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GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Students are advised to select their General Education course requirements from the University's approved list of courses and to work in close consultation with their academic advisor to ensure graduation requirements are addressed.

Communication Skills

7–10 hours

  • One course in Composition I (choose from RHET 105; CMN 111 and 112 is also an option)
  • One course in Advanced Writing/Composition II from approved list (must be taken at U of I)

Natural Sciences and Technology

6 hours

  • Two classes or six hours from the university approved Gen.Ed. list required. While not specifically required for the BS degree, students planning to pursue the Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology concentrations and eventual graduate studies in these areas, are advised to take one course in Life Science (a biological science is suggested) and one course in Physical Science (a course in Physics or Chemistry is recommended) to satisfy eventual ASHA certification requirements.

Quantitative Reasoning I

3 hours

  • One course from the approved Gen.Ed. list. Advisory Note: a course in general statistics will address the BS degree requirement; however, those planning to pursue a graduate degree in communication science and disorders are advised to consider taking additional math (calculus may be required by some programs).

Quantitative Reasoning II

3 hours

  • One course from the approved list required. NOTE: SHS 240 Introduction to Sound and Hearing Science (required core class in SHS) will satisfy this requirement.

Humanities & the Arts

6 hours

  • Minimum of two courses from approved list required.

Social & Behavioral Sciences

6 hours

  • Minimum of two courses from approved list required.

Cultural Studies

6 hours

  • One course in Western Cultures from approved list.
  • One course in Non-western/U.S. Minority Culture from approved list.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Foreign Language

0-12 hours

  • May be satisfied if had three years of one non-English language in high school or completed the equivalent of three semesters of college level foreign language (through the intermediate level).
  • Total minimum hours to satisfy General Education requirements: 37-51 hours

DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

All students must complete a series of SHS core classes regardless of their area of concentration. Students are advised to work with the undergraduate academic advisor to ensure courses are taken in proper sequential order. One area of concentration (Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Neuroscience of Communication, or Cultural-Linguistic Diversity) must be declared prior to the senior year.

Speech and Hearing Science Core Classes

25 hours

  • SHS 170 Human Communication: Systems, Processes and Disorders. 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring.
  • SHS 191 (LEC X) Orientation for SHS Majors. 1 hour.
  • SHS 200 General Phonetics. 3 hours. Offered Spring.
  • SHS 240 Intro to Sound and Hearing Science. 3 hours. Offered Spring. Quantitative Reasoning 2 course.
  • SHS 300 Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism. 4 hours. Offered Fall. Same as LING 300.
  • SHS 301 General Speech Science. 4 hours. Offered Spring. Same as LING 303.
  • NOTE: SHS 301 should be taken after SHS 300.
  • SHS 320 Development of Spoken Language. 3 hours. Offered Fall.
  • SHS 450 Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Disorders. 4 hours. Offered Fall.

CONCENTRATION FOR SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

16-17 hours

  • SHS 475 Pre-practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (requires senior standing & completion of core classes), 1 hour. Offered Fall & Spring.
  • SHS 451 Aural Rehabilitation of Children to Adults.3 hours. Offered Fall. Prerequisite: Senior standing & completion of core classes.
  • SHS 473 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 3 hours. Offered Spring. Prerequisite: Senior level & completion of core classes.
  • SHS 280 Communication Neuroscience (or an approved substitution). 3 hours.
  • SHS 380 Communicative Competence and Disorders. 3 hours.
  • SHS 385 Current Issues in Evidence Based Practice (or an approved substitution). 3 hours.

Students must also take 6 hours from the following specified electives:

  • SHS 285 Quantitative Bases in SHS (or an approved substitution). 3 hours.
  • SHS 291 Research Lab Experience in SHS, 1 to 3 hours. Approved for S/U grading only. Must be arranged with individual faculty member.
  • SHS 375 Communication Partners and Health, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring.
  • SHS 410 Introduction to Stuttering. 3 hours. Offered Spring. Prerequisite: Senior level in the SHS program or instructor consent.
  • SHS 411 Introduction to Voice Disorders. 3 hours. Offered Spring. Prerequisite: Senior level in the SHS program or instructor consent.
  • SHS 430 Develop. & Disorders/Phonology and Articulation. 3 hours. Fall. Prerequisite: Senior level in the SHS program or instructor consent.
  • SHS 431 Language Disorders in Preschool Children. 3 hours. Offered Fall. Prerequisite: Senior level in the SHS program or instructor consent.

