SLHS Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences emphasizes the study of human communication sciences and disorders. Programs exist in speech and language pathology, audiology, speech and hearing science, and linguistics. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty in specialty areas such as clinical speech-language pathology, diagnostic and rehabilitation audiology, communication, speech and hearing physiology, experimental phonetics, psychoacoustics, bioacoustics, administrative aspects of clinical and research programs, etc. As clinicians and behavioral scientists, students study the receptive and productive aspects of normal and pathological communication. The mission of the department fits well with the missions of both the university and the College of Health & Human Sciences. The department provides an undergraduate and graduate curriculum of instruction in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. The department reflects a state, national, and international character in its student enrollment, in its reputation, and in the placement of its graduates. As stated, Purdue is a major research university, and research plays a major role in the department. Clearly, the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences has a primary concern with the study of human communication, both normal and disordered.