The SPHSC Department offers students two major options.  After successful completion of the SPHSC core courses, students are placed into one of the two options based on their GPA and/or preferences, and must complete the required coursework listed below.  Please note that both options prepare students for either paraprofessional employment or graduate study in speech and hearing sciences.

Option 1: SPHSC - General Academic

The Option 1 coursework provides students with a comprehensive overview of the discipline of human communication and its disorders. This option is appropriate for:

  • Students interested in pursuing other academic disciplines such as education, medicine, dentistry, physical or occupational therapy, or biological and social sciences. 
  • Students completing a double major and/or double degree, who intend to pursue graduate level study in speech and hearing sciences but wish to complete fewer credits.
  • Any student who does not meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.00 required for Option 2 (see below).

Students complete a minimum of 22 credits from the list below.

Course # Course Name Quarter Offered Credits

SPHSC 305

Speech and Language Disorders

Autumn quarter

5 credits

SPHSC 462

Hearing Development

Autumn quarter

3 credits

SPHSC 471

Basic Audiometry

Autumn quarter

4 credits

SPHSC 308 (W)

Social-Cultural Aspects of Communication

Winter quarter

3 credits

SPHSC 405 (W)

Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders

Winter quarter

3 credits

SPHSC 425

Speech, Language, Hearing & the Brain

Winter quarter

4 credits

SPHSC 481

Management of Hearing Loss

Winter quarter

4 credits

SPHSC 406 (W)

Treatment of Speech & Language Disorders

Spring quarter

4 credits

SPHSC 499

Independent Study

All quarters

6 credits max.

(W) – Denotes SPHSC courses that satisfy the UW additional writing requirement. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences must complete at least 10 credits of writing-intensive “W” courses, in addition to 5 credits of English composition.

Option 2: SPHSC - Communication Disorders / Pre-professional

The Option 2 coursework provides students with a more in-depth overview of the discipline of human communication and its disorders, particularly in the areas of evaluation and treatment of hearing loss. This option is appropriate for any students who wish to pursue graduate level study in speech and hearing sciences; either a clinically oriented degree leading to professional certification in speech-language pathology or audiology, or a doctoral degree to pursue research/teaching.

Please note that eligible students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in their core SPHSC coursework for Option 2. Students must also maintain a quarterly GPA of 3.00 while enrolled in this pathway. Students failing to maintain the minimum quarterly GPA will be automatically moved to Option 1 by the department.

Students must complete all of the courses listed below, for a total of 27 credits.

Course # Course Name Quarter Offered

 

Credits

SPHSC 305

Speech and Language Disorders

Autumn quarter

5 credits

SPHSC 308 (W)

Social-Cultural Aspects of Communication

Winter quarter

3 credits

SPHSC 405 (W)

Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders

Winter quarter

3 credits

SPHSC 406 (W)

Treatment of Speech and Language Disorders

Spring quarter

4 credits

SPHSC 425

Speech, Language and the Brain

Winter quarter

4 credits

SPHSC 471

Basic Audiometry

Autumn quarter

4 credits

SPHSC 481

Management of Hearing Loss

Winter quarter

4 credits

(W)–Denotes SPHSC courses that satisfy the UW additional writing requirement. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences must complete at least 10 credits of writing-intensive “W” courses, in addition to 5 credits of English composition.