Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
The School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology offers an undergraduate degree to prepare students for admission to a graduate program in either speech-language pathology or audiology. The undergraduate curriculum focuses on the fundamental components of the discipline, including:
- Normal communication development and processes
- An understanding of speech and hearing sciences
- An introduction to evaluation and treatment of hearing, speech, language, and communication differences and disorders
The program includes in-person, hybrid, and online undergraduate courses. Students who are admitted into the major will also complete the course: Observation and Clinical Techniques (7700:446), which will allow them to to accumulate the minimum 25 hours of supervised observation needed to meet pre-graduate admission level requirements set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
The undergraduate program in speech-language pathology and audiology at The University of Akron provides instruction in the basic components of the discipline in order to prepare the student to apply to a graduate program.
- Academic and Clinical Faculty:
We have highly respected and distinguished professionals in the field who support our students. The program prides itself on providing students with a welcoming environment, small class sizes, and exceptional faculty with diverse teaching styles to fit every learner.
- Accelerated Degree Pathway Program:
Eligible junior level students are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to complete up to 9 credit hours of graduate coursework at the undergraduate level. In addition, admitted students receive provisional admission into our graduate speech-language pathology program pending satisfactory fulfillment of their undergraduate degree and graduate program admission requirements.
Our program has an active chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). This organization provides students with the opportunity to network with other undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to opportunities to volunteer and attend professional events in our community. These experiences are a great way to build relationships with other students and professionals in our field.
To earn a Bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, you must complete:
- a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework with a 3.0 GPA prior to formal admission into the major (click here for more details)
- 48-51 credits of general education requirements and American Speech-Language Hearing Association Standards*
- 46 credits of core coursework in speech-language pathology and audiology
- 23-26 credits of electives and extra courses for BA or BAT degree completion**
*Coursework in human anatomy and physiology, physics or chemistry, psychology or sociology, and statistics are required to fulfill American Speech-Language-Hearing Association standards.
**Students choose between a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) which has a foreign language requirement (Spanish, German, French, Italian, or American Sign Language) and a Bachelor of Arts - Tagged degree (B.A.T.) for the non-foreign language option.
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Curriculum Guide
- Bachelor of Arts - Tagged (B.A.T.) Curriculum Guide
- *NEW* Accelerated Degree Pathway
Certificates and Minors
- Students are encouraged to select certificate programs and minors that apply to the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology. Once students are admitted into the major, certificate programs and minors can be selected with the academic advisor.
Admissions & Financial Assistance
For the most up-to-date information about a career as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s website.