About Us

Welcome to the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Lamar University. The programs in our department have an excellent reputation in academic and research foundations as well as clinical training.

Our undergraduate curriculum provides students with a complete overview of human communication and its disorders within the context of a broad liberal arts education. Students receive cutting-edge information about the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. The curriculum includes the opportunity to observe therapy as well as participate in our LU Junior Clinician Program and LU SPHS Undergraduate Research Program. We have active chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA), which has received the Silver Chapter Recognition for outreach to the community, educational opportunities, and social and fundraising activities.

Our residential graduate programs, the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) [residential] and Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology [residential] programs, at Lamar University are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Our Speech-Language Pathology program is committed to preparing competent and compassionate clinicians, motivated scholars, and ethical professionals for entry into the field of speech-language pathology. Our curriculum covers the full range of normal and disordered human communication in children and adults. Coursework is supplemented by clinical experiences both on and off campus.

Students in our professional Doctor of Audiology program receive academic instruction in the scientific foundation of sound, auditory processes and behaviors and in the evaluation, diagnosis and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders. Students complete their clinical training in a variety of settings that include medical centers, public schools, special education facilities and clinics across the United States.

Students in both programs benefit from individualized experiences and mentoring from outstanding faculty recognized as experts in their fields. The faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and research, as well as getting to know you on an individual basis.

To apply for Lamar University’s residential Graduate Programs in Speech and Hearing Sciences – Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) or Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology – all applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in communication disorders or related field from a regionally accredited institution. Students are expected to have obtained a broad general education as a background to graduate study. For those who have earned other degrees, a leveling program may be required. Our department offers such a leveling program to assist these students. 

Vocology is the study and practice of voice habilitation. For individuals interested in vocology, our department offers a Vocology Certificate Program to train vocologists. Courses toward the Lamar University Vocology Certificate are offered online with biannual enrollment.

Additionally, our department houses the community and university serving LU Speech and Hearing Clinic. Please check our links for more information about the state of the art clinical training in audiology and speech language pathology.

If we can be of further assistance to you, you can reach us at slp@lamar.edu (Undergraduate and SLP), audiology@lamar.edu (AuD), or contact the Department at (409) 880-8338. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you in your success at Lamar University. 

Dr. Johanna Boult,  Chair (Beginning Fall 2022)

Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University