Department of Speech and Hearing Science


The Department of Speech and Hearing Science offers an undergraduate degree focused on speech, language and hearing science, an undergraduate speech-language pathology assistant certificate, a master's degree programs in communication disorders (speech-language pathology), a clinical doctoral in audiology, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree. The Department also administers the American Sign Language (ASL) program. The Masters of Communication Disorders education program in Speech-Language Pathology and the Doctor of Audiology education program in Audiology are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).




Undergraduate Programs

American Sign Language

American Sign Language

The American Sign Language (ASL) program is housed in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. ASL program offers a four-semester sequence of ASL designed to meet the undergraduate foreign language requirement of the university. All courses use an immersion method which prohibits the use of spoken language. Periodically, additional courses are offered to augment this program. These additional courses are offered on a semester to semester basis. 

Communication Sciences and Disorders (Certificate)

The postbaccalaureate certificate in communication sciences and disorders is designed for students who have already received a bachelor's degree in another discipline but wish to pursue a master's degree in speech-language pathology or communication disorders. This coursework will provide students with the prerequisite background and knowledge necessary to perform at the master's degree level in the field. Completion of the postbaccalaureate certificate will allow students to meet the American Speech Language and Hearing Association requirements to enter master's degree programs in speech-language pathology or communication disorders.

Speech and Hearing Science (BS)

Speech and Hearing Science, BS

Students in the BS program in speech and hearing science study the normal aspects of the communication process. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism; on speech, language and hearing science; and on the human communication system, including normal development of speech and language.

Graduates attain broad-based knowledge in the basic aspects of speech, language and hearing sciences, which prepares them for graduate study in audiology or speech-language pathology, or potential employment opportunities in related health and behavioral fields.

Speech and Hearing Science (Minor)

Speech and Hearing Science

The Department of Speech and Hearing Science offers an undergraduate minor in speech and hearing science. This is an academic program with emphasis on normal aspects of speech, language and hearing. The focus is on how motor, cognitive and sensory systems interact with, and influence, hearing, speech and language in children and adults.

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (Certificate)

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, Certificate

The speech-language pathology assistant certificate program prepares students to work with individuals with communication disorders, under the direction of a licensed speech-language pathologist. Students majoring in speech and hearing science or persons already holding a bachelor's degree in speech and hearing science receive additional coursework and clinical training to be eligible for the speech-language pathology assistant licensure. Speech-language pathology assistants work under the direction and supervision of speech-language pathologists in schools, clinics and rehabilitation agencies that provide speech and language services.



Graduate Programs

Audiology, AuD

Audiology, AuD

The AuD program is a full-time, three-year residential program with a flexible clinical externship during the fourth year. The program prepares audiologists for autonomous clinical practice and stresses the integration of academic classroom learning and practical experience across a broad spectrum of clinical specialties and practice environments. The program is designed for full-time instruction over a period of 33 months, including three fall and three spring semesters and two summers.

Communication Disorders, MS

Communication Disorders, MS

The MS in communication disorders is a full time residential program that can be completed in 20 months. This program prepares students to become certified speech-language pathologists. The master's degree program trains students to evaluate and treat clients in nine disorder classification areas. The first year of the program focuses on developing knowledge and skills across the lifespan. The second year of the program allows students to focus their interests in specialty areas and acquire clinical skills in external clinical placements.

Speech & Hearing Science (Translational Genetics of Communication Abilities), PhD

Speech & Hearing (Translational Genetics of Communication Abilities) PhD

The translational genetics of communication abilities concentration will provide speech and hearing science doctoral students with training in an innovative approach to the clinical sciences, pioneered here at ASU, where the concepts of precision medicine are applied to all disciplines within communication disorders. Training in molecular genetics and bioinformatics will equip students to investigate the interactions of genetic, brain-based and behavioral traits.

Speech and Hearing Science (Auditory and Language Neuroscience), PhD

Speech and Hearing Science (Auditory and Language Neuroscience), PhD

The auditory and language neuroscience concentration within the PhD program in speech and hearing science trains scholars in basic and applied research in the fields of auditory and language neuroscience. Students will develop a strong foundation to conduct impactful neuroscience research related to healthy auditory and language abilities as well as the neural bases of communication disorders.

Speech and Hearing Science, PhD

The interdisciplinary PhD program in speech and hearing science prepares scholars for careers in basic and applied research in academic, industrial or health care environments. Students pursue a program with the unifying theme of human communication and disorders. Courses are taken from a variety of departments tailored to students' specific interests.