An undergraduate minor may be taken in conjunction with a Health Science major, Psychology major, or other major. However, it should be noted that two additional courses beyond those required for the Minor concentration, SLP 310 and SLP 340, are needed for admission to graduate SLP programs. In addition, ED courses are required for Certification to work in public schools as an SLP. This complete set of requirements for admission to graduate programs in SLP can be completed as part of a pre-professional plan of study by SHU undergraduates, or as a post-baccalaureate plan of study by college graduates.
SLP 112 Speaking on Film: The Treatment of Communication Disorders in the Popular Cinema
This elective course will present an overview of communication disorders such as deafness, autism, aphasia, and stuttering. Students will watch films with people who have these disorders as protagonists, and discuss the portrayal of the disorder, as well as the symptoms portrayed in each film. Students will research one of the disorders portrayed to compare and contrast its portrait in the film with the findings of their research. A service learning project within the course will involve selecting and presenting an evening of films designed for families of children with disabilities.
SLP 200 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3 CR
This course provides a general introduction to normal and disordered speech, language, and hearing in children and adults. This course considers normal development of communication behavior, the nature of communication disorders, and reviews the various conditions associated with communication disorders. Ethical standards for the practice of speech-language pathology, contemporary professional issues, and information regarding certification, specialty recognition, licensure and professional credentials in speech-language pathology will be presented. Lecture format. Prerequisites: PS 252 OR HS 310 OR EX 320
SLP 210 Phonetics 3 CR
Students will be introduced to the acoustic and articulatory properties of the sound systems of human languages. The International Phonetic Alphabet will be presented, and students will learn to record speech in broad phonemic transcription. Variations among general American dialects, as well as notation and practice of narrow phonetic transcription will be introduced. The implications of cultural and linguistic differences on speech production will be discussed. 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory experience. Prerequisite or co-requisite: SLP 200
SLP 300 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Swallowing 3 CR
Students will become familiar with the anatomical and physiological bases of human communication and swallowing, including the support structures of the respiratory, articulatory phonatory, and swallowing systems, and the identification and function of muscles in these systems. 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory experience. Prerequisite or co-requisite: SLP 200
SLP 310 Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Science 3 CR
This course presents an introduction to the psychophysics of sound, and practice of audiology. It covers the anatomy, physiology and common pathologies of the auditory system, impact of hearing loss, types and characteristics of hearing loss, conventional procedures used to assess hearing, interpretation of audiological test findings, and criteria for initiating audiological referrals. Issues of ethics, professional practice, licensing, and credentials for audiology practice will be reviewed. 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory experience. Prerequisite or co-requisite: SLP 200; SLP 300
SLP 320 Speech Science 3 CR
This course presents an introduction to the physics and psychology of human speech production and perception. It covers basic acoustics, the glottal sound source, resonance and acoustics of the vocal tracts, acoustic features of vowels, consonants, and suprasegmentals of speech, as well as the physics and biomechanics of phonation, articulation, and resonance and the instruments, applications, and programs used to assess speech production. Principles and models of speech perception, with special emphasis on categorical perception, will also be discussed. 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory experience. Prerequisite or co-requisite: SLP 210
SLP 330 The Development of Language 3 CR
This course will introduce students to the social, biological, perceptual, and cognitive bases of language. A range of theories of language acquisition will be presented and the impact of nature and nurture on children’s development will be discussed. The typical sequence of language acquisition in the areas of phonology, semantics, syntax and pragmatics will be presented. The relations between oral language development and the acquisition of literacy will be emphasized. Dialectical variations in language development and second language learning will be highlighted. Lecture/Discussion format. Prerequisite or co-requisite: SLP 200
SLP 340 Neurological Bases of Communication and Swallowing 3 CR
This course describes the development and anatomy and physiology of the neurological system that underlies communication and swallowing and is a prerequisite for further study in medical speech, language and swallowing disorders. 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory experience. Prerequisite or co-requisite: SLP 300; SLP 310
SLP 350 Clinical Methods and Observation 3 CR
This course will orient students to clinical practicum, including the scope of assessment and intervention across the life span. It will include an overview of goal writing, lesson planning, writing SOAP notes, report writing, progress monitoring, and ethical conduct. Legislative, regulatory, and reimbursement issues that affect the practice of speech-language pathology in educational and medical settings will be presented. As part of this course, students will complete a series of intensive observations in various educational and medical settings. Lecture/Discussion format. Prerequisite or co-requisite: SLP 200
This program has been licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education and is seeking candidacy status from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The start date for the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs of study is Fall 2013; the Graduate program anticipated start date is Fall 2014, pending the awarding of candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology..