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Indiana University Bloomington

Overview of B.A. and B.S. degrees

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHS) offers both B.A. and B.S. degree programs; students should consult the undergraduate advisor and evaluate each degree carefully. The department is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Speech and Hearing Sciences curriculum provides a general liberal arts base, with strong preparation in the normal processes of speech, language, and hearing along with specialized training in communication disorders. The B.A. is for students who are seeking a broad liberal arts and sciences education that centers on the processes of normal and disordered communication, and who do not necessarily plan to continue toward a clinical career in the field.

Required Courses 

Students must complete the following Speech and Hearing Sciences courses for a minimum of 33 credit hours. At least 18 credit hours must be at the 300--400 level.

  1. SPHS-S 110 or S215
  2. SPHS-S 111, S201, S302, S307, S311*, S333, S350, and S375.
  3. 6 additional credit hours of SPHS-S 425 and S427, or SPHS-S 425 and S429, or SPHS-S 427 and S429.

Students may elect to take additional topics of SPHS-S 425, S427, and S429, for a maximum of 42 credit hours toward the major in Speech and Hearing Sciences.

*Note: PSY-P 211 may replace SPHS-S 311 for students who also pursue a major in Psychology.

Students must complete the following additional courses outside of the department of Speech and Hearing Sciences:

  1. PSY-P 101 or P155
  2. LING-L 203
  3. STAT-S 303 or PSY-K 300
  4. 3 credit hours in biology or ANAT-A 215 or PHSL-P 215
  5. 3 credit hours in physics or chemistry

Students must also complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech and Hearing Sciences provides a more scientific and mathematical background in the field. An undergraduate curriculum may be selected to provide a strong preparation for continued study at the graduate level in speech and hearing sciences.

General Requirements for the B.S.

The following requirements apply to the B.S.

  1. Writing, same as B.A. degree (English Composition and Intensive Writing).
  2. Mathematical foundation, two courses.
    1. One course from MATH-V118, M118, S118, or the D116-D117 sequence, and
    2. One course from MATH-J113, M119, M120, M211, M212, or any "M" course at the 200 level or higher.
  3. Foreign language, 3 credit hours (or the equivalent) at or above the second-year level.
  4. One Critical Approaches course.
  5. One Public Oral Communication course.
  6. Arts and humanities, two courses.
  7. Social and historical studies, two courses, including PSY-P 102.
  8. Natural and mathematical sciences (fulfilled by major):

Additional Course Work

Students must complete the same courses in SPHS required for the B.A. degree, with additional course work in mathematics and natural science. Students must complete the following Speech and Hearing Sciences courses for a minimum of 33 credit hours. At least 18 credit hours must be at the 300--400 level.

  1. SPHS-S 110 or S215
  2. SPHS-S 111, S201, S302, S307, S311*, S333, S350, and S375.
  3. 6 additional credit hours of SPHS-S 425 and S427, or SPHS-S 425 and S429, or SPHS-S 427 and S429.

Note: Students may elect to take additional topics of SPHS-S 425, S427, and S429, for a maximum of 42 credit hours in Speech and Hearing Sciences courses.

*Note: PSY-P 211 may replace SPHS-S 311 for students who pursue a major in Psychology.

Students pursuing the B.S. degree must also complete the following course work outside the department:

  1. PSY-P 101 or P155
  2. LING-L 203
  3. STAT-S 303 or PSY-K 300
  4. 3 credit hours in biology or ANAT-A 215 or PHSL-P 215
  5. 3 credit hours in physics or chemistry
  6. 6 additional credit hours in mathematics
  7. 6 additional credit hours in CASE N&M courses outside of Speech and Hearing Sciences.