• ASL Studies

    Our American Sign Language Studies minor complements many degrees in the College of Health and Human Services and across campus.

  • Audiology

    Our Au.D. program prepares audiologists to excel in a variety of clinical settings.

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    Undergraduate scholarship

    Our bachelor's degree supports a variety of career fields and offers expertise in how people communicate.

  • Speech-language pathology

    Our SLP students are preparing to work in a variety of clinical settings.


Prepare for a great career

When you’re a student in Western Michigan University's Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, you will experience unique academic, research and clinical opportunities, preparing you to be part of the next generation of speech, language and hearing professionals.

The fields of audiology and speech-language pathology are both highly ranked in US News and World Reports’ listing of healthcare jobs. The employment rate is rising in both fields and both career paths offer a wide range of work environments. These are good paying careers that are highly rewarding and highly impactful.

Our programs


What is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are health care professionals who can help prevent, diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders for people of all ages, from infants to older adults.

Career Info   Our Au.D. program

What is an SLP?

Speech-language pathologists are experts in communication who work with individuals of all ages and treat many types of communication and swallowing problems.

Career info   Our M.A. program


COVID Update

The University is continually sending updated information about policies and activities related to COVID-19. They have set up a webpage to capture all that information and offer links to other important resources.



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Part-time instructional opportunities

To be considered for part-time instructional positions, please submit a resume and cover letter stating the courses you are interested in teaching. Email your packet to Dr. Laura DeThorne, chair of the Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences.

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