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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Hearing and Speech Sciences

Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP)
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This minor is designed for the student in other majors (such as Psychology, Education, Linguistics,  etc.) who may plan to attend graduate school in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. These courses are widely viewed as pre-requisite for admission to such programs and constitute a proportion (but not the full extent) of classwork required for eventual post M.A. or post-Au.D. certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as either a Speech- Language Pathologist or Audiologist. Because both graduate programs and ASHA may require additional coursework, the student pursuing the HESP minor is strongly encouraged to meet with a HESP academic advisor to ensure that eventual educational goals are properly addressed. The HESP minor does not qualify an individual to work professionally as a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist, but does provide a proportion of the coursework required to practice in the State of Maryland as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

Requirements for the HESP minor include the following coursework:

HESP202-Introduction to Hearing and Speech Sciences

HESP300-Introduction to Psycholinguistics

HESP400-Child Language Acquisition


HESP407-Hearing Science

PLUS 2 courses in one of the two elective areas:

Elective option 1 (Speech-Language Pathology Focus)

HESP305-Anatomy/Physiology of the Speech Mechanism, and

One of (HESP402, 404, 406, 410)

Elective option 2 (Audiology focus)

HESP311-Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology of the Auditory Mechanism, and

HESP411-Introduction to Audiology



  • All classes must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better; as with HESP majors, students must obtain a grade of "C-" or better in a class in order to enroll in any courses that require that class as a pre-requisite.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy the minor requirements.
  • This course sequence acquaints the student with the primary basic science background in the speech, language and hearing sciences, and permits the student to select two courses in the specific professional areas of speech, language or hearing, based on the student's primary interest area.

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