The Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences is designed for students interested in exploring topics related to human communication. Coursework provides an overview of the fields of hearing, deafness, language and speech, with opportunities to pursue in-depth study of acoustics, audiology, speech and language disorders or American Sign Language.

This curriculum is especially valuable for students in fields like psychology, education, philosophy‐neuroscience‐psychology (PNP) and linguistics, but students of all majors are encouraged to consider the minor. Coursework completed as part of this minor can also be used to fulfill some prerequisites for graduate studies in audiology, deaf education and speech‐language pathology.

The minor was invaluable in helping create opportunities for me to explore different fields and careers, and also in really understanding the nuances of human communication and the communities within speech and hearing sciences!

Jane Zankman, MSDE (2020), Speech and Hearing Sciences Minor alumna (2018)


A minimum of 15 semester hours of coursework is required, three (3) of which must be L12 234 Introduction to Speech and Hearing Sciences. Other coursework may be drawn from the course list below.

  • L12 234 Introduction to Speech and Hearing Sciences (3 hours)
  • M89 324 Acoustics and Speech Perception (3 hours) 
  • M89 344 Clinical Observation and Methods in Speech-Language Pathology (3 hours)
  • M89 360 Introduction to Audiology (3 hours)
  • M89 401 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing (2-3 hours)
  • M89 4301 Sign Language I (2 hours)
  • M89 4302 Sign Language II (2 hours)
  • M89 434 Typical Language Development (3 hours)
  • M89 443 Speech and Language Disorders (3 hours)
  • L44 170D Introduction to Linguistics (3 hours)
  • L44 312 Phonetics (3 hours)


Kate McClannahan, AuD, PhD

Kate McClannahan, AuD, PhD

Director of Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology

Advisor – Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences

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