The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders includes two professions - speech-language pathology and audiology - which have developed out of a concern for people with communication disorders.
As a career, these professions require a strong desire to work with and help people of varying backgrounds to obtain their highest potential despite a variety of challenging conditions.
Students should have personal integrity, tactfulness, versatility, self-confidence, independence, dependability, proficiency in oral/ written communication, good listening skills, an ability to make reasoned observations, and appropriate decision-making skills.
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) evaluate, diagnose, and treat communication disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Employment opportunities exist in public and private schools, health care facilities, research facilities, and private practice settings. A scientific, evidence-based approach is used to help those with:
Audiologists study communication disorders related to hearing loss and the non-medical management of the auditory and balance systems. Hearing loss exists for persons who may be unable to hear speech and other sounds loudly enough and/or understand speech even when it is loud enough. Determining the prevalence of hearing loss depends on the type and degree of loss, the area of abnormality in the auditory system (i.e. middle ear, inner ear, brain), noise exposure, and age. Employment opportunities exist in public and private schools, health care facilities, research facilities, and private practice settings. Some of the services provided by audiologists include: