Cultural-Linguistic Diversity Concentration

Students will be encouraged to examine ways that individual communication differences, including disorders, interface with sociocultural systems, institutions, and practices. Students will take courses in theory and research methods to explore ways in which sociolinguistic differences shape development, socialization, and identity. This concentration is intended to help provide students with knowledge related to cultural-linguistic differences (race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, neurodiversity) that is needed to serve an increasingly global society concerned with human rights and responsibilities. Such expertise will enhance a wide variety of career paths in fields such as education, law, business, and health-related professions. In addition, undergraduates interested in pursuing careers as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist can combine this concentration with pre-certification requirements.

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 222 - Language and Culture of Deaf Communities (3)
  • SHS 270 - Communication Disability in the Media (4)
  • SHS 271 - Communication & Aging (3)
  • SHS 352 - Hearing Health and Society (3)
  • SHS 380 - Communicative Competence &Disorders (3)

Specified Electives (6 credit hrs)

  • CHLH 330 - Disability in American Society (3
  • CHLH 407 - Disability, Culture & Society (3)
  • CMN 232 - Intro to Intercultural Communication (3)
  • EPS 310 - Race and Cultural Diversity (3)
  • EPSY 202 - Exploring Cultural Diversity (3)
  • LING 210 - Language History (3)
  • LING 111 - Language in Globalization (3)
  • LING 450 - Sociolinguistics I (3)
  • SHS 291 - Research Lab Experience in SHS (1-3)
  • SOC 225 - Race and Ethnicity (3)
  • SOC 227 - Latina/Latinos in Contemporary US (3)
  • SPED 117 - The Culture of Disability (3)

Foreign language courses (beyond those used to address the university’s non-primary language requirement)

Electives (22-24 credit hrs)