Bachelor of Arts in Speech & Hearing Sciences
Preparing to Study
Individuals wishing to study speech and hearing sciences at WSU should keep the following suggestions in mind during preparation studies:
- A strong and broad high school background in humanities, social sciences, languages, and math and sciences is strongly suggested and highly beneficial.
- A student may certify as a major after earning 24 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
- Students wishing to apply to the graduate program—which leads to certification as a speech-language pathologist—must carry a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Consultation with an advisor within the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences should occur as early as possible in academic planning.
The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences has moved to WSU Spokane. As of fall 2011, undergraduate students wanting to pursue a degree in speech and hearing sciences must take Ucores and electives on the WSU Pullman campus or at another institution prior to transitioning to Spokane to complete upper-division degree requirements. In addition, students starting out at WSU Pullman must also take SHS 205 (Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology) before moving to Spokane. With the exception of the Tier III requirement, Ucores are not offered at WSU Spokane. Some limited online course options may be available.
Students completing their degree in speech and hearing sciences at WSU Spokane may start their upper-division course work in the fall semester only.
At least 45 of the total hours required for the bachelor's degree in this program must be in 300- to 400-level courses. Students must fulfill the university requirement of completing two Writing in the Major courses, designated [M]. Both SHS 473 and SHS 482 carry [M] designation.
SHS 201: American Sign Language I
SHS 202: American Sign Language II
SHS 205: Intro to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
SHS 371: Language Development
SHS 372: Hearing and Hearing Disorders
SHS 375: Phonetics
SHS 376: Speech Sound Disorders
SHS 377: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Production
SHS 378: Speech and Hearing Sciences
SHS 451: Neurogenic Communication Disorders
SHS 461: Clinical Methods
SHS 471: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in Schools
SHS 472: Audiometry
SHS 473: Language and Literacy
SHS 477: Aural Rehabilitation
SHS 478: Language Impairment
SHS 479: Neuroanatomy
SHS 480: Senior Seminar
SHS 482: Assessment of Speech and Language
Go to the Course of Study page to see courses taken by year/semester.
Minimum 15 credit hours of electives, including one approved statistics course. Electives may be selected from the following. Students are highly encouraged to complete their electives before transferring to Spokane, as most of these courses are only available in Pullman. Some elective courses may also be available online or as part of summer session on the Pullman Campus.
Anth 403: Cross-Cultural Human Development
Anth 405: Medical Anthropology
Anth 450: Descriptive Linguistics
Biol: Any course not used as Ucore
Acctg 230: Intro to Financial Accounting
Acctg 231: Intro to Managerial Accounting
MgtOp 101: Intro to Business
MgtOp 301: Principles of Management and Organization
Chem: Any course not used as Ucore
Cpt S: Any course not used as Ucore
Engl 255: English Grammar
Engl 256: Intro to Syntax and Semantics (same as Anth 256)
Engl 402: Technical and Professional Writing [W]
For L: Any course not used as Ucore
H D 201: Prenatal through Age 8
H D 202: Middle Childhood through Adolescence
H D 203: Adulthood through the Older Years
H D 204: Family Systems
H D 301: Family Stress and Coping
H D 305: Gerontology
H D 350: Diversity in Contemporary Families
H D 403: Families in Poverty
H D 420: Application of Human Development Theories
Phys: Any course not used as Ucore
Psych 105: Introductory Psychology [S]
Psych 311: Elementary Statistics
Psych 312: Experimental Methods
Psych 321: Introduction to Personality
Psych 333: Abnormal Psychology
Psych 361: Principles of Development
Psych 363: Psychology of Aging
Psych 372: Intro to Physiological Psych
Psych 384: Sensation and Perception
Psych 390: Operant Behavior
Psych 412: Psychological Testing and Measurement
Psych 464: Behavior Disorders of Children
Psych 490: Cognition and Memory
Soc 356: Sociology of Aging and the Life Course
Sp Ed 301: Education of Exceptional Children
SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCES
SHS 490: Counseling for Human Service Prof
Stat 212: Intro to Statistical Methods [N]
TEACHING AND LEARNING
T and L 330: Diversity in Schools and Society
T and L 333: Intro to English as a Second Language
T and L 335: Bilingual/Bicultural Education (CES 356)
Rotating elective course (1–3 credits)
All courses taken in the major field or courses needed to meet departmental requirements may NOT be taken on a pass/fail basis, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. Electives also may NOT be taken on a pass/fail basis.
The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is committed to ensuring equal opportunity and access to programs for all students. Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have a documented disability. Accommodations must be approved through Liz West, assistant director of Student Affairs, Academic Center 130, 509-358-7534 or email@example.com. For more information, go to the WSU Spokane disability resources page.