Chair: Marie Kerins, Associate Professor
Professors: Libby Kumin; Lisa Schoenbrodt
Associate Professors: Marie Kerins; Janet Preis
Assistant Professors: Lena Caesar; Ronald Gallop; Kathleen Siren
Clinical Faculty: Donna Pitts; Kathleen Ward
Affiliate Faculty: Brianne Higgins Roos; Kara Tignor; Lura Vogelman
The Major in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology provides a comprehensive, academic course of study and training, within the Jesuit tradition, that enables students to become skilled and caring professionals who can lead and serve in a diverse and changing world. Students are challenged to rise to the University tradition of "strong truths well lived" though academic coursework, mentorship by dedicated faculty, experiences, and opportunities. Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to pursue graduate education in communication sciences and disorders and other related fields, and to become people for and with others.
Coursework in the major typically begins in the freshman year with introductory courses on normal and disordered communication. Following the introductory courses, students enroll in a variety of courses including those that address the anatomical structures and functions as well as the normal development of speech, language, and hearing. Additionally, the disorders of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing are addressed for both pediatric and adult populations. All students complete a capstone clinical/ethical seminar (SP412) preparing them for entry into a graduate program. Seniors whose academic achievements distinguish themselves as having high academic standing and service to the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) may be elected into Loyola's chapter of the NSSLHA's honor society.
Many courses contain experiential components including service-learning and clinical observations. Some of these experiences are conducted through a myriad of off-campus settings that are used for both observation and/or service-learning. These settings include general and specialized school programs; child and adult rehabilitation centers; and acute and chronic care hospitals such as Good Samaritan Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Achievements Center, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Gallagher Services.
The undergraduate program provides the academic foundation and clinical exposure to prepare students to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology and/or audiology. It is important that students consider this since most graduate programs require at least a B (3.000) average for acceptance. Students may also use the knowledge obtained through the degree for employment in other health-related fields. Typically, students continue their academic and clinical training in a master's program in speech-language pathology or in a doctoral program in audiology, although others may pursue alternative fields such as special education, teacher training in English speakers of other languages, rehabilitation services, prelaw, and premed. Students who have a bachelor's degree but have not completed the requirements for a Major in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology must complete prerequisite courses before they can apply to the graduate program. For more information on the graduate program in speech-language pathology/audiology, see the graduate catalogue.
- Students will develop a passion for intellectual curiosity and a habit of intellectual inquiry.
- Students will develop and maintain habits of academic honesty and integrity.
- Students will understand the interconnectedness of speech-language pathology and audiology coursework, and the relationship of this coursework to other disciplines.
Critical Understanding: Thinking, Reading, and Analyzing
- Students will critically evaluate new information utilizing prior knowledge and sound evidence.
- Students will analyze and solve problems of both theoretical and applied natures using logical reasoning and appropriate sources of information.
- Students will be able to research a topic using both printed and electronic sources, with an appreciation of the advantages and limitations of information technology.
- Students will use speech and writing effectively, logically, clearly, persuasively, and responsibly.
- Students will use appropriate writing styles, including research and professional writing, for different audiences.
- Students will understand communication variables including the needs, values, preferred mode of communication, and cultural/linguistic background of the listener.
Faith and Mission/ Promotion of Justice
- Students will respect the dignity and value of all humans and will promote justice for all individuals through a commitment to those who are disadvantaged or marginalized particularly because of issues with communication.
- Students will think about, write about, and talk about others using “person first” language, focusing on the individual as a person first with other characteristics, including disabilities, as secondary identifiers.
- Students will be knowledgeable of, sensitive toward, and respectful of, communication differences due to race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age, and/or disabilities
- Students will appreciate the multiplicity of viewpoints in theory and practice within speech-language pathology and audiology.
MAJOR IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY/AUDIOLOGY
Bachelor of Arts
Requirements for a major and an example of a typical program of courses are as follows:
Introduction to Human Communication*
Introduction to Statistical Methods and Data Analysis*
Social Science Core
Europe and the World Since 1500
Introduction to Communication Disorders*
Language Core or
Science Core (BL Course)
Social Science Core
Foundations of Philosophy
Speech and Language Development*
Anatomy and Physiology: Speech and Voice*
PL200-Level Philosophical Perspectives Course
Fundamentals of Hearing*
Science Core (CH/GL/PH Course)
Articulation and Phonology*
Observation Methods and Techniques in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology*
Introduction to Theology
Fine Arts Core
Professional and Technical Writing in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology*
Organic Bases of Childhood Communication Disorders*
Speech and Voice Science*
Clinical/Ethical Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology*
Organic Bases of Adult Communication Disorders*
* Required for major.
** May be used for possible clinical placement.
- Majors must complete ST110 and two science courses (one biology and one chemistry or physics) to fulfill the math/science core requirement. (Note: For admission into most Au.D. programs, one of the science courses must have an associated lab.)
- The following courses are electives within the major: SP214, SP312, SP314, SP414, SP417, SP441, SP443, SP444. Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in speech-language pathology are strongly encouraged to take SP441 in their senior year.
- Some states require teacher certification in order to pursue a career within the school system. Interested students should check each state's requirements and consult with their major advisor.
- The curriculum includes primarily core courses for the freshman and sophomore years. Students often complete two major courses in the freshman year, and a consistent number of major courses thereafter. Major courses are offered at least one time each semester.
- Students planning to study abroad should talk with International Programs, the Academic Advising and Support Center, and the department's director of undergraduate studies and their academic advisor during their freshman or sophomore year to plan their course of study. While the department encourages students to participate in programs that they choose, coursework in the major cannot be fulfilled in the study abroad program, and the department cannot guarantee the sequence or availability of courses as outlined should the student choose to study abroad.
- Students must complete the diversity core requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Core Requirement under Curriculum and Policies). Currently, SP303 and SP312 fulfill the diversity requirement for the Class of 2010 and beyond.