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Speech & Hearing Science

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

Undergraduate Degree

Students will learn foundational knowledge for understanding human speech, language, swallowing, hearing, and balance processes, with a particular focus on the implications of differences and disruptions in the communication systems associated with disorders.

Although students across any of the concentrations can pursue the graduate study and pre-certification requirements associated with becoming an audiologist or speech-language pathologist, the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology concentrations are the most closely connected to practical application. Students in all concentrations have opportunities for clinical observation and community engagement.

More information about the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology can be found on the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s web site.

Areas of Concentration

Speech-Language Pathology

Audiology

Cultural-Linguistic Diversity

Neuroscience of Communication

Curriculum

General Education

For more information about degree requirements contact your advisor or refer to the university catalog.

Code Course
Communication Skills

Hours: 7-9

Quantitative Reasoning I & II

Hours: 6

Humanities & the Arts

Hours: 6

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Hours: 6

Natural Sciences & Technology

Hours: 6

Cultural Studies

Hours: 9

Foreign Language (can be completed with 3-years of one non-english language in high school)

Hours: 0-12

Total Hours: 40-54

Core Courses

For more information about degree requirements contact your advisor or refer to the university catalog.

Code Course
SHS 170
SHS 170 Intro to Human Communication Systems & Disorders

Hours: 3

SHS 191
SHS 191 Freshman Seminar

Hours: 1

SHS 200
SHS 200 General Phonetics

Hours: 3

SHS 240
SHS 240 Intro Sound & Hearing Science

Hours: 3

SHS 300
SHS 300 Anatomy & Physiology Speech Mechanism

Hours: 4

SHS 301
SHS 301 General Speech Science

Hours: 4

SHS 320
SHS 320 Development of Spoken Language

Hours: 3

SHS 385
SHS 385 Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hours: 3

SHS 450
SHS 450 Intro Audiology & Hearing Disorders

Hours: 4

Total Hours: 28

Concentration Requirements

Students are required to take the following courses for each concentration.

For more information about degree requirements contact your advisor or refer to the university catalog.

Code Course
SHS 271
SHS 271 Communication and Aging
SHS 280
SHS 280 Communication Neuroscience

Hours: 3

SHS 352
SHS 352 Hearing Health & Society

Hours: 3

SHS 451
SHS 451 Aural Rehab Children to Adults

Hours: 3

SHS 475
SHS 475 Pre-Practicum in SHS

Hours: 1-2

Take 6 hours from the following list:
SHS 222
SHS 222 Language & Culture of Deaf Communities

Hours: 3

SHS 270
SHS 270 Comm Disability in the Media

Hours: 3

SHS 291
SHS 291 Research Lab Experience *

Hours: 3

SHS 333
SHS 333 Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across Communication Contexts

Hours: 3

SHS 375
SHS 375 Comm Partners & Health

Hours: 3

SHS 390*
SHS 390 Comm Partners & Health *

Hours: 2-3

SHS 395
SHS 395 Honors Individual Study *

Hours: 2

SHS 473
SHS 473 Augmentative & Alt Comm

Hours: 3

*No more than 3 credits from SHS 291, SHS 390 and SHS 395 may be counted toward the 6 credits of specified electives.

Total Hours: 19

Code Course
SHS 280
SHS 280 Communication Neuroscience

Hours: 3

SHS 380
SHS 380 Comm Competence & Disorders

Hours: 3

SHS 451
SHS 451 Aural Rehab Children to Adults

Hours: 2-4

SHS 473
SHS 473 Augmentative & Alt Comm

Hours: 2-4

SHS 475
SHS 475 Pre-Practicum in SHS

Hours: 1-2

Take 6 hours from the following list
SHS 271
SHS 271 Communication & Aging

Hours: 3

SHS 291
SHS 291 Research Lab Experience *

Hours: 3

SHS 333
SHS 333 Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across Communication Contexts
SHS 375
SHS 375 Comm Partners & Health

Hours: 3

SHS 390
SHS 390 Individual Study *

Hours: 2-3

SHS 395
SHS 395 Honors Individual Study *

Hours: 2

SHS 410
SHS 410 Stuttering: Theory & Practice

Hours: 3

SHS 430
SHS 430 Development & Disorders Phonol Artic

Hours: 3

SHS 431
SHS 431 Lang Disorders Preschool Child

Hours: 3

*No more than 3 credits from SHS 291, SHS 390 and SHS 395 may be counted toward the 6 credits of specified electives.

