Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language & Hearing Science

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language and 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 and audiology or in related areas such as education (e.g., special education, foreign language education) and other health professions.

Coursework topics include:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism
  • Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology
  • Psychology of language and language development
  • Acoustics and perception of speech
  • Introduction to clinical populations and practice

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

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders also offers two certificates, one in American Sign Language and one in Linguistics. Students majoring in Speech, Language & Hearing Science can pursue one or both of the certificates in addition to the major. The certificates are also open to students in majors other than SLH.

Summary of Requirements 

University Requirements

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

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 1296 and CSCD 4496.

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 1107Introduction to Communication Disorders3
CSCD 1108Introduction to Linguistics3
CSCD 1296Studies in Psycholinguistics3
CSCD 2108Phonetics3
CSCD 2203Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism3
CSCD 2301Development of Speech and Language3
CSCD 2303Foundations in Hearing Science3
CSCD 3203Audiology3
CSCD 3403Foundations in Speech Science3
CSCD 3503Foundations in Human Neuroscience3
CSCD 4221Speech and Language Disorders: Children3
or CSCD 4222 Speech and Language Disorders: Adults
CSCD 4302Aural Rehabilitation3
CSCD 4496Diagnosis and Treatment in Speech-Language Pathology 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.
One Physics or Chemistry Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Physics: Matter and Motion
Introduction to General Physics I
Chemistry: The Study of Matter I
Introduction to Chemistry I
Another course in physics or chemistry may be substituted with advisor approval.
Foreign Language
Two semesters of a foreign language / ASL at the introductory level or one at the intermediate level.3-8
Statistics
Select one of the following courses:3
Statistics for Psychology
Foundations in Statistical Methods
Social Statistics
Elements of Statistics
Biostatistics and Public Health
Total Credit Hours58-64

Suggested Academic Plan 

Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language & Hearing Science

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
CSCD 1107Introduction to Communication Disorders3
CSCD 1108Introduction to Linguistics3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
CSCD 1296Studies in Psycholinguistics [WI]3
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
CSCD 2203Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism3
CSCD 2108Phonetics3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
Foreign Language/ASL I3-4
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15-16
Spring
CSCD 2303Foundations in Hearing Science3
CSCD 2301Development of Speech and Language3
Foreign Language/ASL II3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
 Term Credit Hours15-17
Year 3
Fall
CSCD 3403Foundations in Speech Science3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CSCD 3503Foundations in Human Neuroscience3
CSCD 3203Audiology3
GenEd Breadth Course3
PSY 2301Foundations of Developmental Psychology3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
CSCD 4302Aural Rehabilitation3
Select one of the following:3
Speech and Language Disorders: Children 
Speech and Language Disorders: Adults 
Select one of the following:3
Statistics for Psychology 
Foundations in Statistical Methods 
Elements of Statistics 
Social Statistics 
Biostatistics and Public Health 
Select one of the following:4
Human Biology 
General Biology II 
Free Elective2
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CSCD 4496Diagnosis and Treatment in Speech-Language Pathology [WI]3
Select one of the following Physics or Chemistry courses:3-4
Physics: Matter and Motion 
Introduction to General Physics I 
Chemistry: The Study of Matter I 
Introduction to Chemistry I 
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15-16
 Total Credit Hours: 122-126