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Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

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

The Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences curriculum provides a general liberal arts base, with strong preparation in the normal processes of speech, language, and hearing along with specialized training in communication disorders. The B.A. is for students who are seeking a broad liberal arts and sciences education that centers on the processes of normal and disordered communication.


The major requires at least 31 credit hours (46 with the Addenda requirements), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Gateway. One (1) of the following options:
    • 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. Introduction to Phonetics. One (1) course:
      • SLHS-S 111 Introduction to Phonetics for Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
    2. Speech Anatomy and Physiology. One (1) course:
      • SLHS-S 201 Speech Anatomy and Physiology
    3. Cognitive and Communicative Aspects of Aging. One (1) course:
      • SLHS-S 307 Cognitive and Communicative Aspects of Aging
    4. Introduction to Research in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. One (1) course:
      • SLHS-S 311 Introduction to Research in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
      • PSY-P 211 Methods of Experimental Psychology (with departmental approval)
    5. Childhood Language. One (1) course:
      • SLHS-S 333 Childhood Language
    6. Speech Science. One (1) course:
      • SLHS-S 350 Speech Science
    7. Hearing Science. One (1) course:
      • SLHS-S 375 Hearing Science
  3. Advanced. Two (2) courses (selecting a different topic of the same course will not fulfill this requirement):
    • 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. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Psychology. One (1) course:
      • COGS-Q 101 Introduction to Cognitive Science
      • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I
      • PSY-P 155 Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences
    2. Linguistics. One (1) course:
      • LING-L 103 Introduction to the Study of Language
      • LING-L 203 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
    3. Statistics. One (1) course:
      • STAT-S 303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences
      • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques
    4. Biology. One (1) course:
      • 3 credit hours in biology
    5. Physics. One (1) course:
      • PHYS-P 105 Basic Physics of Sound
  5. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major 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 major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    5. College Breadth. At least 58 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

Major 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 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

The above courses cannot be applied toward the College Breadth requirement in the major.


The following courses cannot be applied toward major requirements or the College Breadth requirement:

  • SLHS-X 471 Undergraduate Teaching Internship in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • The following courses cannot be applied toward major requirements, but will count toward the College Breadth requirement:
    • SLHS-A 100 American Sign Language Level One
    • SLHS-A 150 American Sign Language Level Two
    • SLHS-A 200 American Sign Language Level Three
    • SLHS-A 250 American Sign Language Level Four
    • SLHS-A 300 American Sign Language Level Five
    • SLHS-A 350 Structure of American Sign Language
    • SLHS-A 400 Deaf Culture

The following restrictions apply to the minimum credit hours required in the major:

  • May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours:
    • SLHS-X 490 Readings in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
    • SLHS-X 498 Research in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Exceptions to and substitutions for major 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.