Undergraduate Minor

What will I study?

We’ll cover the normal bases of speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders. You’ll learn basic clinical methods and have the opportunity to observe practicing clinicians working with both child and adult clients with communication and swallowing disorders.  The speech pathology minor may be taken in conjunction with a Health Science major, Psychology major, or any other major. 

Foundational Courses

Course Course Prerequisite Subject Area Semester
e.g., BI 030, BI 111 Biological Sciences 3
e.g., PY 102 AO Physical Sciences 3
e.g., MA 131 Statistics 3
e.g., PS 110, PS 252 Social/Behavioral Sciences 6

Required Courses*
Course Number Course Subject Area Semester Hours
SLP 200 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3
SLP 210 Phonetics 3
SLP 300 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Swallowing 3
SLP 320 Speech Science 3
SLP 330 Development of Language 3
SLP 350 Introduction to Clinical Methods and Observation 3

*Listed courses are required for Minor concentration; however, SLP 310 and SLP 340 are needed for admission to graduate SLP programs; ED courses are required for Certification to work in public schools as an SLP

Recommended Courses
(ED courses required for Teacher Certification)

Course Course Prerequisite Subject Area Semester
ED 152/552 Education in the US 3
ED 205/569 Education of Students with Special Needs 3
SLP 310 Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Science 3
SLP 340 Neurological Basis of Communication and Swallowing 3

Is a minor right for me?

A minor in SLP, along with the listed foundational and recommended courses, will prepare you to enter a graduate program in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. To enter this career, you must be a strong communicator and have a sincere interest in helping people who have significant communication challenges. Scientific aptitude, patience, emotional stability, tolerance and persistence are necessary, as well as resourcefulness and imagination. Other essential traits include a commitment to work cooperatively with others and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 

When should I declare a minor?

You can declare a minor in SLP any time after declaring your major.