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Programs of Study: Undergrad

Speech and Hearing Science

Head of Department: William Stewart, Interim
Department Office: 901 South Sixth Street, Champaign, (217) 333-2230

Undergraduate Major

The undergraduate curriculum in Speech and Hearing Science can be taken as a broad background in the biological, behavioral, linguistic, and social foundations of human communication to prepare interpersonal human communication specialists who may pursue a career or graduate education in many fields related to human communication and health. The degree requires at least 128 hours, excluding military training. The program has three concentrations: Human Communication Science, Audiology, and Speech-Language Pathology.

The Human Communication Science concentration offers students a broad-based degree that allows them to pursue an area of interest in speech, language and hearing sciences and disorders, or to pair this interest with areas outside the department in preparation for careers in other fields such as dentistry, physical or occupational therapy, physiology, linguistics, or law. The concentration also includes an American Sign Language Track. Students interested in pursuing the Human Communication Science concentration are advised to work in close consultation with an SHS faculty member and the SHS undergraduate academic advisor.

The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology concentrations may be taken as a pre-professional program for individuals who specifically plan to work as speech-language pathologists in medical or school settings or as audiologists. Undergraduate students who wish to become speech-language pathologists or audiologists must plan on continuing their studies at the graduate level as required for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

A concentration must be declared prior to the senior year. Students are advised to consult Undergraduate Advising on a regular basis to ensure they are meeting all requirements.

For an overview of the program and career opportunities, download the brochure. PDF Document. For further information, contact the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, 220 Speech and Hearing Building, 901 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820, (217) 333-2230.


General Education

The Department of Speech and Hearing Science requires that courses from the General Education lists at be taken as noted below.

Hours Communication Arts
4-6 Composition I
3 Advanced Composition

Hours Quantitative Reasoning I & II
6 From approved campus list.  Students pursuing a graduate degree (MA, AuD, PhD) are strongly urged to take a calculus course.

Hours Humanities and the Arts
6 From approved campus list

Hours Social and Behavioral Sciences
6 From approved campus list

Hours Natural Sciences and Technology
6 From approved campus list. Students pursuing a professional graduate degree (MA, AuD) will need 1 physical science and 1 life science course.

Hours Cultural Studies
3 From Western cultures approved campus list
3 From U.S. minority cultures or non-Western cultures approved campus list

Foreign Language: Completion through the third level of the same language in high school or college
American Sign Language
ASL 1, 2, and 3 (SHS 121, 221, 321) plus SHS 222 meet this requirement

37-51 Total General Education hours

Speech and Hearing Science Professional Core Requirements

3 SHS 170 - Hum Comm: Sys, Proc & Dis
1 SHS 191x - Orientation for SHS majors
3 SHS 200 - General Phonetics
3 SHS 240 - Intro Sound & Hearing Science
4 SHS 300 - Anat & Physiol Spch Mechanism
4 SHS 301 - General Speech Science
3 SHS 320 - Development of Spoken Language
4 SHS 450 - Intro Audiol & Hear Disorders
25 Total Core Hours

Areas of Concentration

Hours Human Communication Science

Students work closely with an SHS faculty member and the undergraduate adviser to plan their program, based on student's interests and professional goals. A major in Speech and Hearing Science with a Human Communication Science concentration provides a bachelor’s degree with a strong foundation for many careers.  NOTE: Students choosing this concentration must also be aware of the 21 upper level (300 or 400 level) coursework residency requirement. 

Hours Audiology Concentration
4 SHS 121 ASL I
3-4 SHS 451 - Aural Rehab Children to Adults

SHS 475 - Prepracticum in SHS

6-8 Two of the following:
  SHS 430 – Phono Disorders
  SHS 431 – Preschool Lang Dis
  SHS 470 - Neuro
  SHS 473 – AAC
3 Additional hours in SHS
17-20 Total Audiology Concentration Hours

Hours Speech-Language Pathology Concentration
3 SHS 451 - Aural Rehab Children to Adults

SHS 475 - Prepracticum in SHS

9-12 Three of the following:
  SHS 410 - Introduction to Stuttering
  SHS 411 - Intro to Voice Disorders
  SHS 430 – Phono Disorders
  SHS 431 – Preschool Lang Dis
  SHS 470 - Neuro
  SHS 473 – AAC
3-4 Additional hours in SHS
17-20 Total SLP Concentration Hours

Hours Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology Concentration
Correlate Requirement
4 PSYC 100 - Intro Psych or PSYC 103 - Intro Experimental Psych
3 PSYC 216 - Child Psych or EPSY 236 - Child Dev for Elemen Teachers
3 Choose from:
PSYC 224 - Cognitive Psych
PSYC 230 - Perception & Sensory Processes
PSYC 238 - Abnormal Psych
PSYC 248 - Learning and Memory
10 Total Correlate Hours


All students will need to take 22-42 hours of electives in order to complete the 128 required hours for graduation.  Students are encouraged to choose rigorous courses both within Speech and Hearing Science and outside of the department in areas that complement their interests, such as: physiology, neuroscience, math, computer science, physics, psychology, education, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, and so on. In selecting elective courses, all students are responsible for addressing any prerequisites. Course availability may vary.

Departmental Honors. Students whose overall grade point average is 3.5 or higher are eligible to earn Departmental Distinction by completing a significant independent project/senior thesis. Qualified students will be expected to register for two hours of credit in SHS 395 during each of their last two undergraduate semesters and to complete significant work as part of that course. A statement of these requirements is available in the department office.

Summary of Degree Requirements

Hours Requirements
37-51 General Education
25 Speech and Hearing Science Core
24-30 Area of Concentration (and Correlate, if required by concentration)
22-42 Electives
128 Total hours required for graduation

Speech and Hearing Science Minor

The undergraduate Speech and Hearing Science Minor is designed for students who seek a basic familiarity with the physical, behavioral, biological, and social aspects of human communication. The minor is tailored to each student’s individual needs, thus accommodating students from different disciplines across the campus. There are no prerequisites for this minor. For more information contact Kathi Ritten, Academic Advisor, at

Hours Requirements
3 SHS 170-Hum Comm: Sys, Proc & Disorders
6-7 Select two of the following:

SHS 222-Language & Culture of Deaf Communities
SHS 240-Intro Sound & Hearing Science
SHS 300-Anat & Physiol Spch Mechanism
SHS 320-Development of Spoken Language

8-9 Eight to Nine additional hours of speech and hearing science courses chosen from the following list:

SHS 120-Child, Comm, & Lang Ability
SHS 171-Evolution of Human Comm
SHS 200-General Phonetics
SHS 271-Communication and Aging
SHS 301-General Speech Science
SHS 410-Introduction to Stuttering
SHS 411-Intro to Voice Disorders
SHS 427-Language and the Brain
SHS 450-Intro Audiol & Hear Disorders
SHS 451-Aural Rehab Children to Adults
SHS 470-Neural Bases Spch Lang
SHS 473-Augmentative & Alt Comm

17-19 Total hours

*Students must take at least six credit hours of speech and hearing science courses at the 300 or 400 levels.