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Indiana University Bloomington

Curriculum for Ph.D. Program

General Requirements

The PhD program requires 90 credit hours of approved graduate-level work with a B or better in each course. You must take three of four classes in the core requirements (one must be S685), four advanced seminars, two classes in the area of research skills (e.g., experimental and statistical design), 12 credit hours in a minor area (including but not limited to neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, or linguistics), and register for the Research Forum. You must also complete the residency requirement of 2 consecutive semesters at the IUB campus. Descriptions of the courses are below.

Core Courses

S685: Research and Ethics in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Selected topics in research design, analysis, and reporting (articles and talks); ethics; and preparation of grant proposals, as appropriate to speech, language and hearing sciences, and disorders.

S686: Physiological Research in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Course topics vary according to student interests, including neuroscience research in speech, language, cognition, and hearing; imaging; videostroboscopy; and motor control. Lab components include instrumentation for EMG, biomechanics, and evoked potentials.

S696: Language Research in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Course topics vary according to student interests, including advances in linguistic theory, language and phonological acquisition theory, neurolinguistics, language intervention, etiological research, cognition and language (including memory and attention), and reading and language. Lab components include computer software for both linguistic analyses and experimental presentation.

S702: Acoustic Research in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Course topics vary according to student interests including speech production and perception in hearing impaired populations, language development, adult neurogenic speech and language disorders, voice analysis, and speech perception. Lab components include digital recording, acoustic analysis, and speech synthesis.

Research Forum

S683: Research Forum in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (0-1cr) which includes research presentations by students and faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, as well as guest speakers. Students must enroll for two consecutive semesters, each carrying one hour. Only S-F grades given.

Advanced Seminars

The SPHS Department has three general areas of study: speech sciences, language sciences, and auditory sciences. Each of these areas offers a sequence of advanced seminars that may be incorporated into the 90-hour curriculum. Students are required to complete four advanced doctoral seminars. Several topics are offered by the department, including S654: Advanced Seminar in Speech, S664: Advanced Seminar in Language, and S674: Advanced Seminar in Audiology. However, the department recognizes the importance of collaboration in communication research with many other disciplines (e.g., linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, etc.), and therefore, with the approval of the student’s Advisory Committee, a student may satisfy this requirement with seminars taken outside the department.

For a complete listing of courses offered in the department, see the online Graduate Bulletin for the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

In addition, many of the courses offered for the professional master’s degree are taken by doctoral students in order to broaden knowledge beyond their primary field of study. Doctoral students often take courses offered by other departments as well (especially in Cognitive Science, Neural Science, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Linguistics, and Physics).