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Academic Program

Students who are interested in obtaining preparation for graduate studies in communication sciences and disorders (a master's degree is required for practice as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist) may gain such preparation through the Speech and Hearing Sciences program in either of two ways: (1) completing a Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences, or (2) completing an Individual/Interdisciplinary Major with Speech and Hearing Sciences as one component.

Minor-Speech and Hearing Sciences

The Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences requires completion of five preparation for the major courses (18 units) and a minimum of 5 undergraduate courses (20 units)*. All of these courses must be completed on a letter-grade basis. The Speech and Hearing Sciences Minor is typically combined with a student's major in one of the following departments: Psychology, Linguistics, Spanish, Biology, and Computer Science.

*It is strongly recommended that students preparing for graduate studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders complete as many as possible of the Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS) courses offered.

Note: Substitutions and waivers are subject to approval by the chair of the department. Please see the UCSB Catalog for special conditions governing minors in the College of Letters and Science.

Individual/Interdisciplinary Major

The Individual/Interdisciplinary Major at UCSB allows qualified students to plan their own, individualized major. Students interested in preparing for graduate studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders often use this avenue to design a course of study that qualifies them for admission to graduate school. Qualified students are those who have been a University of California student for at least three quarters and earned a minimum of 36 units in residence at UCSB. Typically a grade point average above 3.2 is required. This plan has the following requirements:

1. Following completion of General Education requirements, students select three departments whose coursework is particularly relevant to the study of speech, language, and hearing. One of those departments is always speech and hearing sciences.

2. With the help of a faculty advisor in speech and hearing sciences, and with the approval of advisors in each department, students select coursework within each department that totals a minimum of 16 upper division units.* In addition, students are required to complete all prerequisites for those upper division courses. Typical "trios" of departments that students have selected are as follows: Speech and Hearing Sciences, Psychology, and Linguistics; Speech and Hearing Sciences, Linguistics, and Spanish; Speech and Hearing Sciences, Biology, and Psychology; Speech and Hearing Sciences, Biology, and Computer Science.

3. Students prepare a proposal to be submitted to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies for approval, which is not automatic. The standards are high for individual majors (although to date, no plan incorporating Speech and Hearing Sciences has been denied).

4. Before graduation, students complete a Senior Thesis (SHS 182), under the direction of a faculty member in one of their three designated departments. The nature of this project, to be determined by the student in consultation with faculty, ranges from a major library research paper to a data-based research project.

* It is strongly recommended that students preparing for graduate studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders complete as many as possible of the Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS) courses offered.

Academic Courses Offered for Speech and Hearing Sciences

Preparation

SHS 50 Introduction to Communication Disorders, (4), (Professor Janis Costello Ingham, spring quarter). Recommended preparation: Interdisciplinary Studies 100. Description and illustration of speech, language, and hearing of children and adults with a variety of communication disorders including phonology, stuttering, voice, aphasia, language, and hearing disorders. Includes consideration of precipitating and maintaining factors.
EEMB 25 or MCDB 25 Human Anatomy (4), (Professor Wise, fall and winter quarters). Recommended preparation: EEMB 20or MCDB 20 or other course in biology. Emphasis on fundamental structural and functional approaches of organ systems based on the human organism. Discussion of modern biomedical advances, techniques, and current topics in relation to their respective systems.
Interdisciplinary Studies 100 Library Research Bibliography (2).Recommended preparation: Interdisciplinary 1. Students critically examine the complex range of library resources, from print to electronic, in their field. A brief research paper analyzing the student's research progress is required. Students also develop an extensive analytical bibliography. Suggested for students concurrently enrolled in courses requiring library research, or for those who want to pursue library research in other areas.
Linguistics 20 Language and Linguistics (4). An introduction to the scientific study of language: the nature of language structure; the social and cultural function of language; the origin and the learning of language; language change and the reconstruction of languages at earlier stages.
Psychology 1 General Psychology (4). (Professors Fridlund, Ettenberg, & Revlin, all quarters). The requirements of the course will include subject participation in low-risk psychological experiments or completion of a short paper. An introduction to the subject matter and methods of psychology including the physiological basis of behavior, learning and memory, perception and cognition, social behavior and personality.

Upper Division. (For the SHS Minor, select 20 units from those listed below. For the Individual/Interdisciplinary Major, select 16 units.) NOTE: Prerequisite courses must also be taken and do not count as part of the required number of upper division units units.

