Speech and Hearing Processes (Minor)

Western Michigan University's undergraduate minor in speech and hearing processes requires a minimum of 15 credit hours and may be of particular interest to students majoring in several related cognate areas, including: biology, chemistry, communication arts and sciences, engineering, linguistics, music therapy, vocal music, occupational therapy, nursing, psychology and social work. Pre-professional studies in such curricula as pre-dentistry and pre-medicine can also be augmented meaningfully through inclusion of studies in human communication science and disorders, with particular reference to the study of anatomic, physiologic, neurologic, psycho-social and physical bases of speech, language and hearing.

The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences offers the following three options* for the undergraduate minor in speech and hearing processes:

  • Speech-language-hearing science
  • Audition and hearing impairment
  • Human communication disorders

*In consultation with the undergraduate advisor, students may design a minor that emphasizes one of these three options and can be completed in one year. The minor can also be tailored to the educational needs and goals of individual students who are considering graduate study in audiology or speech-language pathology.

All options of the undergraduate minor require 10 hours of observation of speech, language and hearing therapy in the Van Riper Language, Speech, and Hearing Clinic. This provides students with exposure to clinical aspects of the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology.

Sample course sequences

Speech-language-hearing science

  • 2030: Normal Language Acquisition (three credits, fall)
  • 2040: Phonetics (three credits, fall)
  • 2041: Phonetics Lab (one credit, fall)
  • 4030: Speech Science (three credits, fall)
  • 2050: Speech Anatomy and Phys (three credits, spring)
  • 2060: Hearing Science (3 credits, spring)

Audition and hearing impairment

  • 2000: Communications Disorders and Sciences (three credits, fall or spring)
  • 2060: Hearing Science (three credits, spring)
  • 3580: Disorders of Hearing (three credits, fall)
  • SIGN 1010, 1020 or 2010: American Sign Language (three credits, fall)
  • One of the following:
    • 4560: Rehabilitative Audiology (three credits, spring)
    • 5801: Pediatric Audiology (three credits, spring)
    • 5800: Psychoacoustics (three credits, fall)

Human communication disorders

  • 2030: Normal Language Acquisition (three credits, fall)
  • 2040: Phonetics (three credits, fall)
  • 2041: Phonetics Lab (one credit, fall)
  • 3510: Phonemic Disorders (two credits, spring)
  • 3530: Fluency Disorders two credits, spring)
  • 3540: Language Disorders Child (three credits, spring)
  • 3580: Disorders of Hearing (three credits, fall)
  • 4590: Special Studies in Speech Pathology and Audiology (three credits, fall or spring)

Because departmental offerings are sequential and offered once per year, advising is critical for students who are interested in pursuing this minor.

For additional information about the undergraduate minor in speech and hearing processes or for an advising appointment, contact Jill Hamilton, undergraduate advisor for speech pathology and audiology.