Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
The most human of all attributes is the ability to communicate. The professions of audiology and speech-language pathology seek to understand this ability, the consequences of impairments in the ability to communicate, and the rehabilitation of those individuals who have a communication impairment. The disciplines encompass the developmental, physiological, cognitive, neurological, and pragmatic aspects of human communication.
The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences provides undergraduate and graduate programs focused on engaging students in the acquisition and application of knowledge of human communication and its disorders. Whether learning about communication sciences or the relationship between language and society, students studying speech and hearing sciences receive in-depth knowledge of all aspects of communication, including the consequences of speech and hearing challenges on individuals and society and the treatment of communication impairments.
The department encourages student-faculty partnerships as part of its mission to educate students, promote a culture of research in speech and hearing, and provide the best services possible through the Speech and Hearing Center. The department's location in the heart of Washington, D.C., affords students the opportunity to be placed in nationally renowned hospitals and clinics and public school systems.