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Speech Language Pathology for Linguistics majors

Thinking about an exciting career in communication sciences and disorders (CSD)? Careers in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing sciences offer a variety of work settings and patient/client populations. Working with the full range of human communication and its disorders, speech-language pathologists are professionals who evaluate, diagnose, and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are excellent employment opportunities for speech-language pathologists. Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Many speech-language pathologists begin their education with undergraduate degrees in Linguistics. Linguistics majors are particularly well trained for graduate programs in CSD, and we invite you to major in Linguistics to prepare for graduate study and career in CSD.

Within the Department of Linguistics, there are numerous courses available which are typically prerequisite classes required for a graduate program in CSD. These courses include:

  • LIN 201: Phonetics - Study of the sounds used in human language.
  • LIN 330: Language Acquisition - Introduction to the field of language acquisition.
  • LIN 350: Experimental Phonetics – A survey of the most common experimental methods for studying the sounds used in human language. It provides a solid foundation for further courses in laboratory skills relevant to assessment of normal and disordered speech.
  • LIN 380: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing - A study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech, swallowing, and hearing mechanisms including the phonatory, articulatory, respiratory, and resonatory subsystems and the neural control.
  • LIN 381: Language and Speech Disorders - Overview of the developmental and  acquired communication disorders across the lifespan.
  • LIN 382: Audiology - Survey of the field of audiology, including, the physiology of hearing, and the nature, causes, and measurement of hearing impairment.

In addition to these classes, students who wish to apply for a graduate program in CSD should consider taking a course in each of the following foundational areas:

  • Biological Science -   Acceptable courses emphasize content related to human or animal sciences and  include the areas of biology, anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science. A lab component is not required.  
  • Social/Behavioral Science -   Acceptable courses are in the areas of psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.
  • Physical Science -  Acceptable courses are either in physics or chemistry. A lab component is not required.
  • Statistics -   Acceptable courses include any college-level, stand-alone statistics course that is computational versus remedial, historical, or methodological in nature.  

Typically graduate programs also require 25 hours of observations under the direction of an ASHA certified SLP.


The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the only national student organization for pre-professionals studying Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) .

The Chapter at Stony Brook is an extension of a larger group of people under the same name of NSSLHA.  We inspire, empower, and support students who have interest in the field of CSD. We give you the tools to navigate your academic career while preparing you for your professional one.

Faculty advisor: Prof. Marie Huffman ( )

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