Mar 30, 2023
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About the Program
This major provides a sound background for students pursuing careers in education, health care, and vocational rehabilitation. Graduates with the SLHS major will have the prerequisite coursework to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology, which opens careers in schools, community clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. This major is also designed for students planning to work in the schools as a speech-language pathology assistant. For more information on the undergraduate program or careers within SLHS visit: https://www.msudenver.edu/speech-language-hearing-sciences/.
The B.A. in SLHS is a comprehensive degree program in which knowledge of communication and its disorders is converged with everyday applications. Specific programmatic learning outcomes are:
- Explain the biological bases underlying typical and disordered communication.
- Describe the nature and variety of spoken-language development in typically-developing children.
- Analyze case studies to determine the etiologies of communication disorders and/or choose appropriate assessment tools and intervention strategies.
- Utilize an evidence-based framework/professional research to answer clinical questions.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors and clinical skills appropriate for a beginning practicum.
- Demonstrate college-level written language skills.
- Demonstrate college-level oral presentation skills.
General Degree Requirements
To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation.
- A grade of C better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.
- A minor is required for this program.
- Undergraduate courses in: a) social/behavioral sciences, b) biology, c) physics or chemistry, and d) statistics are required for clinical certification of audiologists and speech-language pathologists by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
General Studies Requirements: 33 credits
Students should consult the General Studies Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.
- Written Communication (6 credits)
- Oral Communication (3 credits)
- Quantitative Literacy (3 credits)
- Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
- Historical (3 credits)
- Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits)
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
- Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)
** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences.
Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits
- Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ Requirement for degree completion.
- Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement.
Required Ancillary Courses: 8 credits
Required ancillary courses may be used to fulfill General Studies requirements.
Required Courses: 30 credits
Elective Courses: 5-9 credits
Select 5-9 credits from the following courses:
Senior Experience: 3-7 credits
Summary of Requirements
|General Studies Requirements
|Major Required Courses
|Minor and Unrestricted Electives
|Total for the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Major, B.A.
Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.
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