Speech Pathology and Audiology Major

A child with delayed language development. A teen who stutters. A mother coping with severe hearing impairment. A grandfather fighting to regain speech after a stroke. All rely upon the care and expertise of speech-language pathologists and audiologists to identify, evaluate and treat their communication disorders.

Get started right away — and finish on time.

With direct admission to the speech pathology and audiology major, you'll begin taking your major courses in your first term. And you'll graduate in four years.

Solid curriculum.

Marquette's major in speech pathology and audiology offers the academic course work needed to eventually meet the certification requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

On-site clinicals.

Supervised by faculty who are certified and licensed speech-language pathologists and audiologists, you'll work in the Marquette University Speech and Hearing Clinic with children and adults who have speech, language or hearing disorders — something many programs don't offer to their undergraduates.

Practice what you've learned.

Work with your professors as they conduct important research in areas such as child language or as they help adults regain communication skills lost to traumatic brain injuries or strokes.

Be prepared.

Marquette's curriculum and clinicals provide you with the necessary foundation to find admission and be successful in a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Have an edge.

Given the competitive nature of graduate school admission, our students continue to be considered desirable candidates for graduate school.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Introduction to Speech-language Pathology and Audiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanisms
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Growth of Western Civilization I or II
  • Statistics
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Foreign Language I & II
  • American History Cognate


  • Child Speech Sound Disorders
  • Child Language Disorders
  • Child Language Development
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Literature/Performing Arts Elective
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Physical Science Cognate
  • Theory of Ethics


  • Clinical Practicum — Speech Pathology I
  • Intervention Methods in Speech-language Pathology
  • Introduction to Audiology
  • Speech Science
  • Stuttering and Other Fluency Disorders
  • Theology Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Literature/Performing Arts Elective
  • Electives


  • Hearing Disorders
  • Major Electives
  • Applied Ethics for the Health Sciences
  • Psychology og the Exceptional Child
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Electives