Speech & Hearing Science: Speech-Language Pathology, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Speech & Hearing Science, Speech-Language Pathology Concentration

department website: http://shs.illinois.edu/

department faculty: https://ahs.illinois.edu/shs-directory

college catalog page: http://catalog.illinois.edu/schools/ahs/academic-units/

college website: http://www.ahs.illinois.edu/

The Speech-Language Pathology concentration provides 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, the Speech-Language Pathology concentration is the most directly associated with opportunities for clinical practice in speech-language pathology.

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.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Speech & Hearing Science, Speech-Language Pathology Concentration

General Education: Students are advised to select their General Education course requirements from the University’s approved list of courses and to work in close consultation with their academic advisor to ensure graduation requirements are addressed.

Communication Skills
Composition I
RHET 105Writing and Research4-6
or CMN 111
CMN 112
Oral & Written Comm I
and Oral & Written Comm II
Advanced Composition3
One course in Advanced Writing/Composition II from university approved Gen Ed list.
Quantitative Reasoning I 3
Choose one of the following:
Data Science Discovery
Statistical Analysis
Quantitative Reasoning II3
One course from the university approved Gen Ed list.
Humanities and the Arts6
Minimum of two courses from university approved Gen Ed list.
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Minimum of two courses from university approved Gen Ed list.
Natural Sciences and Technology6
Choose one from the following and one from the university approved Gen Ed list.
Introductory Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
Chemistry, Everyday Phenomena
Accelerated Chemistry I
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
Accelerated Chemistry II
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab II
College Physics: Mech & Heat
College Physics: E&M & Modern
Physics Made Easy
How Things Work
Physics of Societal Issues
University Physics: Mechanics
University Physics: Elec & Mag
Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
Univ Physics: Quantum Physics
Cultural Studies9
One course from Western Cultures university approved Gen Ed list.
One course from Non-Western Cultures university approved Gen Ed list.
One course from U.S. Minority Cultures university approved Gen Ed list.
Foreign Language0-12
May be satisfied if had three years of one non-English language in high school or completed the equivalent of three semesters of college level foreign language (through the intermediate level).
Total Hours40-54

Speech and Hearing Science Professional Core Requirements

All students must complete a series of SHS core classes regardless of their area of concentration.  Students are advised to work with the undergraduate academic advisor to ensure courses are taken in proper sequential order.  One area of concentration (Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Neuroscience of Communication, or Cultural-Linguistic Diversity) must be declared prior to the senior year.

SHS 170Intro Hum Comm Sys & Disorders3
SHS 191Freshmen Seminar1
SHS 200General Phonetics3
SHS 240Intro Sound & Hearing Science3
SHS 300Anat & Physiol Spch Mechanism4
or LING 300 Anat & Physiol Spch Mechanism
SHS 301General Speech Science4
or LING 303 General Speech Science
SHS 320Development of Spoken Language3
SHS 385Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Sciences and Disorders3
SHS 450Intro Audiol & Hear Disorders4
General Education Hours40-54
Professional Core Hours28
Concentration Hours19
Total Hours128


All students are encouraged to take electives in and outside the department that will count towards the 128 required hours for graduation (the total number of electives students may take may vary with each individual).  Students are encouraged to select electives that will complement their areas of interest and future goals.  Areas listed below are only a sampling of possibilities; they are not to be considered as requirements and students are not limited to these choices.  All students are responsible for addressing course pre-requisites and course availability may vary.

Anthropology (ANTH), Communications (CMN), Kinesiology and Community Health (KIN, CHLH), Educational Organization and Leadership (EOL), Curriculum & Instruction (CI), Educational Policy Studies (EPS), Educational Psychology (EPSY), English (ENGL), English as a Second Language (ESL), Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS), Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), Library and Information Science (LIS), Linguistics (LING), Psychology (PSYC), Recreation, Sport, & Tourism (RST), Rehabilitation Counseling (REHB), Special Education (SPED ), Sociology (SOC), Social Work (SOCW).  Additional areas to explore may include:  courses in a foreign language beyond the completion of the University’s requirement, as well as additional courses in science, such as Biology (IB, MCB), Physics (PHYS), microcomputer applications (e.g. ACE), and courses in cultural studies.

Speech-Language Pathology Concentration

SHS 280Communication Neuroscience3
SHS 380Comm Competence and Disorders3
SHS 451Aural Rehab Children to Adults3
SHS 473Augmentative & Alt Comm3
SHS 475Prepracticum in SHS (Requires senior standing and completion of core classes. Offered Fall and Spring.)1
Students must also take 6 hours from the following specific electives:6
Communication and Aging
Research Lab Experience in SHS (Approved for S/U grading only. Must be arranged with individual faculty member.) 1
Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across Communication Contexts
Comm Partners & Health
Individual Study 1
Honors Individual Study 1
Stuttering: Theory & Practice (Requires senior standing in the SHS program or instructor consent)
Devel & Disorders Phonol Artic
Lang Disorders Preschool Child (requires senior standing in the SHS program or instructor consent)
Total Hours19