CONCENTRATION FOR AUDIOLOGY

16-17 hours

  • SHS 475 Pre-practicum in Audiology (requires senior standing and completion of core classes) 1 hour. Offered Fall & Spring.
  • SHS 451 Aural Rehabilitation of Children to Adults. 3 hours. Offered Fall. Prerequisite: Senior standing & completion of core classes.
  • SHS 280 Communication Neuroscience (or an approved substitution). 3 hours.
  • SHS 285 Quantitative Bases in SHS (or an approved substitution). 3 hours.
  • SHS 352 Hearing Health and Society, 3 hours. Offered Spring.
  • SHS 385 Current Issues in Evidence Based Practice (or an approved substitution). 3 hours.

Students must also take 6 hours from the following specified electives:

  • SHS 222 Section Language and Culture of Deaf Communities, 3 hours. Offered during the first 8 weeks only. Offered Fall and Spring.
  • SHS 270 Communication Disability in the Media, 4 hours. Offered Fall.
  • SHS 271 Communication and Aging, 3 hours. Offered Fall.
  • SHS 291 Research Lab Experience in SHS, 1 to 3 hours. Approved for S/U grading only. Must be arranged with individual faculty member.
  • SHS 375 Communication Partners and Health, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring.
  • SHS 473 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 3 hours. Offered Spring. Prerequisite: Senior level & completion of core classes.

*NOTE: For those planning on pursuing graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, many graduate programs require 25 clinical observation hours. These should be completed and recorded prior to graduation (some may be completed prior to serving as a clinical participant during SHS 475 but the remainder may be done in pre-practicum).

CONCENTRATION FOR NEUROSCIENCE OF COMMUNICATION

16-17 hours

  • SHS 280 Communication Neuroscience (or an approved substitution). 3 hours.
  • SHS 285 Quantitative Bases in SHS (or an approved substitution). 3 hours.
  • SHS 389 Neuroplasticity & Communication (or an approved substitution). 3 hours.
  • SHS 427 Language and the Brain. 3 hours. Offered Spring.
  • SHS 470 Neural Bases in Speech Language. 4 hours. Offered Fall. Prerequisite: SHS 300 and 301 or equivalent.

Students must also take 6 hours from the following specified electives:

  • Any Chemistry or Physic 100-level class
  • IB 100 Biological Sciences (provided courses are not used to satisfy a Gen. Ed. requirement). 3 hours.
  • PSYC 204 Intro to Brain and Cognition. 3 hours.
  • PSYCH 216 Child Psychology or EPSY 236 Child Development. 3 hours.
  • PSYC 230 Perception and Sensory Processes. 3 hours.
  • PSYC 224 Cognitive Psychology. 3 hours.
  • PSYC 248 Learning and Memory. 3 hours
  • SHS 291 Research Lab Experience in SHS, 1 to 3 hours. Approved for S/U grading only. Must be arranged with individual faculty member.
  • SHS 375 Communication Partners and Health, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring.
  • SHS 473 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 3 hours. Offered Spring.
  • Prerequisite: Senior level in the SHS program or consent of instructor.

CONCENTRATION FOR CULTURAL-LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY

16-17 hours

  • SHS 222 Section Language and Culture of Deaf Communities, 3 hours. Offered during the first 8 weeks only; offered Fall and Spring.
  • SHS 270 Communication Disability in the Media, 4 hours. Offered Fall.
  • SHS 271 Communication and Aging, 3 hours. Offered Fall.
  • SHS 352 Hearing Health and Society, 3 hours. Offered Spring.
  • SHS 380 Communicative Competence and Disorders. 3 hours.

Students must also take 6 hours from the following specified electives: Up to 6 hours of foreign language (only those taken above and beyond those used to satisfy the university’s foreign language requirement or taken in a different area for elective credit)

  • CMN 232 Intro to Intercultural Communication. 3 hours.
  • CHLH 330 Disability in American Society. 3 hours.
  • CHLH 407 Disability, Culture & Society. 3 hours.
  • EPS 310 Race and Cultural Diversity. 3 hours.
  • EPSY 202 Exploring Cultural Diversity. 3 hours.
  • LING 111 Language in Globalization. 3 hours.
  • LING 210 Language History. 3 hours.
  • LING 450 Sociolinguistics I. 3 hours.
  • SPED 117 The Culture of Disability. 3 hours.
  • SOC 225 Race and Ethnicity. 3 hours.
  • SOC 227 Latina/Latinos in Contemporary US. 3 hours.
  • SHS 291 Research Lab Experience in SHS, 1 to 3 hours. Approved for S/U grading only. Must be arranged with individual faculty member.

