Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language & Hearing Science

The Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language & Hearing Science may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty upon the satisfactory completion of 122 semester hours of credit.

A Foundation to Build From

The Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language & Hearing Science (SLH) prepares students for graduate programs in speech-language pathology or in education, social work, or various other health professions. An SLH graduate degree can lead to certification and licensure as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

Coursework topics include:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism
  • Neuro-anatomy and –physiology
  • Psychology of language and language development
  • Psychological factors
  • The basis of speech
  • Acoustics and perception of speech
  • Introduction to clinical populations and practice

Graduates with a major in Speech, Language & Hearing Science will satisfy Standard III-B (Basic Communication Processes) of the Knowledge and Skills Assessment required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a minor as well as two certificates, one in American Sign Language and one in Linguistics. Students majoring in Speech, Language & Hearing Science can also pursue one or both of the certificates, but they may not pursue the minor.

Summary of Requirements 

University Requirements

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive (WI) courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses that are required for the Speech-Language-Hearing major are CSCD 2197 and CSCD 4396.

Students must complete the requirements of the General Education (GenEd) program.

College Requirement

Students must complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001 Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play.

Major Requirements

All of the following major requirements must be passed with a grade of C or better in order to successfully complete the major.

Communication Sciences & Disorders
CSCD 1108Introduction to Linguistics3
CSCD 2197Communication Deviations and Disorders (WI)3
CSCD 2201Research Methods in Communication Sciences3
CSCD 2209Phonetics and Phonology4
CSCD 2219Psycholinguistics4
CSCD 3233Basic Speech Science4
CSCD 3234Basic Hearing Science4
CSCD 3235Human Neuroscience4
CSCD 3301Speech and Language Development3
CSCD 4301Principles of Audiology3
CSCD 4396Orientation to Clinical Management (WI) 13
Related Discipline Courses
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 2301Foundations of Developmental Psychology3
Biological Science
BIOL 1001Human Biology4
or BIOL 1012 General Biology II
Another course in biological science may be substituted with advisor approval.
Foreign Language
Two semesters of a foreign language at the introductory level or one at the intermediate level.
Total Credit Hours48
1

Indicates writing capstone for major.

Recommended Electives

  • PHYS 0872 is not required for the major, but is recommended to fulfill an ASHA physical science requirement for post-graduate work, and will also fulfill one of the two GenEd Science & Technology requirements.
  • Statistics is part of the content of CSCD 2201. An additional statistics course is not required for the major, but is recommended to fulfill an ASHA statistics requirement for post-graduate work. Recommended statistics courses are the following:
    PSY 1003Statistics for Psychology3
    PSY 1004Critical Thinking in Psychology3
    EPBI 2219Biostatistics and Public Health3

Suggested Academic Plan 

Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language & Hearing Science

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
CSCD 1108Introduction to Linguistics3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course13
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
CSCD 2209Phonetics and Phonology4
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
Free Elective (e.g., a statistics course)23
 Term Credit Hours13
Year 2
Fall
CSCD 2201Research Methods in Communication Sciences3
CSCD 2219Psycholinguistics4
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Foreign Language/ASL I (Elective)3-4
 Term Credit Hours16-17
Spring
Foreign Language/ASL II (Elective)3-4
CSCD 2197Communication Deviations and Disorders [WI]3
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
Select one of the following:4
Human Biology 
General Biology II 
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16-17
Year 3
Fall
CSCD 3234Basic Hearing Science4
PSY 2301Foundations of Developmental Psychology3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective33
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CSCD 3233Basic Speech Science4
CSCD 3301Speech and Language Development3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective33
 Term Credit Hours16-17
Year 4
Fall
CSCD 4301Principles of Audiology3
CSCD 3235Human Neuroscience4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CSCD 4396Orientation to Clinical Management [WI]3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours: 122-125
1

PHYS 0872 The Science of Sound is not required for the major, but is recommended to fulfill an ASHA physical science requirement for post-graduate work, and will also fulfill one of the two GenEd Science & Technology requirements.

2

Suggested statistics courses are PSY 1003, PSY 1004, or EPBI 2219.

3

CSCD 1003 and CSCD 1004, or further levels of any language, may be taken as free electives.