BA/BGS


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The B.A. and the B.G.S. degrees require the same course work in the major, blending knowledge from psychology, biology, linguistics, anatomy, and physiology. They also require courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The main difference between the BA and BGS is that the BA has specific requirements related to writing, mathematics, foreign language, and laboratory science; whereas the BGS allows for exploration of another field through completion of two certificates, a minor, or a co/double major. For both the BA and the BGS, a minimum of 35 hours in Speech-Language-Hearing courses is required for the major. A minor and various certificate programs also are offered for students pursuing careers related to communication and communication disorders.

As an undergraduate you can be part of exciting interdisciplinary research including neurological mechanisms underlying speech and their use in brain-machine interfaces, noise reduction in cochlear implants, the genetics of language, the mechanisms of word learning, speech perception in humans and communication development in children with severe developmental disabilities.

Clinical faculty are state and national leaders in developing innovations in clinical practice such as providing culturally-responsive services to Native American communities, inclusive practices for school-based speech-language pathologists, and speech and language interventions in home and community settings.

The highly-respected Schiefelbusch Speech Language Hearing Clinic on the Lawrence campus, which treats both children and adults across the state, is the setting of your clinical experience based on a collaborative model that includes clinical staff and family members of patients in your training


News and events

Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Information Page, May 12, 2018

SPLH Professor, Holly Storkel, has been selected as Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Student Success

SPLH Acting Chair, Nancy Brady, has been promoted to Professor by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod - Chancellor announces faculty awarded promotion and tenure for 2018

Three students received Undergraduate Research Awards for SPLH projects in the Spring 2018 semester!  Congratulations to Grace Carlson (mentored by Navin Viswanathan), Beth Fentress (mentored by Holly Storkel) and Bri Marsh (mentored by Jon Brumberg).

Ana PaulMumy's TEDxKU talk- Placing Value on Human Imperfection

Holly Storkel and Navin Viswanathan receive Friends of the Life Span Institute Investigator Awards in 2017

McKenzie Butcher is one of 13 students to receive Undergraduate Research Awards in fall 2017

Kate DeJarnette, a student in KU’s speech-language pathology program, walks us through why she chose to study augmentative and alternative communication.

Explore a degree in audiology or speech-language pathology at the University of Kansas

"The Impact of Parenting on Fragile X Syndrome" in "Research Features", UK online science magazine, featuring research by Steven F. Warren and Nancy C.Brady

KU to present University Scholarly Achievement Award to Nancy Brady on April 10, 2017

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