Concentrations in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

The concentrations in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology provide explicit background in the theoretical and clinical areas necessary for graduate study.  Students will learn foundational knowledge for understanding human speech, language, swallowing, hearing, and balance processes, with a particular eye toward 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, these two concentrations are the most closely connected to practical application with opportunities for clinical observation and community engagement.

More information about the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology may be found on the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s web site:  http://www.asha.org.

Concentration for Audiology

SHS 280Communication Neuroscience (or an approved substitution)3
SHS 285, Quantitative Bases in SHS, or an approved substitution3
SHS 352Hearing Health and Society3
SHS 385, Current Issues in Evidence-Based Practice, or an approved substitution3
SHS 451Aural Rehab Children to Adults (requires senior standing and completion of core classes)2 to 4
SHS 475Prepracticum in SHS (requires senior standing and completion of core classes)1 to 2
Students must also take 6 hours from the following specified electives:6
Language & Culture of Deaf Communities
Comm Disability in the Media
Communication and Aging
Research Lab Experience in SHS (Approved for S/U grading only. Must be arranged with individual faculty member.)
Comm Partners & Health
Augmentative & Alt Comm (Requires senior standing and completion of core classes)
NOTE: For those planning on pursuing graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, many graduate programs reuire 25 clinical observation hours. These should be completed and recorded prior to graduation (some may be completed prior to serving as a clinical participant in the required SHS 475 pre-practicum).
Total Hours22

 

Concentration for Speech-Language Pathology (16-17 hours)

SHS 280Communication Neuroscience (or an approved substitute)3
SHS 380Comm Competence and Disorders3
SHS 385, Current Issues in Evidence-Based Practice (or an approved substitute)3
SHS 451Aural Rehab Children to Adults2 to 4
SHS 473Augmentative & Alt Comm2 to 4
SHS 475Prepracticum in SHS (Requires senior standing and completion of core classes. Offered Fall and Spring.)1 to 2
Students must also take 6 hours from the following specific electives:6
Communication and Aging
SHS 285, Quantitative Bases in SHS (or an approved substitute)
Research Lab Experience in SHS (Approved for S/U grading only. Must be arranged with individual faculty member.)
Comm Partners & Health
Stuttering: Theory & Practice (requires senior standing in the SHS program or instructor consent)
Normal and Disordered Voice (requires senior standing in the SHS program or instructor consent)
Devel & Disorders Phonol Artic (requires senior standing in the SHS program or instructor consent)
Lang Disorders Preschool Child (requires senior standing in the SHS program or instructor consent)
Total Hours16-20