SHS 101 Research Methods for Communication Disorders (4). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Reviews the principal experimental and descriptive research designs applicable to group and single subject investigations of speech, language and hearing disorders. Students are introduced to appropriate data analysis methods for these designs.
SHS 120 Phonemics in Communication Disorders (4) – Professor Janis Costello Ingham, normally taught in fall quarter. Prerequisites: SHS 50 and Linguistics 20. (Will be taught in winter quarter, 2004-5.) Identification of the phonemes of American English and their symbolic representation, including modifying symbols for dedviant phonology. Acoustic, physiological, and perceptual parameters of speech sound formation.
SHS 121 Physics of Speech and Hearing (4) – Professor Jeffrey Danhauer, normally taught in fall quarter. Recommended preparation: SHS 50. Introduction to the physics of sound as applicable to speech and hearing sciences; classification of different sounds; properties of sound, acoustics of tubes and its relationship to human speech sounds; psychophysics of hearing: pitch, intensity, loudness, and their measurement.
SHS 122 Anatomy, Physiology, and Neurology of the Speech Mechanism (4) – Professor Roger Ingham, normally taught in winter quarter. (Will not be taught in 2004-5.) Prerequisites: SHS 50 and MCDB or EEMB 25. Recommended preparation: EEMB 25L or MCDB 25L. Anatomical, physiological, and neurological bases for an understanding of speech communication.
SHS 128 Aural Anatomy and Pathology (4) – Professor Jeffrey Danhauer, normally taught in winter quarter. Recommended preparation: SHS 50. Anatomy and physiology of the human auditory system; causes and types of hearing impairment, otological considerations; medical and surgical implications.
SHS 131 Assessment and Rehabilitation for Hearing-Impaired Adults (4) – Professor Jeffrey Danhauer, normally taught in spring quarter, even years. Recommended preparation: SHS 50, 128. Introduction to psychoacoustic principles as applied to audiometric diagnostics and aural rehabilitation with adults.
SHS 135 Assessment and Rehabilitation for Hearing-Impaired Adults (4) - Professor Jeffrey Danhauer, normally taught in spring quarter, even years. Recommended preparation: SHS 50, 128.
SHS 135 Amplification for the Hearing Impaired (4) – Professor Jeffrey Danhauer, normally taught in spring quarter, odd years. Recommended preparation: SHS 50, 128, and 131. Covers methodology for rehabilitating persons with hearing loss; emphasizes recent developments in instrumentation and measurement techniques. Hearing aids and real-ear analysis are used with hands-on laboratory approach. Emphasizes interfacing amplification to the patient and family.
SHS 154 Assessment and Treatment of Child Language Disorders (4). Prerequisites: SHS 50, 166 and Linguistics 137. An introduction to the methods used in the identification and remediation of child language disorders. Assessment and treatment of morphologic, pragmatic, syntactic, and semantic disorders will be discussed.
SHS 155 Assessment and Treatment of Child Phonologic Disorders (4) Professor Janis Costello Ingham, normally taught in winter quarter. (Will not be taught in 2004-5). Prerequisites: SHS 50, 120, 166 and Linguistics 137. A study of principles and methods for assessing children's speech production to determine existence of phonologic disorders and a review of varieties of treatment methods for such disorders.
SHS 166 Principles of Behavior Modification (4) – Professor Roger Ingham, normally taught in fall quarter. . (Will be taught winter quarter, 2004-5.)Prerequisite: Psychology 1. Basic principles of operant conditioning and their use in classroom, family, and clinical environments with special reference to speech-language pathology.
SHS 167 Introduction to Stuttering (4) – Professor Roger Ingham, normally taught in spring quarter. Prerequisites: SHS 50, 166. Review and analysis of features and characteristics of stuttering, the areas and causes of stuttering, conditions that modify stuttering, and current therapies for stuttering.
SHS 182 Undergraduate Thesis (4) – all SHS faculty, all quarters. (Required for interdisciplinary major students.) Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Independent work with faculty sponsor culminating in senior thesis.
SHS 194 Group Studies for Advanced Students (1-4) - all faculty, all quarters. Prerequisites: upper-division standing and consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Selected topics in accordance with instructor's area of specialization.
SHS 197 Instructional Laboratory (1-4) - all SHS faculty, all quarters. Prerequisites: senior standing, consent of instructor. Students must have a 3.0 overall grade-point-average. Tutoring experience for advanced undergraduate students in preparation for graduate education.
SHS 199 Independent Studies (1-4) - all SHS faculty, all quarters. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Students must have a minimum 3.o GPA for the preceding three quarters and are limited to 5 units per quarter and 30 units total in all 98/99/198/199/199DC/199RA courses combined.

Completion of SHS 121, 128, 131, and 135 qualifies students for the audiometrist credential.

 
 
 

Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences
Division of Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences
Harder 1058
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Tel: (805) 893-2702
Fax: (805) 893-4431
Email: danhauer@speech.ucsb.edu