Speech and Hearing Sciences Advising Guide

Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology

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What is Speech and Hearing Sciences?

The undergraduate program in Speech and Hearing Sciences readies the graduate for a variety of career and educational options based on the knowledge gained from this degree and individual interests and skills.

Speech pathologists evaluate, treat, and prevent disorders in speech, language, fluency, voice, and swallowing; audiologists identify, evaluate, and manage hearing, balance, and auditory processing disorders. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences that prepares students for entry into any of the three graduate degrees offered through the department.

 

Career Opportunities in Speech and Hearing Sciences 

The Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences program readies the graduate to undertake professional study on the graduate level. Most states will require students to further their education via programs such as Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology or Doctor of Audiology to practice as such.

The Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences program readies the graduate to undertake professional study on the graduate level. Most states will require students to further their education via programs such as Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology or Doctor of Audiology to practice as such. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences can operate in the following capacities (note that some occupations will require additional certifications):

  • Activity Coordinator in a nursing home
  • Rehabilitation Aide
  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • Fundraising/Volunteer Coordinator for Nonprofit Organizations
    •  Special Olympics, Autism Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Multiple Sclerosis Society, etc.
  • Developing, marketing, and selling therapy materials in the corporate environment
    • Super Duper Publications, Linguisystems, hearing aid manufacturers, Tobii DynaVox, Pearson Assessments, etc.
  • Occupational Hearing Conservationist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant or Audiology Assistant
  • Medical sales and publications
  • Research Assistant in the university setting
  • Hospital Unit Coordinator/Healthcare Administration

 

Salary Trends in Speech and Hearing Sciences

Students who do not wish to pursue a professional degree upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences may work in a variety of different fields that do not require a specific degree. Please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook through the Bureau for Labor Statistics for salary trends for the specific area that you may be interested in.

The median salary for Speech-Language Pathologists (must obtain a master’s degree) in 2017 was $76,610 per the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Projected job growth through 2026 is 18% which is much faster than average. The median salary for audiologists (must obtain a doctorate) in 2017 was $75,920. Projected job growth through 2026 is 21% which is much higher than average.

 

High School Preparation

High school students interested in Speech and Hearing Sciences should take courses in the social sciences field. Students should also take advantage of opportunities to shadow or observe speech pathologists and/or audiologists. 

 

How to Major in Speech and Hearing Sciences

Though there is no application process to become a Speech and Hearing Sciences major, students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 before being allowed to take many of the upper–level courses. Students must complete the upper-level courses with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress to the next set of courses. Most of the major courses are only offered once per academic year, so it is important for students to practice good study strategies and effective time management in order to stay on track for timely graduation. There are also opportunities for departmental honors that interested students should discuss with their advisors sooner than later. 

 

Academic Plan

Following an academic plan will help you stay on track to graduate in four years. 

To see a sample academic plan for this major, please click here.  Degree plans provide only a suggested schedule; make sure to meet with your academic advisor to find the actual schedule that is right for you.

For additional degree information, visit the undergraduate bulletin.

 

For More Information

For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences, please contact your Speech and Hearing Sciences Advisor (Mr. Delon Blackman or Ms. Jayla McAdory for students with less than 30 credit hours; College of Allied Health for students with more than 30 credit hours).

You can find us on campus at:

Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology
HAHN 1119
5721 USA Drive North
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Phone: (251) 445-9596
Fax: (251) 445-9376

Website: https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/alliedhealth/speechandhearing/shs_program.html

*The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other majors, please refer to the USA bulletin or contact the department/College directly.