Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) is a top-ranked program that offers an undergraduate major focused on the science of human communication and disorders affecting our ability to communicate effectively. In SLHS you will learn about the mechanisms underlying our ability to hear sounds, understand language, speak efficiently, and swallow safely. You will gain foundational knowledge in the evaluation, treatment, and research driving the field of human communication and its disorders. Graduates use this knowledge to solve problems and impact communities across the state and country.

SLHS is housed in Lyles-Porter Hall and offers audiology clinics, speech, language, and swallowing clinics, and state-of-the-art research laboratories. The SLHS major provides students with the foundational tools for a variety of career opportunities in healthcare. Our courses fulfill the requirements needed to enter graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology. The major also provides students the opportunity to pursue specialized research interests within the field of communication sciences and disorders. 

Career Options

  • Healthcare
  • Childcare and Gerontology
  • Human Resources
  • Rehabilitation and Human Services
  • Scientific/Technical Communication
  • Advanced degrees (e.g. Audiology, Healthcare Administration, Higher Education Administration, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, and Speech-Language Pathology)

Learn more about career options with a degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Information about SLP-Assistants Program

Experiential Learning


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Degree Requirements & Academic Advising Worksheet

How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, please visit the Change to an HHS Major page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Lyles-Porter Hall, 715 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2122, PH: (765) 494-3789

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