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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Undergraduate Program


The primary goal of the undergraduate program is to provide our students with a broad education in normal and disordered processes of speech, language, hearing and swallowing. This goal has the following objectives:

  • Provide our students with an understanding of normal communication
  • Provide our students with an understanding of the genetic, cultural, neurological, physiological, psychological, and socioeconomic factors which can disrupt normal communicative processes
  • Prepare the student for professional graduate training as speech-language pathologists.

The sequence of undergraduate courses (about 57 units) is from normal processes to disordered processes, and finally, to assessment/management of children, adolescents, and adults with speech, language and/or swallowing disorders.

How to Major in Speech-Language Pathology

The Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) major is impacted by the California State University. This means that students seeking to become SLP majors must satisfy a set of prerequisites before applying to the major. More information can be obtained on-line (below).

To apply to the undergraduate program at California State University, Long Beach, please apply online at