Undergraduate Curriculum

The curriculum is comprised of two tiers in which all students take a core group of seven courses along with one of three different concentrations. The three concentrations and the courses required for each are shown below.

Core Courses (Required for all SPHR majors)

SPHR 1071  Foundations of Human Communication
SPHR 2101  Research Methods in Speech, Language and Hearing Science
SPHR 2131  Language Acquisition and Development
SPHR 2135  Language: Structure, Meaning, and Use
SPHR 2136  Phonetics
SPHR 4118W Senior Seminar
STAT 1053  Introduction to Statistics in Social Science

A concentration must be chosen by the beginning of the junior year.


Concentrations

The concentrations consist of eight courses, four or six required depending on the concentration selected and two or four electives. Required courses for each concentration are listed below; concentration electives are chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor from lists of designated courses.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

SPHR 2104  Speech and Language Disorders
SPHR 2105  Anatomy and Physiology for Speech, Language and Hearing I
SPHR 2106  Anatomy and Physiology for Speech, Language and Hearing II
SPHR 2107  Acoustics
SPHR 2108  Introduction to Audiology
SPHR 4119  Analysis and Modification of Communication Disorders

Two elective courses at least one of which must be in SPHR.

Hearing and Deafness

SPHR 1081  American Sign Language I
SPHR 1084  Perspectives on Deaf Culture
SPHR 2106  Anatomy and Physiology for Speech, Language and Hearing II
SPHR 2107  Acoustics
SPHR 2108  Introduction to Audiology
SPHR 2117  Hearing and Perception  

Two elective courses at least one of which must be in SPHR.

Language and Communication Sciences

SPHR 1072  Multicultural Issues in Human Communication
SPHR 2106  Anatomy and Physiology for Speech, Language and Hearing II
SPHR 3116  Brain and Language
PSYC 2014  Cognitive Psychology

Four elective courses at least two of which must be in SPHR.


Students who plan to go on to graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology should note that The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires undergraduate coursework in Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences (typically chemistry or physics), social/behavioral sciences, and Statistics or Mathematics. This course work should be obtained during the student’s undergraduate program.

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