speech clinician demonstrating throat technique to 5-year-old girl

Speech & Hearing Science

Promote effective communication, a human right, through research and clinical practice. Prepare for a career that improves lives.


The program of study in Speech and Hearing Science offers a broad background in the biological, behavioral, linguistic, and social foundations of human communication and communication disorders.

This major prepares students for careers or graduate education in many fields.

  • Speech Language Pathologist

  • Audiologist

  • Physician

  • Special Education Teacher

  • Physical Therapist

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Neuropsychologist

  • Professor

  • Teacher

  • Vocal Performance Coach

  • Counselor

  • Rehabilitation Counselor

  • Social Worker

  • Case Manager

Alumni in the Workforce

  • John Consalvi
    M.A. 1991

    Founder & CEO

  • Donald Schum

    B.S. 1982
    M.S. 1984
    Ph.D. 1998

    V.P of Audiology
    Oticon Inc.

  • Susan Gwyn
    M.A. 1974

    Former President
    Sundance Rehabilitation Corporation

  • Headshot of Sally J Peterson-Falzone

    Sally J Peterson-Falzone

    Clinical Professor Emerita
    UC San Francisco Craniofacial Center

    Sally J. Peterson-Falzone is one of the leading experts in the world on cleft palate speech, having served as president of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and the Society for Ear, Nose, and Throat Advances in Children. She published the first report on communication disorders in patients with congenital craniofacial conditions to be dually supported by the American Speech and Hearing Association and the National Institutes of Health. She spent most of her career at the University of California-San Francisco’s Craniofacial Center, retiring in 2002 as clinical professor emerita. In 2017, she received ASHA Honors of the Association, the highest award granted by the organization. She also earned the distinguished service award from the ACPCA in 2001 and has served as lead author on two textbooks on cleft palate speech