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The B.A. and the B.G.S. degrees require the same course work in the major, blending knowledge from psychology, biology, linguistics, anatomy, and physiology. They also require courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The main difference between the BA and BGS is that the BA has specific requirements related to writing, mathematics, foreign language, and laboratory science; whereas the BGS allows for exploration of another field through completion of two certificates, a minor, or a co/double major. For both the BA and the BGS, a minimum of 35 hours in Speech-Language-Hearing courses is required for the major. A minor and various certificate programs also are offered for students pursuing careers related to communication and communication disorders.

As an undergraduate you can be part of exciting interdisciplinary research including neurological mechanisms underlying speech and their use in brain-machine interfaces, noise reduction in cochlear implants, the genetics of language, the mechanisms of word learning, speech perception in humans and communication development in children with severe developmental disabilities.

Clinical faculty are state and national leaders in developing innovations in clinical practice such as providing culturally-responsive services to Native American communities, inclusive practices for school-based speech-language pathologists, and speech and language interventions in home and community settings.

The highly-respected Schiefelbusch Speech Language Hearing Clinic on the Lawrence campus, which treats both children and adults across the state, is the setting of your clinical experience based on a collaborative model that includes clinical staff and family members of patients in your training

News and events

Congratulations to Russell Johnston, Ph.D., Kristen Muller, Ph.D., and Kevin Pitt, Ph.D. for successfulling defending their dissertations this summer! 

Congratulations to Tiffany P. Hogan, Speech Language Pathology PhD alum, ASHA Fellowship of the Assiciation 2019 Award recipient.

Suzanne Adlof, one of our Speech Language Pathology MA/PhD alums now in South Carolina, received the presidential early career award in science/engineering.

Congratulations to Mindy Bridges, Assistant Professor, on receiving the School of Health Professions (SHP) Research Grant for her proposal: The Development of Language-Intensive Professional Development Modules for Prekindergarten Teachers.

Abby Enneking, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be 1 of 2 students from Kansas to receive the Sertoma International Award.

Frank Kim, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be the recipient of the SHP Dean's Diversity Scholarship.

Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 18, 2019


Dr. Julie Washington is coming as the invited speaker on February 11, 2019: The Annual Betty H. Bunce Multicultural Lecture 

Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

SPLH Professor, Holly Storkel, has been selected as Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Student Success

SPLH Chair, Nancy Brady, has been promoted to Professor by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod - Chancellor announces faculty awarded promotion and tenure for 2018

Ana PaulMumy's TEDxKU talk- Placing Value on Human Imperfection

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