The IU Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs. Both programs are designed to provide students with a strong liberal arts education and a solid scientific foundation for graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology.
The department is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Graduates of the bachelors program may be eligible for entry-level positions as assistants to speech-language pathologists in some states. However, the masters degree is generally required for practice as a speech-language pathologist; the doctorate of audiology (AuD) is required to practice audiology. Additional licensure and certification is often required as well.
An undergraduate degree in speech and hearing sciences can lead to a range of other career choices in addition to speech-language pathology or audiology. Graduates may find positions in the field of social and human services, for example, behavior management technician, case manager, child-care worker, community outreach worker, gerontology aide, group home staff, mental health technician, occupational therapist technician, psychiatric aide, residential counselor, social service assistant, and youth worker. Other positions in the field of business include account representative, business consultant, general manager, marketing researcher, project manager, recruiter, and sales representative.
Further information on the programs offered in speech and hearing, including course information, can be found in the College Bulletin.