audiologists who are licensed to work in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, rehab centers, and private practice. Therefore, a primary goal of the bachelor’s degree program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences is to prepare students for a master’s program in speech-language pathology or a doctoral program in audiology. With advanced study, you can work with clients across all age ranges that are dyslexic, hard of hearing, have suffered brain injuries, and more.

Experience

Speaking of Toddlers group

Students must accrue 25 hours of observation time, which are built into the program’s course requirements. You can observe therapy and clinical services at the on-campus Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, which is supervised by certified, licensed professionals. The clinic offers diagnostic and treatment services to children and adults for a variety of communication disorders and includes specialty programs such as language therapy groups for toddlers with language delays, as well as individualized and group therapy for people with aphasia. Community-based programs including language literacy and articulation intervention for children in a nearby elementary school and neurorehabilitation services for adults with dementias meet the dual mission of community service and student training. Observation opportunities are also available through online clinical simulations of a variety of speech and language diagnoses across the age span.

You can also apply for a field experience opportunity, where you will observe and assist a speech-language pathologist or audiologist with clinical services. They will mentor you in conjunction with the course instructor in off-campus healthcare or educational settings.

Membership in active student organizations such as the campus chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and Sigma Pi, the national speech honor society, connects you with valuable networking and internship opportunities that can help build your career.

Meet Stefanie Kitsos

A junior in the dual-degree BA/MA program, Stefanie Kitsos overcame embarrassment about her own hearing loss to become a passionate advocate for others with similar conditions. Learn how the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program at Hofstra is helping her pursue her career goals.

Meet More of Our Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Students