Audiology Concentration

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 with opportunities for clinical observation and community engagement.

More information about the field of audiology can be found on the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s web site.

General Education Requirements (37-51 credit hrs)

Core Courses (25 credit hrs) – These are the same across all four SHS concentrations.

  • SHS 170 - Human Comm: Systems, Processes & Disorders (3)
  • SHS 191X - Orientation for SHS Majors (1)
  • SHS 200 - General Phonetics (3)
  • SHS 240 - Intro to Sound and Hearing Science (3)
  • SHS 300 - Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (4)
  • SHS 301 - General Speech Science (4)
  • SHS 320 - Development of Spoken Language (3)
  • SHS 450 - Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Disorders (4)

Concentration Requirements (16-17 credit hrs)

  • SHS 280 - Communication Neuroscience (3)
  • SHS 285 - Quantitative Bases in SHS (3)
  • SHS 352 - Hearing Health and Society (3)
  • SHS 385 - Current Issues in Evidence Based Practice (3)
  • SHS 451 - Aural Rehabilitation of Children to Adults (3)
  • SHS 475 - Pre-practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (1)

Specified Electives (6 credit hrs)

  • SHS 222 - Language and Culture of Deaf Communities (3)
  • SHS 270 - Communication Disability in the Media (4)
  • SHS 271 - Communication and Aging (3)
  • SHS 291 - Research Lab Experience in SHS (1-3)
  • SHS 375 - Communication Partners and Health (3)
  • SHS 473 - Augmentative & Alternative Communication (3)

Electives (22-24 credit hrs)