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Audiology and Speech Pathology Major Guide for 2008-2009

What is Audiology and Speech Pathology

The undergraduate programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology are pre-professional in scope and in combination with courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences, provide an interesting and rigorous liberal arts education. Those students who wish to pursue careers as audiologists or speech-lanugage pathologists must complete a graduate degree prior to practice. Other students graduating with a B.A in Audiology or Speech Pathology often find fulfilling positions in human service fields or go on to graduate school in other allied health disciplines.

Career Opportunities in Audiology and Speech Pathology

The undergraduate degrees in Audiology and Speech Pathology do not lead to careers in audiology or speech-language pathology. Rather they provide preparation for graduate school or serve as a liberal arts foundation for a wide variety of career opportunities.

Salary Trends in Audiology and Speech Pathology

Employment opportunities after completing a graduate degree in either Audiology or Speech Pathology are excellent. Students with a M.A. in Speech Pathology or an Au.D. in Audiology are highly sought after and graduates typically have jobs lined up before they graduate.  For those who do not go on to graduate school, your pre-professional experiences (volunteerism, work experience, internships, etc) enhance your chances at obtaining desired employment and further guide where you fall on the salary continuum.

High School Preparation

Students interested in pursuing a career as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist should consider taking courses in English with an emphasis on writing and the structure of the English language, biological sciences, physical sciences and psychology.

How to Major in Audiology and Speech Pathology

Students interested in majoring in Audiology and Speech Pathology should meet with the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology to prepare a program plan.

Requirements for Audiology and Speech Pathology

Courses in speech pathology and audiology build upon a general liberal arts base. The first two years of a student’s program will normally consist of completing the Basic Skills and Divisional Distribution requirements for the BA degree and the introductory course in speech pathology and audiology. In meeting the Distribution requirements, students are encouraged to include coursework in anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics, mathematics, physics, psychology, and sociology.
Requirements in Audiology and Speech Pathology include core courses within the disciplines and, for students planning to go on to graduate school, a series of electives needed for professional certification.

Both majors are extremely similar in regards to course makeup. The only difference is that one Linguistics course (200, 371, 372, 411, 471, or 472) is required for the Speech Pathology Major.

Special Programs, Co-ops, and Internships

Seniors who have performed well within departmental courses may be selected to participate in clinical activities within the University of Tennessee Hearing and Speech Center or in laboratory research with faculty.

Highlights of Audiology and Speech Pathology

The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at UT is one of the largest and best recognized programs of its kind in the United States. The clinical facilities are extensive and serve diverse populations. You should meet with the Audiology and Speech Pathology undergraduate advisor to gather information on additional requirements leading to professional certification.

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"Ready for the World” is part of a long-range plan to transform the UTK campus into a culture of diversity that best prepares students for working and competing in the 21st century.  Thus students are encouraged to actively participate in the diverse cultural programs offered on campus.  Some of these events include the guest lecture series, cultural nights at the International House, and international film screenings.  Visit the Center for International Education website ( or the Ready for the World website ( for more information on upcoming cultural programs and activities. 
Students are also encouraged to develop a global perspective within their academic program through study abroad.  Visit the Programs Abroad Office website ( for information on study abroad opportunities.

Learn more about UT's Ready for the World initiative to help students gain the international and intercultural knowledge they need to succeed in today's world.

Sample Curriculum

Freshman Year Credit Hours
English Composition 6
Foreign Language 6
Natural Science Lab Sequence 8
Quantitative Reasoning 6-8
Social Sciences 3
General Elective 0-1
Sophomore Year Credit Hours
Non-US History Sequence 6
Communicating Through Writing 3
Foreign Language or General Electives 6
Humanities 3
Social Sciences 6
Communicating Orally 3
Natural Science 3
Junior Year Credit Hours
Audiology & Speech Pathology 300 3
Audiology & Speech Pathology 302 3
Audiology & Speech Pathology 303 3
Audiology & Speech Pathology 305 3
Audiology & Speech Pathology 306 3
Audiology & Speech Pathology 320 3
Humanities 3
Upper Level Distribution 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Linguistics Course (Speech Pathology Major Only) 0-3
General Elective (Audiology Major Only) 0-3
Senior Year Credit Hours
Audiology & Speech Pathology 433 1
Audiology & Speech Pathology 435 3
Audiology & Speech Pathology 461 3
Audiology & Speech Pathology 473 3
Audiology & Speech Pathology 494 3
Upper Level Distribution 3
General Electives 8
Upper Division Elective 3
GRAND TOTAL (minimum) 120

For More Information

Ilsa Schwarz, Ph.D.
(865) 974-5019



The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other programs refer to the UT catalog or contact the department and/or college directly.