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University Bulletin: Undergraduate Programs The George Washington University  



Professors C.W. Linebaugh, G.M. Schulz, J. Mahshie (Chair), L. Bernstein

Associate Professors S. Brundage, F. Subiaul

Assistant Professors N.S. Richards, A.B. Hancock, C. Core, M. Thothathiri, S. Campbell (Teaching)

Teaching Instructor M.E. O’Donnell

Professorial Lecturer M.E. Moody

Bachelor of Arts with a major in speech and hearing science—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Required courses in the major—The major consists of 46 or 47 credits, depending on the concentration chosen. All students take a required core of SpHr 1071, 2107, 3116, 2130, 2131, 4118, and a concentration in the major that must be chosen by the beginning of the junior year.

3. The concentrations consist of nine courses, six required and three elective. Required courses for each concentration are listed below; concentration electives are chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor from lists of designated courses.

(a) Speech–language pathology—SpHr 2104, 2105, 2106, 2108, 4119, 2132.

(b) Hearing and deafness—SpHr 1081, 1082, 1084, 2106, 2108, 2117.

(c) Brain and language—SpHr 2106, 2132, 2133, Psyc 2013, 3122, Anth/Ling 603.

(d) Language and culture—SpHr 1072, 1084, either 2105 or 2106, 2132, Anth 3601/Ling 3601, 3603.

Students who plan to go on to graduate study in speech–language pathology or audiology should note that certification by the American Speech–Language and Hearing Association requires course work in the following areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics. This course work should be obtained during the student’s undergraduate program.

Special Honors—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, 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.

Minor in speech and hearing science—18 credit hours, including SpHr 1071, 2105, 2107, plus three courses selected from SpHr 2104, 2106, 2108, 3116, 2130, 2131, 2132.

With permission, a limited number of graduate courses in the department may be taken for credit toward an undergraduate degree. See the Graduate Programs Bulletin for course listings.

Speech and hearing services are offered by the Speech and Hearing Center, 202-994-7360.

1011 Voice and Diction (3) Hancock, Richards, Moody, and Staff
  Development of naturalness, correctness, and clarity in conversation through the study of phonetics, rate, volume, pitch, and quality in preparation for performance. Laboratory fee. (Fall, spring, and summer)
1071 Foundations of Human Communication (3) Moody, Richards, Subiaul
  An introduction to the fundamental principles of the biology of speech, hearing and language, language structure and use, and human communicative interaction. Practice in the identification of specific verbal and nonverbal aspects of communication behavior. (Fall and spring)
1072 Multicultural Issues in Human Communication (3) Staff
  Consideration of the influences of culture and bilingualism on language development and use and on communicative interaction; experimental and ethnographic methods for studying language and communication in a multicultural society. (Fall and spring)

American Sign Language I–II–III (3 each) O’Donnell
  Development of basic communication skills, with appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structures; emphasis on comprehension skills. Prerequisite: to SpHr 1082, SpHr 1081; to SpHr 1083, SpHr 1082. (Fall and spring)
1084 Perspectives in Deaf Culture (3) O’Donnell
  Introduction to the Deaf community as a linguistic and cultural minority group. The roles of deaf people in the larger society, including political activism. Generational differences concerning education, socioeconomic status, medical issues, and language. (Spring)
2104 Speech and Language Disorders (3) Williamson
  Survey of the nature and causes of developmental and acquired disorders of speech and language. Emphasis on prevention and effective communication with persons having a speech–language impairment. (Fall)
2105-6 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing I–II (4-4) Brewer, Schulz, Mahshie
  SpHr 2105: Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, phonatory, articulatory, and resonatory subsystems of speech; swallowing; and the cranial nerves. SpHr 2106: Anatomy of the ear; physiology of hearing; anatomy of the brain and spinal cord; physiology of the nervous system. Laboratory fee. (Academic year)
2107 Acoustics (3) Brewer
  The basic acoustics needed for understanding audition, speech acoustics and perception, and instrumentation. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite or corequisite: SpHr 2130. (Fall)
2108 Introduction to Audiology (3) Brewer
  Survey of the field of audiology, including the measurement of hearing, the nature and causes of hearing impairment, hearing aids and habilitation/rehabilitation of the hearing impaired. Prerequisite: SpHr 2107; prerequisite or corequisite: SpHr 2106. Laboratory fee. (Spring)
2117 Hearing and Perception (3) Brewer
  Consideration of the psychoacoustics of the normal auditory system in terms of auditory sensitivity, loudness, pitch, masking, and binaural hearing. Topics in speech perception that build upon psychoacoustics and speech acoustics. Prerequisite: SpHr 2108.
2130 Phonetics and Phonological Development (3) Richards
  Detailed study of English phonetics and phonology; prespeech vocalization and phonological development; multicultural issues in phonological development; intensive practice in phonetic transcription. Prerequisite or corequisite: SpHr 2105. Laboratory fee. (Fall)
2131 Language Acquisition and Development (3) Core
  Theories of language acquisition; development of language from birth through adolescence; emphasis on development of semantics, syntax, morphology, and pragmatics; multicultural issues in language development. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: SpHr 2130. (Spring)
2132 Literacy (3) Staff
  An overview of literacy development (thinking, listening, speaking, reading, spelling, writing) with emphasis on reading and writing development. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: SpHr 1071. (Fall)
2133 Autism (3) Subiaul
  How the study of autism and related disorders may shed light on the characteristics of the mind. The broad characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, including cognitive, behavioral, and neural aspects; definitions of typical vs. atypical development; and difficulties associated with diagnosis and treatment.
3116 Brain and Language (3) Hancock, Schulz
  How the brain operates for language production and understanding and how damage to the brain can interrupt neural processes with a variety of neurolinguistic consequences. Neuroimaging and behavioral research that informs the understanding of the bases of neurolinguistic communication disorders. Prerequisite or corequisite: SpHr 2106.
3199 Selected Topics (3) Staff
  Topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.
4118 Senior Seminar (3) Brundage
  Critical evaluation of the research literature on speech and hearing; the process of scientific writing and analysis; how research can inform and improve clinical practice. For departmental majors in the senior year. Prerequisite: SpHr 2104 or 1071. Laboratory fee. (Fall)
4119 Analysis and Modification of Communication Disorders (3) Staff
  For department majors in their senior year. Assessment of speaker–listener behavior; acoustic, behavioral, and linguistic properties of speaker intelligibility and credibility; observation, analysis, and modification of speech and language comprehension and expression. Prerequisite: senior standing. Laboratory fee. (Spring)
4196 Independent Study (1 to 6) Staff
  Independent research and special projects. Before students are permitted to register for SpHr 4196, they must submit a written proposal of the plan of study and obtain approval of the staff member who will direct the study and of the department chair.

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Information in this bulletin is generally accurate as of fall 2012. The University reserves the right to change courses, programs, fees, and the academic calendar, or to make other changes deemed necessary or desirable, giving advance notice of change when possible.