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Speech & Hearing Science

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What is Speech & Hearing Science?

Our Speech and Hearing Science major focuses on human communication. This includes its biological, behavioral, and social science foundations as well as related disorders.

You'll tailor this major to your individual interests by choosing from four specializations. These include Audiology, Cultural-Linguistic Diversity, Neuroscience of Communication, and Speech-Language Pathology.

Our program allows you to change lives and communities. It will prepare you for post-graduate education in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, as well as for a career in a variety of other fields, including health care, education, science, advocacy, and public policy.

Career Options

  • Audiology
  • Counseling
  • Health education
  • Occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Social work
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Teaching
  • Vocal performance

Post-Graduation Success1

89% employed or continuing education

20% employed after graduation

68% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$26,244 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Chicago Speech Therapy, Giant Steps, Next Generation School

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, Rush Univeristy

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 30 ACT Score

1220 - 1370 SAT Score

3.43 - 3.85 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $30,052
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $49,746
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