Undergraduate Programs

Welcome to the Undergraduate Section of our website!

The undergraduate curriculum provides a broad foundation in the diversity of human communication for students who are interested in communication, education, health, and medicine. As part of the undergraduate curriculum, students not only take courses with faculty in SHS, but also take a variety of general education classes in areas such as: Communication Skills, Natural Sciences and Technology, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Quantitative Reasoning, Cultural Studies, and Foreign Language. Students in Speech and Hearing Science have a built-in support network because academic advising is required in the College of Applied Health Sciences.

Students may become involved with departmental research under the direction of faculty to learn about improving all aspects of interpersonal communication. They may enhance their educational experience through participation in the University’s Edmund James Scholar Honors Program and gain practical experience by shadowing professionals in a variety of settings. In addition, they can further their insight to the field through pre-practicum learning experiences in the department’s state-of-the art audiology and speech-language pathology clinics.

Students can strengthen and expand on their interests in their area of study by taking a service learning class offered by SHS and by engaging in the many opportunities offered through the Office of Volunteer Programs. They may join student organizations related to their major including: the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), the Bilingual Organization of SHS Students (B.O.S.S.), Student Academy of Audiology (SAA), the AHS Student Council, develop and hone their leadership skills through the Illinois Leadership Center; and broaden their cultural experience by studying abroad.