Undergraduate Course Sequence

The following provides information about the typical sequence of required speech-language pathology and audiology courses that students take as undergraduates. Courses outside the major, such as study abroad during the junior year, and electives within the major, are available but have not been included below.

First Year

Learn how to

...transcribe words phonetically (/fənɛɾɪks/)

Learn about

...communication disorders (When your voice is hoarse, what's happening to your vocal cords? Why do speech-language pathologists work with babies who can't yet talk?).

Second Year

Learn about

...the anatomy of the body that helps you speak (Where is your orbicularis oris and what does it do?)

...the anatomy of the ear that helps you hear (Where is your tympanic membrane and what does it do?).

...typical development of language in children (How many words can most children say when they are 18 months old?)

..language disorders (How can we help children with language impairment to learn new vocabulary words?).

...typical development of the sounds needed for speech (What is the average age for correct pronunciation of /l/?)

...how we help children to say sounds correctly (How do you help a child who says /w/ instead of /r/?)

...why people have difficulty hearing and what we can do to help them.

Third Year

Learn about

...how the brain works (Where are the language and speech centers of the brain?).

...how we make speech sounds and how speech sounds move through the air.

Fourth year

Learn about

...diagnosing speech and language difficulties (How do we decide if someone would benefit from therapy?).

...what to look for when someone is communicating and how to work with clients by observing therapy sessions.

...how school-based SLPs provide therapy and how our services fit within a school setting.

...therapy methods that will help you in assisting clients with their communication.


...develop clinical writing skills

...begin your clinical work by providing therapy to one or more clients.