GENERAL ELECTIVES

Hours may vary

All students are encouraged to take electives in and outside the department that will count towards the 128 required hours for graduation (the total number of electives students may take may vary with each individual). Students are encouraged to select electives that will complement their areas of interest and future goals. Areas listed below are only a sampling of possibilities; they are not to be considered as requirements and students are not limited to these choices. All students are responsible for addressing course pre-requisites and course availability may vary.

Anthropology (ANTH), Communications (CMN), Kinesiology and Community Health (KIN, CHLH), Educational Organization and Leadership (EOL), Curriculum & Instruction (CI), Educational Policy Studies (EPS), Educational Psychology (EPSY), English (ENGL), English as a Second Language (ESL), Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS), Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), Library and Information Science (LIS), Linguistics (LING), Psychology (PSYC), Recreation, Sport, & Tourism (RST), Rehabilitation Counseling (REHB), Special Education (SPED ), Sociology (SOC), Social Work (SOCW). Additional areas to explore may include: courses in a foreign language beyond the completion of the University’s requirement, as well as additional courses in science, such as Biology (IB, MCB), Physics (PHYS), microcomputer applications (e.g. ACE), and courses in cultural studies.

SHS COURSES THAT MAY BE TAKEN AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS OR AS ELECTIVES

NOTE: These courses may be used to satisfy specific General Education requirements (where noted) or be used towards departmental elective hours required for the major, provided they are not used to fulfill to satisfy a concentration requirement. They may also count towards the 128 hours required for graduation. Students are not required to take General Education courses in the major and additional hours for general electives may be taken outside the department.

  • SHS 120 Children, Communication and Language Ability, 3 hours. Behavioral Sciences course. Offered Fall and Spring as second 8 week courses.
  • SHS 150 Hearing Processes and Disorders, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring, second 8 weeks only.
  • SHS 121 American Sign Language, 4 hours. Offered Summer, Fall and Spring. ADVISORY NOTE: All students are required to take SHS 222 Language & Culture of Deaf Communities prior to or concurrently with SHS 121.
  • SHS 221 American Sign Language 2, 4 hours. Offered Fall and Spring.
  • SHS 321 American Sign Language 3, 4 hours. Offered Fall and Spring.

Note: SHS 121, 221, and 321 have been approved to meet the University’s foreign language requirement.

  • SHS 199 Undergraduate Open Seminar, 1 to 5 hours. May be repeated up to a maximum of 5 hours. Approved for letter and S/U grading. Must be arranged with individual faculty member.
  • SHS 222 Language and Culture of Deaf Communities, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring during the first 8 weeks only. US Minority Culture course and Social Sciences course. NOTE: Students interested in taking SHS 121 ASL 1, must take SHS 222 prior to or concurrently with SHS 121.
  • SHS 270 Communication Disability in the Media, 4 hours. Advanced Composition and Social Sciences course. Offered Fall.
  • SHS 271 Communication and Aging, 3 hours. Social Sciences course. Offered Fall.
  • SHS 291 Research Lab Experience in SHS, 1 to 3 hours. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours. Approved for S/U grading only. Must be arranged with individual faculty member. Offered Fall and Spring.
  • SHS 352 Hearing Health and Society, 3 hours. Offered Spring.
  • SHS 375 Communication Partners and Health, 3 hours. Offered Fall and Spring. (Repeatable up to six hours.)
  • SHS 390 Individual Study, 2 to 4 hours. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours. Must be arranged with individual faculty member. Offered Fall & Spring. Prerequisite: Ten hours of speech and hearing science and written approval by the faculty member who will sponsor and supervise the student’s work.
  • SHS 395 Honors Individual Study, 2 hours. May be repeated up to a maximum of 4 hours. Must be arranged with individual faculty member. Offered Fall and Spring. Prerequisite: Senior standing; a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or consent of the head of the department.

For Additional Information contact:

Kathi Ritten
Undergraduate Advisor
901 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL. 61820
(217) 333-2230
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