Speech Pathology and Audiology


Bachelor of Science | College of Arts and Science

What is Speech Pathology and Audiology ?

Speech pathology and audiology is the study of communication disorders. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists evaluate, treat, prevent, and research communication disorders and work with individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat speech disorders such as stuttering and articulation problems. They also work with language problems that result from having a stroke or brain injury as well as delayed language and literacy. Additional expertise include swallowing and voice disorders. Audiologists assess and manage disorders of hearing and balance. They select and fit patients with hearing aids and hearing protective devices.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Extensive undergraduate coursework

The American Speech and Hearing Association and many states, including Ohio, require a master's degree for certification as a speech pathologist or audiologist. Therefore, Miami designed its speech pathology and audiology program to give students the coursework and practical experience that would increase their chances of being accepted into high-quality graduate schools.

Hands-on therapy

Miami's program provides extensive observation experience and hands-on clinical practice experience at the undergraduate level. For one semester, students provide therapy to patients with a variety of communication problems in the Miami University Speech and Hearing Clinic. Because of this hands-on experience at an early stage, Miami students are viewed favorably by the best graduate programs in the country.

Top-notch facilities

Facilities for use by speech pathology and audiology majors include sound-treated hearing suites; therapy rooms with video cameras and microphones for evaluation; a materials room for tests and play activities; a language nursery with observation facilities; and a clinical room for adults with a home environment for therapy and classes. A state-of-the-art Speech and Hearing Science Laboratory provides specialized testing and research opportunities, such as voice acoustics, aerodynamics, laryngeal videostroboscopy, and respiratory function.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Yes, students may apply for admission to the major after taking the four pre-major courses and if they have earned a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.0 and a 3.0 in the Speech Pathology and Audiology pre-major courses.

What courses would I take?

During your first year of study at Miami University, you will take introductory communication courses. You will also begin taking the College of Arts and Science requirements, which include a foreign language.

In your sophomore year, you'll enroll in an anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy, and language development. You will also continue to concentrate on Global Miami Plan courses. A GPA requirement of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the required 100 and 200 SPA courses (i.e., SPA 127, 222, 223, and 225) will be enforced for enrollment in all 300- and 400-level courses.

In your junior and senior years, you'll take advanced diagnostic speech and language courses,hearing and speech science, and audiology coursework while obtaining clinical experience at Miami.

Upon completion of your bachelor's degree, you are required to pursue graduate school to become a certified speech pathologist or audiologist. Miami's speech pathology graduate program accepts 25-30 students, including Miami graduates as well as candidates from other universities. Our faculty provides mentoring and advising for students during the graduate school application process.

What can I do with this major?

Certified speech pathologists and audiologists seek careers in many areas. Major employers are public schools, hospitals, private practices, specialized clinics, and university training programs.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Dr. Susan Baker Brehm, Chair
2 Bachelor Hall
Oxford, OH 45056