BA in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

 

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The Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) major provides students with an in-depth knowledge of language, the processes of speech production and hearing and human connection. Designed to suit a variety of interests, the three concentrations within the major can be flexible to match students’ academic goals. Many SLHS majors go on to careers in clinics and therapy programs, and to medical school or other advanced degree programs.

 

 


BA Concentrations

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Communication Sciences & Disorders

This concentration prepares students for graduate or professional study in speech-language pathology, audiology, deaf education, public health and more.

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Neuroscience of Language and Communication

In this focus, students build a strong foundation in the neural underpinnings of language, communication and neurolinguistics. 

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Language Across Cultures and the Life Span

Students in this concentration learn key aspects of language development and practice American Sign Language and other communication tools. 

 


Undergraduate Departmental Honors

To be considered for graduation with special honors, students must meet the departmental requirements: 

  • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.75 overall
  • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.8 within the major and no grade below a B
  • Complete at least one credit of an independent study/project

Many honors students also complete research projects or fellowships during their studies.

 


Course Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled for the major:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

44 credits, including 9 credits in core courses, and 35 credits in a concentration.

Core Curriculum

Required
SPHR 1071Foundations of Human Communication
SPHR 2101Research Methods
SPHR 2135Language: Structure, Meaning, and Use

Communication Sciences and Disorders Concentration

Required
SPHR 2104Speech and Language Disorders
or SPHR 2104W Speech and Language Disorders
SPHR 2105Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing
SPHR 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
SPHR 2107Acoustics
SPHR 2108Introduction to Audiology
SPHR 2131Language Acquisition and Development
SPHR 2136Phonetics
SPHR 3109Auditory Learning/Aural Rehabilitation
SPHR 4118WSenior Research Seminar in Communication Sciences and Disorders
SPHR 4119Principles and Methods in Speech-Language Pathology
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
Electives
One course from the following:
SPHR 1072Multicultural Issues in Human Communication
SPHR 1082American Sign Language II
SPHR 2132Literacy
SPHR 2133Autism
SPHR 3116Brain and Language
SPHR 4201Early Social and Cognitive Development
SPHR 4221Language and Communication in Aging

Neuroscience of Language and Communication Concentration

Required
PSYC 2014Cognitive Psychology
SPHR 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
SPHR 2117Hearing and Perception
SPHR 3116Brain and Language
SPHR 4201Early Social and Cognitive Development
SPHR 4221Language and Communication in Aging
SPHR 4120WSenior Research Seminar in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
Electives
Three courses from the following:
SPHR 2104Speech and Language Disorders
SPHR 2105Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing
SPHR 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
SPHR 2107Acoustics
SPHR 2132Literacy
SPHR 2133Autism
One course from the following:
PSYC 2013Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2015Biological Psychology
PSYC 3118Neuropsychology
PSYC 3121Memory and Cognition

Language Across Cultures and the Life Span Concentration 

Required
SPHR 1072Multicultural Issues in Human Communication
SPHR 1082American Sign Language II
SPHR 1084Perspectives in Deaf Culture
SPHR 2131Language Acquisition and Development
SPHR 2132Literacy
SPHR 4201Early Social and Cognitive Development
SPHR 4221Language and Communication in Aging
SPHR 4120WSenior Research Seminar in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Electives
Three courses from the following:
SPHR 2104Speech and Language Disorders
SPHR 2105Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing
SPHR 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
SPHR 2107Acoustics
SPHR 2108Introduction to Audiology
SPHR 2133Autism
SPHR 2136Phonetics
SPHR 3109Auditory Learning/Aural Rehabilitation
SPHR 3116Brain and Language
One course from the following:
ANTH 1004Language in Culture and Society
ANTH 3601Language, Culture, and Cognition
ANTH 3602Ethnographic Analysis of Speech
ANTH 3603Psycholinguistics
PSYC 2514Adult Development and Aging