Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) come alongside children and adults struggling with speech, language or swallowing disorders. As you go about the work of preventing, assessing, diagnosing and treating such disorders, listening and communication skills will be paramount in your role. By drawing from both the arts and sciences, Gordon’s faith-based interdisciplinary approach to the speech pathology minor will not only build your foundational knowledge of Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) but prepare you to minister well to the communicative needs of people of all ages.
Through Gordon’s speech pathology minor, you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in the CSD field while benefitting from the breadth of a liberal arts education rooted in faith. The liberal arts are about understanding “humanness,” and what you learn through a broad range of courses will prove essential for your success in caring for people as a speech-language pathologist. And Gordon’s proximity to Boston provides access to off-campus practicums and internships for hands-on learning experience.
Gordon’s speech pathology program will provide you with the prerequisite education necessary for state licensure as an SLP assistant or enrollment in a graduate program to become a licensed SLP working in schools, private practices or hospital settings. Some speech pathology students choose to pursue other careers in related health or education fields, including:
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All speech pathology minors will graduate with observation and clinical practice performed in the community with a local speech-language pathologist. In addition, you’ll gain helpful career guidance from professors and advisors. If you’re looking to learn more about the field of SLP now, consider The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association’s (ASHA’s) Information for Students.
You can pursue a speech pathology minor alongside any major. However, some Gordon majors combine particularly well with the program, including: languages and linguistics, education, psychology, social work, biology and music. You might also consider cross-enrolling into the pre-health professions program.