Total Hours: 19

Code Course
SHS 280
SHS 280 Communication Neuroscience

Hours: 3

SHS 389
SHS 389 Neuroplasticity and Communication

Hours: 3

SHS 427
SHS 427 Language and the Brain

Hours: 3-4

SHS 470
SHS 470 Neural Bases Speech Language

Hours: 4

Take 6 hours from the following list
Chemistry or Physics 100-level not used for General Education

Hours: 3

IB 100
IB 100 Biology in Today's World

Hours: 3

PSYC 204
PSYC 204 Intro to Brain & Cognition

Hours: 3

PSYC 216
PSYC 216 Child Psych

Hours: 3

EPSY 236
EPSY 236 Child Dev in Education

Hours: 3

PSYC 230
PSYC 230 Perception & Sensory Processes

Hours: 3

PSYC 224
PSYC 224 Cognitive Psych

Hours: 3

PSYC 248
PSYC 248 Learning & Memory

Hours: 3

SHS 271
SHS 271 Communication and Aging

Hours: 3

SHS 291
SHS 291 Research Lab Experience

Hours: 3

SHS 333
SHS 333 Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across Communication Contexts

Hours: 3

SHS 375
SHS 375 Comm Partners & Health

Hours: 3

SHS 390
SHS 390 Individual Study *

Hours: 2-3

SHS 395
SHS 395 Honors Individual Study *

Hours: 2

SHS 473
SHS 473 Augmentative & Alt Comm

Hours: 3

SHS 475
SHS 475 Prepracticum in SHS

Hours: 1-2

*No more than 3 credits from SHS 291, SHS 390 and SHS 395 may be counted toward the 6 credits of specified electives.

Total Hours: 19

Code Course
SHS 222
SHS 222 Language & Culture of Deaf Communities

Hours: 3

SHS 271
SHS 271 Communication & Aging

Hours: 4

SHS 352
SHS 352 Hearing Health & Society

Hours: 3

SHS 380
SHS 380 Comm Competence & Disorders

Hours: 3

Take 6 hours from the following list

Hours: 6

A language other than English
(only courses taken above and beyond those used to satisfy the University’s language requirement or taken in a different area for elective credit)

Hours: 6

CMN 232
CMN 232 Intro to Intercultural Comm

Hours: 3

CHLH 330
CHLH 330 Disability in American Society

Hours: 3

CHLH 407
CHLH 407 Disability, Culture, and Society

Hours: 3

EPS 310
EPS 310 Race & Cultural Diversity

Hours: 3

EPSY 202
EPSY 202 Exploring Cultural Diversity

Hours: 3

LING 111
LING 111 Language in Globalization

Hours: 3

LING 210
LING 210 Language History

Hours: 3

LING 450
LING 450 Sociolinguistics I

Hours: 3

SPED 117
SPED 117 The Culture of Disability

Hours: 3

SOC 225
SOC 225 Race & Ethnicity

Hours: 3

SHS 291
SHS 291 Research Lab Experience *

Hours: 3

SHS 333
SHS 333 Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across Communication Contexts

Hours: 3

SHS 390
SHS 390 Individual Study *

Hours: 2-3

SHS 395
SHS 395 Honors Individual Study *

Hours: 2

SHS 475
SHS 475 Prepracticum in SHS

Hours: 1-2

*No more than 3 credits from SHS 291, SHS 390 and SHS 395 may be counted toward the 6 credits of specified electives.

Total Hours: 19

Requirements Summary

Code Course
General Education

Hours: 40-54

Core Courses

Hours: 25

Concentration Area

Hours: 22-23

Electives

Hours: 21-41

Total Hours: 128

Speech & Hearing Science Minor

The undergraduate minor in Speech and Hearing Science is a valuable enhancement to the program of any student desiring to learn more about human communication. The student is invited to explore the physical, behavioral, cognitive, and social aspects of human communication including; speech, language, hearing, conversation, and related functions across the lifespan.

All students minoring in Speech and Hearing Science are required to take SHS 170 Intro to Human Communications Systems and Disorders (3 hours). Choose from the sections below to complete your minor.

Select two of the following

Code Course
SHS 222
SHS 222 Language and Culture of Deaf Communities

Hours: 3

SHS 240
SHS 240 Intro to Sound & Hearing Science

Hours: 3

SHS 300
SHS 300 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Mechanism

Hours: 4

SHS 320
SHS 320 Development of Spoken Language

Hours: 3

SHS 352
SHS 352 Hearing Health & Society

Hours: 3

Total Hours: 6-7

Choose from the following

Select 8-9 hours from the courses below

Code Course
SHS 120
SHS 120 Children, Communication, & Language Ability

Hours: 3

SHS 200
SHS 200 General Phonetics

Hours: 3

SHS 271
SHS 271 Communication and Aging

Hours: 3

SHS 280
SHS 280 Communication Neuroscience

Hours: 3

SHS 301
SHS 301 General Speech Science

Hours: 3

SHS 333
SHS 333 Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across Communication Contexts

Hours: 3

SHS 375
SHS 375 Communication Partners & Health

Hours: 3

SHS 380
SHS 380 Comm Competence and Disorders

Hours: 3

SHS 389
SHS 389 Neuroplasticity and Communication

Hours: 3

SHS 427
SHS 427 Language and the Brain

Hours: 3

SHS 450
SHS 450 Intro Audiology & Hearing Disorders

Hours: 4

SHS 451
SHS 451 Aural Rehabilitation Children to Adults

Hours: 3

SHS 473
SHS 473 Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Hours: 3

Total Hours: 8-9

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