The Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) Curriculum

SLHS Specific Coursework

Students must complete at least 25 credits within the SLHS department (Major courses are numbered 2000 level or above).

Core Course Credits Prerequisites
SLHS 2203: Anatomy & Physiology of Speech, Hearing, & Swallowing 3 Soph or higher
SLHS 2204: Speech and Language Acquisition 3 Soph or higher
SLHS 2156Q: Speech and Hearing Sciences 3 Soph or higher; PHYS 1010Q or 1075Q not required but highly suggested
SLHS 3247: Introduction to Phonetic Principles 3 SLHS 2203 and SLHS 2156Q;  Juniors or higher
SLHS 3248: Introduction to Audiology 3 SLHS 2203 and SLHS 2156Q;  Juniors or higher
SLHS 4249/W: Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation 3/4 SLHS 3248; Juniors or higher; with W: ENGL 1007, 1010, 1011 or 2011

In addition, students must pass all core courses, a W course and complete one of the following elective sequence: Either one Language Disorders course (SLHS 4245/W OR SLHS 4254/W) and a Speech Disorders course (SLHS 4251, usually only a spring course), OR two Language Disorders courses (SLHS 4245/W AND SLHS 4254/W). For students considering a graduate degree in audiology (i.e., Au.D.), they must take the Speech Disorders course and one Language Disorders course. We strongly recommend that these students take SLHS 4251 AND SLHS 4245/W OR SLHS 4254/W.

Elective Course Options Credits Prerequisites
SLHS 4245/W: Neuroscience Study Cognitive & Communication Disorders (L, S) 3/4 SLHS 2203 and SLHS 2204; juniors or higher; (with W: ENGL 1007, 1010, 1011, or 2011)
SLHS 4251: Introduction to Articulation, Voice and Fluency Disorders (S) (usually only a spring course) 3 SLHS 2156Q, SLHS 2203, SLHS 2204, and SLHS 3247, Juniors or higher
SLHS 4254/W: Introductions to Language Disorders in Children (L) 3/4 SLHS 2204; Juniors or higher; (with W: ENGL 1007, 1010, 1011, or 2011)
SLHS 4376: Language Impairments and Literacy 3 SLHS 2204, SLHS 3247, and SLHS 4254

(L) Language Disorders Course

(S) Speech Disorders Course

There are five suggested sequences for SLHS majors which allows students to complete the major requirements in 3 – 5 semesters. Students who hope to pursue a graduate program in Speech Language Pathology or Audiology should note that admission to graduate and doctoral programs in either speech language pathology or audiology is competitive. Successful applicants will have a strong academic record (typically a GPA of 3.5 or higher) and at least 25 observation hours. For this reason, SLHS students are advised to choose an elongated sequence to allow adequate time to master the information and perform their academic best.

Related Coursework

Related courses are courses at the 2000 level or above and are closely related to SLHS but outside of the SLHS department. Our extensive list of related courses paves the way for students to purse minors or, with careful planning, a double major. Common minors and double majors include Linguistics, Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and many more! For a full list of our pre-approved relateds, visit the SLHS Relateds List.

Additional Requirements

To graduate with an SLHS major, students must:

  • Complete:
    • Biology: BIOL 1102 OR 1107 OR 1108
    • Physics: PHYS 1010Q OR 1075Q
    • Statistics: STAT 2215Q (STAT 1100Q or 1000Q is a pre-requisite)
  • Earn a 2.0 cumulative major and cumulative GPA
  • Fulfill all CLAS general education requirements
  • Fulfill all major requirements
  • Complete 12 credits of related coursework
  • Earn 45 credits at the 2000 level or above

Observation Hours

Graduate programs in Speech Language Pathology require documented proof of at least 25 observation hours. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their observation hours during their undergraduate career. Please see the Observation Materials page for information on how to complete observation hours.