Dec 01, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences


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A major in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences consists of a minimum of 39 hours in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) courses, a minimum of 27 credits of required non-departmental courses and an academic minor.

Cognate: Required Non-Departmental Courses


The minimum requirements below specify college-level coursework (i.e., not AP or CLEP credit)

Social/Behavioral Sciences minimum requirement


  • Credits: 3 hours
  • and at least one additional course in social/behavioral sciences: psychology, sociology, anthropology or public health (Credits: 3 hours minimum)

Biological Sciences minimum requirement


Physical Sciences minimum requirement


Math minimum requirement


Statistics minimum requirement


Language minimum requirement


Education/Special Education/Literacy Studies minimum requirement


  • at least one course in education, special education and/or literacy   Credits: 3 hours

Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement


Students who have chosen the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences major will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing requirement by successfully completing:

Examples of Academic Minors


American Sign Language Studies
Anthropology
Biological Sciences
Communications
Gerontology
Global and International Studies
Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness
Psychology
Spanish

Continuance Policies for the undergraduate major in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences


  1. A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 in the University to remain in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences undergraduate program. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.8, the student will be placed on Departmental Probation and will have one semester to raise the cumulative GPA to at least 2.8.

If after a semester of Departmental Probation, a student restores the cumulative GPA to at least 2.8, the student will continue to progress in the undergraduate major. If, after a semester of Departmental Probation, a student fails to achieve at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA, the student will be dismissed from the undergraduate program. 

  1. Students in the major must receive a grade of “C” or higher in each required Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences course. Students in the major may repeat one required Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences course one time to raise a grade. No more than two registrations for the same SLHS course will be permitted. If a grade lower than “C” is earned upon repeating the course, the student will be dismissed from the undergraduate program in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
  2. Transfer courses must be reviewed and approved for transfer by a department advisor. A grade of “C” or better must be earned for a course to transfer.
  3. A student must maintain professional behavior as determined by the Code of Ethics of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (www.asha.org/Code-of-Ethics) and the WMU Student Conduct Code (www.wmich.edu/conduct/code). Violations of these standards shall be cause for sanctions including dismissal from the program.
  4. A student who fails to meet any of the above criteria will be notified of this in writing by the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences undergraduate program coordinator.

Honors in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences


Students admitted to the undergraduate major who are members of the Lee Honors College and/or who meet the academic requirements listed below are eligible to join the Departmental Honors Program for undergraduate majors in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The academic requirements include 1) completion of a minimum of 40 semester hours, and 2) a minimum university GPA of 3.5. Further information and specific requirements of the departmental honors program are available through the departmental undergraduate advisor.

Licensure and Certification


Completion of the curricular requirements, together with the completion of a master’s degree program in speech pathology or doctoral program in audiology, typically satisfies all academic and practicum requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in the emphasis area (speech-language pathology or audiology). In addition, as individuals, states regulate the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology, and students must consult with the state’s regulatory boards and department of education for licensure requirements.

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