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FAQ

Q. What are good introductory classes for the Speech and Hearing major?

Q. What degree will I get if I major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and what are the graduation requirements?

Q. How should I select my courses?

Q. How do I know if Speech and Hearing Sciences is right for me?

Q. What careers are available for students with SPHS degrees?


Q. What are good introductory classes for the Speech and Hearing major?

A.The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHS) offers three classes that are most appropriate for those exploring the majors at IU. These are SPHS-S106: Hearing Science: An Overview, SPHS-S108: Speech and Language Sciences: An Overview, and SPHS-S111: Phonetics of American English. Two Critical Approaches (CAPP) courses also might be of interest to you: COLL-C105 Read My Lips! and COLL-C105 Born to be a Genius. These courses are taught by professors in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and provide an introductory view of the field, even though they are not targeted to SPHS majors.

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Q. What degree will I get if I major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and what are the graduation requirements?

A. The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHS) offers Bachelors of Arts (BA) and Bachelors of Science (BS) degrees depending on the coursework taken. These degrees can be tailored for preparation for entry to graduate programs or can be more general for those students not wishing to pursue graduate school in clinical speech-language pathology or audiology. The College Bulletin explains the specific course requirements for each program.

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Q. How should I select my courses?

Advisors within the University Division will help you select your courses if you are not a declared SPHS major. S106, S108, and S111 (as mentioned above) are good places to start. Once you declare Speech and Hearing Sciences as your major, you will be in contact with the SPHS advisor who, with you, will design a course of study.

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Q. How do I know if Speech and Hearing Sciences is right for me?

If you enjoy one of our introductory classes, then you are likely to enjoy Speech and Hearing Sciences. You may also want to observe in the Speech-Language or Hearing Clinic to determine if a career as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist is a good choice for you.

Q. What careers are available for students with SPHS degrees?

Students in Speech and Hearing Sciences are primarily in training for one of two professions: speech-language pathology or audiology. These professions are specifically concerned with the evaluation, treatment, and investigation of human communication and its disorders.

The program in Speech and Hearing Sciences is also a good choice for students interested in the processes of normal and atypical speech and language and hearing across the lifespan, but who are not necessarily interested in pursuing a clinical degree. Our degree options provide flexibility for students interested in other career paths, including both clinical and research orientations.

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