Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (BS)

Why study speech-language pathology and audiology at Northeastern?

Our Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program is designed from innovation and modern advances in human communication sciences and disorders. Makerspaces, labs, and applied workshops prepare students to work in educational settings, medical and rehabilitation centers, and private practice clinics.

Speech-Language Pathologists treat disorders such as developmental language and articulation disorders, voice and resonance problems, stuttering, and language and cognitive impairments due to stroke, head injury, and progressive neurological diseases.

Audiologists specialize in the prevention, identification, assessment, and rehabilitation of hearing disorders. Individuals with congenital and acquired hearing impairments are seen for services by audiologists. They prescribe and dispense hearing aids and instruct the use of amplification for individuals with congenital and acquired hearing impairments.


Undergraduate students take courses in both speech-language pathology and audiology in preparation for advanced training and specialization at the graduate level.

The four year program offers practice-oriented introduction to clinical experience through the Behrakis Speech-Language and Hearing Center.

Plus One Option

There is a five-year accelerated BS/MS degree that undergraduates may apply to in the third year of study. The early intervention program is an interdisciplinary curriculum with four academic courses and two practica in early intervention sites. It replaces the standard curriculum in the 4th year of the program and requires no extra credits or expense on your part.

Sample Schedule: Course of Study

The chart below describes a sequence of courses as taught in the recent past. This chart is not a planning document for what course will be taught in which semester (spring or fall) in the future. Students should consult with their academic advisor or see the university course catalog.

  • Fall Semester

    • BIOL1117/8 Anat & Phys 1 w/ Lab
    • ENGL1111 College Writing
    • SLPA1200 Phonetics
    • SLPA1101 Intro to Communication Disorders
    • HSCI1000 College: An Introduction

    18 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • BIOL1119/20 Anat & Phys 2 w/ Lab
    • PSYC1101 Foundations of Psychology
    • SLPA1205 Speech & Hearing Science
    • SLPA1101 Intro to Communication Disorders
    • MATH1215 Mathematical Thinking or MATH1241 Calculus 1

    17 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • SLPA1203 Intro to Audiology
    • SLPA2000 Intro to Coop
    • SLPA4700 Directed Observation Workshop
    • PHYS1145/6 Physics I w/ Lab
    • PSYC3404 Developmental Psych
    • Arts or Humanities Elective

    19 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • Co-op

  • Summer Semester

    • Comp Study of Cultures Elective
    • Elective

    8 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • ENGL3306 Adv Writing in the Health Prof
    • MATH2280 Statistics and Software
    • PSYC3466 Cognition
    • Education Elective

    16 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • Elective
    • SLPA1103 A&P of Sp & Hear Mech
    • SLPA1102 Language Development
    • HLTH5450 Health Care Research

    16 Credits

  • Summer Semester

    • Elective
    • Elective

    8 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • SLPA6219 Aural Rehabilitation
    • SLPA4500 Lang Disorders Across Lifespan
    • SLPA5107 Clinical Procedures
    • Psychology Elective

    16 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • SLPA4651 Speech Disorders Across Lifespan
    • HLTH5105 Early Intervention
    • PHIL1165 Moral Problems in Health Care
    • COMM3201 Health Communication

    16 Credits

Note: Curriculum subject to change

For a more visual overview please check out our curriculum sample booklet below.

View the Sample Curriculum Book
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Word Detectives is run by faculty, reading specialists, and speech-language pathology graduate students. The program serves students from second to seventh grade who are reading below grade level, and helps them improve through intensive phonics lessons and reading workshops.

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If your voice sounds like an ATM or an Alexa device, how can you take ownership over that prosthesis? It doesn’t feel like an extension of you anymore,” she says. “Yet, if you could continue speaking the way you used to, a social connection is maintained.”

Experiential Learning and Co-op

Students will be exposed to a wide variety of communication disorders through observations and participation in activities and at the Northeastern University Speech-Language and Hearing Center. Externship in schools, hospitals, or other relevant settings will also broaden students’ exposure and prepare them for graduate study or employment.

Learn more about experiential learning

Connect with us

Sarah Young-Hong
Undergraduate Program Director
[email protected]