Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Graduate study in speech and hearing sciences is concerned with the body of knowledge and scientific study that pertain to speech, language, hearing, balance, swallowing, and their disorders, and with professional, academic, and research activities in those areas. The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers three graduate degrees: a master’s (M.S.) in speech-language pathology, a professional doctorate (Au.D.) in audiology, and a research doctorate (Ph.D.) in speech and hearing sciences. A minor in speech and hearing sciences is available for undergraduate students at UNC–Chapel Hill who anticipate pursuing one or more of these graduate degrees.
All students interested in a minor in speech and hearing sciences have a primary academic advisor assigned in ConnectCarolina. Students are strongly encouraged to meet regularly with their advisor and review their Tar Heel Tracker each semester. The department’s director of undergraduate studies will meet with current and prospective minors by appointment. (See contact tab above.) Further information may be obtained from the division’s website.
Elizabeth R. Crais, Karen Erickson, John Grose, Katarina Haley, Jackson Roush.
Adam Jacks, Sharon W. Williams.
Clinical Associate Professors
Lisa Domby, Cara McComish, Nancy McKenna, Brenda Mitchell, Martha Mundy.
Clinical Assistant Professors
Philip Griffin, Patricia Johnson, Hannah Siburt.
SPHS–Speech and Hearing Sciences
Supervised undergraduate directed research on communication science topics of mutual interest to the student and a faculty member.
Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate-level
Students have 30 hours of service-learning with individuals with autism at community partner sites. Class discussions introduce students to diverse topics related to autism spectrum disorder. This is an APPLES course.
This American Sign Language (ASL) course includes topics on linguistic features, cultural protocols, and core vocabulary for students to function in basic ASL conversations on a variety of topics. All instructions and discussions in the classroom will be conducted in ASL. Students minoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences have priority in registering.
Students in the Speech and Hearing Minor have priority in registering. The American Sign Language (ASL) course focuses on developing conversational skills on a variety of topics. All instructions and discussions in the classroom will be conducted in ASL.
Development of human communication processes across the lifespan, including linguistic and cultural bases of communication.
Development of human communication processes across the lifespan, including linguistic and cultural bases of communication. Includes a minimum of 30 service hours related to human communication. 12 spaces reserved for Juniors in Speech and Hearing Sciences Minor.
A detailed study of the International Phonetic Alphabet with emphasis on the sound system of American English. Application of phonetics to problems of pronunciation and articulation. Includes broad and narrow phonetic transcription.
Introduction to the science of speech, including production, acoustics, and perception.
Anatomy and physiology of the speech producing and aural mechanisms.
Theory and practice of the measurement of hearing, causative factors in hearing loss, evaluation of audiometric results, and demonstration of clinical procedures.
Introduction to diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders, including articulation, fluency, voice, and language, and those resulting from autism and hearing loss.