Speech-Language Pathology 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 Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology concentrations are the most closely connected to practical application with opportunities for clinical observation and community engagement.

More information about the field of speech-language pathology 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 451 - Aural Rehabilitation of Children to Adults (3)
  • SHS 380 - Communicative Competence and Disorders (3)
  • SHS 473 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3)
  • SHS 385 - Current Issues in Evidence Based Practice (3)
  • SHS 475 - Pre-practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (1)

Specified Electives (6 credit hrs)

  • SHS 271 - Communication and Aging (3)
  • SHS 285 - Quantitative Bases in SHS (3)
  • SHS 291 - Research Lab Experience in SHS (1-3)
  • SHS 375 - Communication Partners and Health (3)
  • SHS 410 - Introduction to Stuttering (3)
  • SHS 411 - Introduction to Voice Disorders (3)
  • SHS 430 - Develop. & Disorders/Phonology & Articulation (3)
  • SHS 431 - Language Disorders in Preschool Children (3)

Electives (22-24 credit hrs)