Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Columbian College seal. Speech and Hearing student Jordan Sender seated at a computer conducting research.

Who We Are


The most human of all attributes is the ability to communicate. GW’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences is dedicated to understanding human communication in all of its dimensions — while addressing the conditions that hinder it.

The department offers a highly customizable undergraduate program and a nearly 100 percent graduate student employment rate. In state-of-the-art research labs, students work alongside faculty and clinicians to understand the pressing topics of the day, including teaching children with autism spectrum disorder how to develop healthy eating habits, finding ways to help people with aphasia communicate and helping transgender people find their voice.

The department is also home to GW’s Speech and Hearing Center, a full-service community clinic where graduate students gain hands-on experience with a diverse set of clients.




During an exercise in autism treatment, a woman's hand pointing at a board printed with letters of the alphabet



Our Department by the Numbers

40+ Faculty Papers Presented at Conferences Each Year


~98% Graduate Student Employment Rate Within Six Months of Graduation


"2,500 Annual Speech and Language Appointments at the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic" with a graphic of a clipboard with a medical cross on it.



Katie Winters

Katie Winters, BA '13, MA '15

PhD Candidate, UT Austin

“With each passing year, I am more grateful for having earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at GW. The Speech and Hearing Department’s individualized mentorship supported me through multiple independent research projects and ultimately my acceptance to a doctoral program.”


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