The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech and Hearing Science primarily prepares students for continued study in a graduate program or professional school. A master's degree in speech-language pathology or a clinical doctorate in audiology is required for professional certification and licensure in these professions. Thus, the undergraduate program at Iowa is designed to build strong foundational knowledge of normal processes of speech, hearing, and language; this groundwork not only prepares students for success in graduate programs, but for their entire professional careers as clinicians or researchers.

According to exit surveys of our graduates earning a bachelor's degree in speech and hearing science, about 90 percent enroll in graduate programs in communication sciences and disorders, either at the University of Iowa or in other programs. Others have sought additional training in professions such as law, medicine, or developmental psychology.

Other helpful information is in a brochure, Begin your career path in Speech and Hearing Science and on the New Student Services website.

Currently, there are approximately 300 students enrolled as speech and hearing science majors at Iowa. One undergraduate major recently remarked,

“It is my dream to work with many different types of people in efforts to help not only them, but also their families. It is one of the most amazing and rewarding feelings to know you are getting an education that will help other people and potentially change their lives.”

Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science

The Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science emphasizes the normal processes of speech, hearing, and language. Coursework for the major prepares students to enroll in either a master's degree program in speech-language pathology or a clinical doctorate program in audiology (Au.D.). The undergraduate degree does not qualify an individual to work professionally in the field.

Learning Outcomes

Graduating B.A. students in Speech and Hearing Science will have:

  • a strong foundational understanding of the physical processes and biological substrates underlying normal audition, normal perception, and production of speech and language;
  • a strong foundational understanding of the normal development of speech, language, and hearing;
  • finished all prerequisite coursework needed to begin a graduate program in either speech-language pathology or audiology; and
  • preparation to begin more advanced graduate coursework focusing on disorders, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Learn more about the program, including courses, curriculum, and requirements here.

Minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The undergraduate minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides introductory coursework in the field of human communication that prepares students for further studies in healthcare professions or related scientific disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

Students minoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders will:

  • understand basic aspects of normal speech, language, hearing, and communication; and
  • demonstrate competency gained through further study of normal and disordered speech,  language, and hearing.

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Learn more about the program, including courses, curriculum, and requirements here.