Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP)College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
0100 LeFrak Hall, 301-405-4213
Chair: N. Ratner
Professors: S. Gordon-Salant (Dir of Audiology Graduate Programs)
Associate Professors: R. Newman (Dir of Speech Language Pathology Graduate Programs)
Assistant Professors: S. Anderson, M. Goupell, Y. Huang, Y. Li, Y. Shah
Lecturers: D. Berndtson, C. Brewer, K. Dow-Burger, T. Fitzgerald, P. Fitzgibbons, D. Handy, K. King, M. McCabe, E. Mont, S. Palmer, L. Rickard, P. Schauer, L. Sherlock, V. Sisskin, K. Skinker (Dir of Undergraduate Studies), K. Slawson, K. Webster, T. Williams Walker, E. Wood, C. Worthington, C. Zalewski
Affiliate Professors: M. Stone
Adjunct Professors: A. Braun, W. Gaillard, B. Sonies (Res Prof)
Professors Emeriti: F. Roth, G. Yeni-Komshian
Hearing and speech sciences is an inherently interdisciplinary field, integrating knowledge from the physical and biological sciences, medicine, psychology, linguistics, and education in order to understand human communication and its disorders. The department curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. An undergraduate major in this field provides appropriate background for graduate training in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, as well as for graduate work in other disciplines requiring a knowledge of normal or disordered speech, language, or hearing. The student who wishes to work professionally as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist must obtain a graduate degree in order to meet national certification requirements, and most state licensure laws.
The hearing and speech sciences curriculum is designed in part to provide supporting course work for majors in related fields, so most course offerings are available to both departmental majors and non-majors. Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronym: HESP. Permission of an instructor may be obtained to waive course prerequisites for non-majors wishing to take hearing and speech courses of interest.
The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences strives to provide state-of-the-art teaching, research, and clinical services in the areas of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
Program Learning Outcomes
The undergraduate curriculum in Hearing and Speech Sciences is structured to provide a strong background for graduate training in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing, Language or Speech Sciences. Although required courses at the undergraduate level are identical for all majors, emphasis can be given to individual curricula through the selection of elective courses. Having completed the degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences offers students numerous opportunities to interact with faculty in teaching, research and clinical experiences. Faculty welcome the participation of undergraduates in their research laboratories. The Hearing and Speech Clinic as well as the Language Learning Early Advantage Program (LEAP preschool) in Lefrak Hall allow students to observe the interaction between clinical and research efforts.
Admission to the Major
The undergraduate curriculum in HESP is structured to provide adequate background for graduate training in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing, Language or Speech Sciences. It is important for HESP students to understand that this major requires a graduate degree in order to pursue a career in this field. Students should be advised that graduate school admissions are highly competitive; therefore students must perform to the best of their ability throughout the entire undergraduate curriculum in order to be considered for admittance into a graduate program.
Requirements for the Major
Students majoring in hearing and speech sciences must complete 33 semester hours of required courses satisfy major course requirements. No course with a grade less than C- may count toward major course requirements. In addition to the 33 semester hours needed for a major, 12 semester hours of supporting courses in statistics and other related fields are required. For these 12 hours, a C- average is required. In addition, when a HESP course has a listed pre-requisite, this pre-requisite must have been completed with a grade of C- or better before registration in the subsequent course will be approved.
A guide to the major is available through the department office in room 0100 Lefrak Hall or on the departmental website at www.bsos.umd.edu/hesp/
Course sequencing is extremely important within this major. Advising for majors is mandatory.
Finally, HESP majors must complete BOTH a biological and a physical science to satisfy national certification standards for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Specifically, to meet the general education requirements of the university and the requirements for the major, HESP majors must complete PHYS102/103 lab as the physical science requirement and a life science course that is based on the biology of the human system and not plants or insects.
Requirements for the Minor
Requirements for the HESP minor include the following coursework:
HESP 202-Introduction to Hearing and Speech Sciences
HESP 300-Introduction to Psycholinguistics
HESP 400-Child Language Acquisition
HESP 407-Hearing Science
PLUS 2 courses in one of the two elective areas:
Elective option 1 (Speech-Language Pathology Focus)
HESP 305-Anatomy/Physiology of the Speech Mechanism, and
HESP 402, 404, 406, 410
Elective option 2 (Audiology focus)
HESP 311-Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology of the Auditory Mechanism, and
HESP 411-Introduction to Audiology
TOTAL CREDITS: 21
Advising for HESP undergraduate majors is MANDATORY before registration each semester. Students will be notified by e-mail of their registration date or they may check their registration status by going to Testudo and clicking on “Appointment and Registration status”. Students should schedule an advising meeting no sooner than one week prior to their registration date as this prevents students from having to return for another appointment due to closed classes. Advising appointments may be made by going to http://hespadvisingcalendar.umd.edu/ . Advising is always available to students regarding academic and major choices, career planning, and/or academic concerns.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
Undergraduates are encouraged to work with a faculty member in the Hearing and Speech Sciences Department. This can be facilitated through the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research, the Emerging Behavioral and Social Science Scholars Program or by exploring research topics listed by faculty members on the HESP website. Students may work with faculty members on a one-to-one basis as a volunteer research assistant or recieve credit for their experience. The number of credits that a student may earn is determined by the faculty researcher. Typically the student is expected to work 3 hours for each credit recieved in a semester. Unless the student is involved in true independent research, they should enroll in HESP 499 with the Pass/Fail grade option. Please note that individual professors may have special requirements for participation in the program. You will need to contact the professor that you wish to work with before enrolling in HESP 499 to obtain their permission and their individual section number needed to register. The University limit for 499 credits is six.
Internships (even if they are not directly related to Hearing and Speech) are an excellent way to obtain experience in the workplace. Students are encouraged to complete internships through the BSOS Social Science Internship Practicum or BSOS Experiential Learning programs.
The objective of the HESP Honors program is to encourage and recognize superior academic achievement and scholarship by providing opportunities for interested, capable, and energetic undergraduates to engage in independent study. A research project will be conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor and will result in an Honors thesis.
The goals of the HESP Honors program are as follows:
Benefits of the Program
Honors students get the opportunity to work closely with faculty and participate in outside-the-classroom learning experiences.
Graduating from the Honors program is an excellent way to stand out as an exceptional candidate for graduate school, and thesis-writing experience will help you once you get there!
Additionally, Honors students may take graduate courses and apply the credits toward their undergraduate degree.
1. The HESP Honors program is a three semester sequence, typically spanning from the Fall of Junior year until the Fall of Senior year.
2. Interested students must apply to be considered for the HESP Honors Program by the deadline posted for each year (typically June 1 preceding the Fall of Junior year).
3. Students must complete 9 credits of HONR seminars or HESP graduate courses in a subject that supports the proposed course of study or some combination of the two. One of the required HONR seminars towards these 9 credits is HESP499H (3 credits).
4. Students will be expected to complete an Honors Thesis with the assistance of a thesis advisor. The thesis culminates in an oral defense. Students must complete 6 credits of HESP Honors research (HESP 469A and B) for the thesis. For students under CORE requirements, three of the HESP Honors research credits may be used to fulfill the CORE Advanced Studies requirement upon successful completion of the thesis defense.
Please meet with the Undergraduate Advisor or Director of Honors program for more information on the HESP Honors program.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
There are two organizations that hearing and speech majors are invited to join. They are the University of Maryland's Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA). Both organizations are involved in fund raising, sponsoring educational speakers and participating in community service activities. Further information may be obtained on the department website, www.hesp.umd.edu .
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu.