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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Hearing and Speech Sciences

Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP)
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This course sequence acquaints students with the primary basic science background in the speech, language and hearing sciences, and permits students to select two courses in the specific professional areas of speech language pathology or audiology.

This minor serves two different purposes:

1. A minor in HESP can be used to compliment a major in a related field such as Special Education, Human Development, Linguistics, Psychology, Education or a Foreign Language. It allows a student to understand the relationship between speech, language and hearing, normal development, and their related disorders. It also encourages collaboration between this discipline and related ones.

2. This minor can also be utilized for students who are in other majors but have decided to pursue graduate studies in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. These courses are widely viewed as potential pre-requisites to such programs and constitute a proportion but not all of the pre-requisites needed for eventual certification with an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology or an Au. D. in Audiology.  Because both graduate programs and the American Speech Language Hearing Association require additional coursework, the student pursuing a HESP Minor for this purpose is strongly encouraged to meet with the HESP Academic Advisor to ensure that eventual educational goals are properly addressed.  

The HESP minor DOES NOT qualify an individual to work professionally as a Speech-Language Pathologist, or an Audiologist, but does provide a proportion but not all of the coursework required to practice in the State of Maryland as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

Requirements for the HESP minor include the following coursework:

All students must take the following six courses:

HESP202-Introduction to Hearing and Speech Sciences

HESP300-Introduction to Psycholinguistics

HESP400-Child Language Acquisition


HESP407-Hearing Science

PLUS 2 courses in one of the two elective areas:

Elective option 1 (Speech-Language Pathology Focus)

HESP305-Anatomy/Physiology of the Speech Mechanism, and

One Disorder class. Choice of one of (HESP402, 404, 406, 410)

Elective option 2 (Audiology focus)

HESP311-Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology of the Auditory Mechanism, and

HESP411-Introduction to Audiology



  • As with HESP majors, students must obtain a grade of "C-" or better in a class in order to enroll in any courses that require that class as a pre-requisite.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy the minor requirements.
  • This course sequence acquaints the student with the primary basic science background in the speech, language and hearing sciences, and permits the student to select two courses in the specific professional areas of speech, language or hearing, based on the student's primary interest area.

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