Speech and Hearing Science, B.S.

Cultural-Linguistic Diversity Concentration

The Cultural-Linguistic Diversity concentration is designed 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 child 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 is expected to enhance multiple career paths in education, law, business, and health-related fields. In addition, undergraduates interested in pursuing careers as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist can combine this concentration with pre-certification requirements.

SHS 222Language & Culture of Deaf Communities3
SHS 270Comm Disability in the Media4
SHS 271Communication and Aging3
SHS 352Hearing Health and Society3
SHS 380Comm Competence and Disorders3
Six hours from the following:6
Up to 6 hours of a language other than English (only courses taken above and beyond those used to satisfy the University's langauage requirement or taken in a different area for elective credit)
Intro to Intercultural Comm
Disability in American Society
Disability, Culture & Society
Race and Cultural Diversity
Exploring Cultural Diversity
Language in Globalization
Language History
Sociolinguistics I
The Culture of Disability
Race and Ethnicity
Latina/Latinos in the Contemporary United States
Research Lab Experience in SHS (Approved for S/U grading only. Must be arranged with individual faculty member.)
Total Hours22