Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

The following requirements must be fulfilled for the major:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

44 credits, including 9 credits in core courses, and 35 credits in a concentration.

Core Curriculum

Required
SPHR 1071Foundations of Human Communication
SPHR 2101Research Methods
SPHR 2135Language: Structure, Meaning, and Use

Communication Sciences and Disorders Concentration

Required
SPHR 2104Speech and Language Disorders
or SPHR 2104W Speech and Language Disorders
SPHR 2105Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing
SPHR 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
SPHR 2107Acoustics
SPHR 2108Introduction to Audiology
SPHR 2131Language Acquisition and Development
SPHR 2136Phonetics
SPHR 3109Auditory Learning/Aural Rehabilitation
SPHR 4118WSenior Research Seminar in Communication Sciences and Disorders
SPHR 4119Analysis and Modification of Communication Disorders
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
Electives
One course from the following:
SPHR 1072Multicultural Issues in Human Communication
SPHR 1082American Sign Language II
SPHR 2132Literacy
SPHR 2133Autism
SPHR 3116Brain and Language
SPHR 4201Early Social and Cognitive Development
SPHR 4221Language and Communication in Aging

Neuroscience of Language and Communication Concentration

Required
PSYC 2014Cognitive Psychology
SPHR 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
SPHR 2117Hearing and Perception
SPHR 3116Brain and Language
SPHR 4201Early Social and Cognitive Development
SPHR 4221Language and Communication in Aging
SPHR 4120WSenior Research Seminar in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
Electives
Three courses from the following:
SPHR 2104Speech and Language Disorders
SPHR 2105Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing
SPHR 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
SPHR 2107Acoustics
SPHR 2132Literacy
SPHR 2133Autism
One course from the following:
PSYC 2013Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2015Biological Psychology
PSYC 3118Neuropsychology
PSYC 3121Memory and Cognition

Language Across Cultures and the Life Span Concentration 

Required
SPHR 1072Multicultural Issues in Human Communication
SPHR 1082American Sign Language II
SPHR 1084Perspectives in Deaf Culture
SPHR 2131Language Acquisition and Development
SPHR 2132Literacy
SPHR 4201Early Social and Cognitive Development
SPHR 4221Language and Communication in Aging
SPHR 4120WSenior Research Seminar in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Electives
Three courses from the following:
SPHR 2104Speech and Language Disorders
SPHR 2105Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing
SPHR 2106 Neural Substrates of Speech, Language, and Hearing
SPHR 2107Acoustics
SPHR 2108Introduction to Audiology
SPHR 2133Autism
SPHR 2136Phonetics
SPHR 3109Auditory Learning/Aural Rehabilitation
SPHR 3116Brain and Language
One course from the following:
ANTH 1004Language in Culture and Society
ANTH 3601Language, Culture, and Cognition
ANTH 3602Ethnographic Analysis of Speech
ANTH 3603Psycholinguistics
PSYC 2514Adult Development and Aging

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

To qualify for graduation with Special Honors, the student must fulfill the general requirements stated under University Regulations, submit an application to the department before the beginning of the senior year, register for at least 1 credit of SPHR 4196 Independent Study, and complete an independent study honors project with distinction. Students must confer with an advisor before beginning the work. A 3.75 grade-point average in the major and overall is required both for acceptance and for graduation with Special Honors.