Undergraduate Programs in

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

 

 

Learn the science of human communication and its disorders, and build a rewarding career helping children, adults, or the elderly.  

 

Curriculum

In the Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program, you will develop the fundamental skills to help people who suffer from communication disorders, and prepare for advanced study to become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist who is licensed to work in settings such as schools, hospitals, rehab centers, and private practice.

 

 

BA or BA/MA?

Pursue either an undergraduate degree or a cost-effective dual-degree program that allows you to 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.

Courses include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanisms
  • Experimental Psycholinguistics
  • Disorders of Language in Childhood
  • Multicultural Aspects of Communication and Communication Disorders

 

Learn from Experts

Engage in lively, challenging discussions and learn from faculty mentors whose scholarly interests include childhood language assessment tools, precursors to developmental dyslexia, community literacy, bilingualism, stuttering, geriatric audiology, and motor speech and cognition in Parkinson’s disease.  

 

The Student Experience

Gain real-world experience and career direction, and connect with other students through: 

  • The on-campus Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, where you observe therapy and participate in volunteer program. 
  • A field experience opportunity, which allows you to observe and assist a speech-language pathologist or audiologist with clinical services. 
  • Participation in service-learning projects such as a recent initiative to raise awareness of hearing disorders in a local community. 
  • The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and Sigma Pi, the national speech honor society, where you can build networking connections.

 

The Outlook

Most students work toward graduate study to become licensed speech pathologists or audiologists who can treat communication disorders. Some may choose advanced study in fields such as counseling, special education, teacher education, or physical therapy. Students with a bachelor's degree can pursue positions in schools, hospitals/clinics, corporations, and nonprofit organizations such as speech therapy assistant, rehabilitation aide, patient advocate, or marketer for therapeutic devices such as hearing aids. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and a recent alumni survey: 

 

25,900

new jobs projected by 2026

100%

BA alums with either a job, in grad school, or both 

$76,610

median salary for speech pathologists

Alumni Success

Recent alumni work at Northwell Health, Montefiore Medical Center, Brookville Center for Children Services, Developmental Disabilities Inc., Long Island Eye Surgical Care PC, Massapequa Neurologic, and the Seaford School District.

Those pursuing graduate degrees study at Columbia University, New York Medical College, New York University, and Hofstra University, among others.

 

Meet Rebecca Ragusa

While in the dual-degree program (BA, '16; MA, '17), Rebecca joined the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, served as a tutor, and twice presented research at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's national conference. She is now a speech-language pathologist at a middle school in New York City. 

Questions about our program?

Contact Us

Jenny Roberts, PhD
Department Chair and Professor

jennifer.a.roberts@hofstra.edu
516-463-5508
Room 106 Davison Hall