Communication Sciences & Disorders Major

The Linguistics Program, housed within the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, offers three majors (Communication Sciences & Disorders, Linguistics and Linguistics-TESOL Concentration.

To be a speech therapist/pathologist, a Master's degree in SLP is required for state certification.  Graduate SLP programs have varying requirements.  Students should check their targeted graduate programs early on to determine those graduate programs' admission requirements and plan accordingly.

Goal 1: Students will know what the field of linguistics is and understand how language works.

Outcome 1.1: Identify the main areas of linguistic analysis by providing relevant examples and explaining how linguistic analysis is used to describe how language works. 

Goal 2: Students will know how to perform linguistic research.

Outcome 2.1: Conduct original linguistic research according to standards within the field.

Goal 3: Students will discuss linguistic topics and apply what they learn to real-life settings.

Outcome 3.1: Communicate effectively in oral presentations and discussions on linguistic-related topics.

Outcome 3.2: Analyze linguistic issues or problems (qualitatively or quantitatively) in real-life settings and formulate creative responses.

Goal 4: Students will be aware of and appreciate language differences that exist among speakers of the same or different languages in light of their own language background.

Outcome 4.1: Identify particular aspects of linguistic beauty and creativity in their various forms (i.e., sounds, instances of lexical variation, acquisition stages, morphological irregularities, etc.).

Outcome 4.2: Identify their own language beliefs and values as well as those of others and respectfully discuss linguistic differences that characterize speakers from various linguistic backgrounds.

The traditional undergraduate programs includes a minimum of 120 credits distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas1:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive
  3. Writing Intensive, and
  4. Diversity

Overlay requirements are part of the 120 credit requirements

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:

PHY 101General Physics I3
or CHM 120 General Chemistry I
MAT 118Introduction to Statistics3
PSY 120Lifespan Development3
or PSY 231 Developmental Psychology
Total Hours9

Major Requirements 

LIN 200Introduction to Linguistics3
LIN 203English Grammar3
LIN 210Speech Science3
LIN 211Speech Development & Disorders3
LIN 281First Language Acquisition3
LIN 310Hearing Science3
LIN 318Psycholinguistics3
or PSY 229 Psycholinguistics
LIN 320Phonetics3
LIN 321Intro: Communication Disorders3
LIN 322Intro to Audiology3
LIN 323Anatomy&Phys of Speech&Hearing3
LIN 420SLP/AuD Research Methods3
or HSC 331 Health Sciences Research
or SOC 312 Research Methods
or PSY 210 Research Methods
25 SLP observation hours are also required
Total Hours36