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Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (B.S.)

The Speech Language Pathology and Audiology program offers study in the processes and disorders of speech, language, and hearing. The program provides the foundation for graduate study leading to career opportunities and clinical certification as a speech language pathologist or audiologist. Students completing the B.S. degree and required clock hours of clinical practicum are also eligible for Texas state licensure as a speech language pathology assistant. The curriculum in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology focuses on the development of communicative abilities; the anatomical and physiological mechanisms underlying speech, language, and hearing; the causes of communication disorders in children and adults; and theories and techniques of assessment and treatment of communication disorders. Supervised clinical practicum provides students experience in clinical assessment and intervention with persons having communication impairments.

Students majoring in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology are strongly encouraged to select electives in Psychology to complement course work in their major field. PSY 3361 Cognitive Psychology, PSY 4334 Life Span Development, and NSC 3361 Behavioral Neuroscience are especially relevant for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology majors. Suggested electives in the major include SPAU 3390 Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology, SPAU 4325 Special Populations, SPAU 4342 Assessment Procedures in Speech Language Pathology, and SPAU 4395 Issues in the Management of Hearing Impaired Persons.

Students who wish to combine Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with Psychology or Neuroscience should be able to meet requirements in both majors, and, with the approval of the Associate Dean, complete a double major. Students considering a double major should consult with their advisor regarding specific requirements. Students can complete Core Curriculum and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major requirements in a minimum of 78 semester credit hours, leaving 42 elective hours.

Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours
    A. Communication (6 hours)
        3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)
        3 hours Communication Elective (SPAU 3390)2
    B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
        6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)
        6 hours American History
        3 hours Social and Behavioral Science Elective (PSY 2301)2
    C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
        3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
        3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)
    D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
        3 hours College Math (see Advisor for recommended courses)
        3 hours Quantitative Methods (see Advisor for recommended courses)
    E. Science (9 hours with at least one lab course)
        3 hours Science (SPAU 3344)2
        6 hours Science Elective (see Advisor for options)

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at U.T. Dallas.

II. Major Requirements: 42 hours (33 hours beyond the Core Curriculum)
    Major Preparatory Courses
        PSY 2301 Introduction to Psychology2
    Major Core Courses (39 hours)
        SPAU 3301 Communication Disorders
        SPAU 3303 Normal Language Development
        SPAU 3304 Communication Sciences
        SPAU 3340 Articulation Disorders
        SPAU 3341 Audiology
        SPAU 3343 Phonetics
        SPAU 3344 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing2
        SPAU 3345 Neural Basis of Communication
            or NSC 3361 Behavioral Neuroscience
        SPAU 3388 Clinical Observation in Speech-Language Pathology (3 semester hrs)
        SPAU 3390 Clinical Practicum in Speech Language Pathology (3 semester hrs)2
        SPAU 4308 Language Disorders in Children
        SPAU 4394 Multicultural Aspects of Communication Disorders
            or SPAU 4393 Language in Cultural and Society
        SPAU elective (3 hours of course with SPAU prefix)

2 A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Three hours are counted in Core Curriculum.

III. Elective Requirements: 45 hours
    Advanced Electives (6 hours)
        Breadth Electives: 6 hours of upper-division courses, or lower-division courses that have
        prerequisites that are outside of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
    Free Electives (39 hours)
        At least 39 hours of lower- or upper-division courses of the student’s choice. Students are
        encouraged to explore areas of concentration in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
        as well as explore interests outside the field. At least 51 hours of upper-division credit hours
        are required for graduation.

Minor in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Students interested in communication sciences and disorders may elect to minor in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Students complete 18 credit hours including 12 required hours of foundation coursework and 6 elective hours. Foundation coursework in conjunction with elective hours permits students to choose to emphasize hearing science/audiology, language development and disorders, or speech production and perception. Students majoring in Psychology, Neuroscience, or Cognitive Science, or students with interests in the health sciences may find that a minor in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology adds a valuable interdisciplinary dimension to their overall plan of study and may enhance their opportunities for graduate study. No credit hours may be used to satisfy both major and minor requirements; however, free elective hours or major preparatory classes may be used to satisfy the minor. At least one-third of the hours for a minor must be taken at U.T. Dallas.

Foundation Courses (12 hours required)
    SPAU 3301 Communication Disorders
    SPAU 3303 Normal Language Development
    SPAU 3304 Communication Sciences
    SPAU 3343 Phonetics
Elective Courses (select 6 hours)
    SPAU 3340 Articulation Disorders
    SPAU 3341 Audiology
    SPAU 3344 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
    SPAU 3388 Clinical Observation in Speech-Language Pathology
    SPAU 3390 Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology
    SPAU 4308 Language Disorders in Children
    SPAU 4393 Language in Culture and Society
    SPAU 4395 Issues in the Management of Persons with Hearing-Impairment

Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master’s Degrees

U.T. Dallas undergraduate students with strong academic records who intend to pursue a master’s degree in Communication disorders at the University may consider an accelerated undergraduate graduate plan of study. When accepted into the program, students may take up to 12 hours of graduate courses that may be used to complete the baccalaureate degree and also to satisfy requirements for the master’s degree. Students must earn grades of B or better in graduate courses taken. For application forms and information on application procedures, please contact the Associate Dean’s Office.

General Information
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