Speech Studies and Speech Pathology

Speech Studies and Speech Pathology

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of Speech Communication Studies/Speech Language Pathology and Audiology are as follows:

  1. To assist students in developing critical thinking skills through a disciplined process of actively and skillfully applying, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication.
  2. To provide students with the knowledge of basic human communication, to include normal and abnormal processes within the domains of biological, psychological, developmental and culturally and linguistically based functions.
  3. To provide students with the knowledge of communication philosophy which examines the ontological, epistemological, existential implications of the fact that humans are communicative beings and the symbolically mediated exchange of ideas, beliefs, information and attitudes is essential to defining individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions
  4. To encourage scholarly publications and creative productions.
  5. To provide instruction in the major theories of communication and the relevance of these theories to the students’ concentration.
  6. To provide students with the knowledge of ethical dimensions of communicative acts ranging from classical aristotelian ethics to the numerous points of ethical contact that exist in human communication today.
  7. To encourage the use of technologies associated with communication and how these technologies are used in the students’ concentration, particularly the technical applications necessary in the field of communication sciences and disorders for diagnosis and treatment of future clients.

DEGREES OFFERED

Speech (Communication Studies) – Bachelor of Arts

Speech (Speech/Language Pathology & Audiology) – Bachelor of Arts

MINOR OFFERED

Speech (Communication Studies) – Minor  

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication Studies will prepare students to pursue advanced degrees in communication, business, and law. The specific areas of emphasis include preparing students to become researchers, educators, advocates, and business and communication leaders.

A  Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology will prepare students to enter a graduate program in Speech / Language Pathology, Audiology, or Speech and Hearing Sciences. Undergraduates have to be prepared to attend and gain admittance to prestigious graduate schools to prepare them for their area of expertise. The specific areas of emphasis include preparing students to become researchers, educators, clinicians and community leaders that prevent, assess, and treat speech, language, and/or hearing disorders in a culturally diverse population. Students must receive the master’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology in order to gain employment in clinics, schools, hospitals, state and federal government agencies. Teaching positions in colleges and universities are possible with 18 credit hours of graduate courses.

 

 

 

Please direct additional inquiries to Dr. Deana Lacy McQuitty Speech Program Director, dlmcquit@ncat.edu.