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Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Minor in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements SLHSMIN

The Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences is designed for students interested in gaining knowledge about topics related to human communication, including hearing, language, and speech in children and adults. Completion of the minor can be used to fulfill prerequisites for graduate studies in audiology, deaf education, and speech-language pathology, and provides preparation for students to work in careers such as psychology, education, medicine, and other health related professions.


The minor requires at least 16 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Gateway. One (1) course:
    • SLHS-S 104 Human Communication and Its Disorders
    • Both of the following:
      • SLHS-S 106 Hearing Science: An Overview
      • SLHS-S 108 Speech and Language Sciences: An Overview
  2. Core.
    1. Speech Anatomy and Physiology. One (1) course:
      • SLHS-S 201 Speech Anatomy and Physiology
    2. 300-Level Courses. Two (2) courses:
      • SLHS-S 307 Cognitive and Communicative Aspects of Aging
      • SLHS-S 333 Childhood Language
      • SLHS-S 350 Speech Science
  3. Topical Seminar. One (1) course:
    • SLHS-S 423 Topical Seminar in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
    • SLHS-S 425 Topical Seminar in Speech Science
    • SLHS-S 427 Topical Seminar in Language Sciences
    • SLHS-S 429 Topical Seminar in Hearing Science
    • SLHS-S 470 Assessment and Treatment of Hearing Loss
  4. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100-499 level with the SLHS-S subject area prefix--as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.