College of Nursing & Speech-Language Pathology
The Speech-Language Pathology Program requires a scientific knowledge base for good decision making skills. Students are required to earn at least a C in all courses in the major area, in English Composition (EN 101 and EN 102), and in all mathematics and science courses. A course may only be repeated once to improve the grade. See "Academic Program Requirements" in the Undergraduate Bulletin for further information concerning General Education Curriculum and general degree requirements.
The undergraduate program in speech-language pathology is considered pre-professional: that is, a student must complete a master's degree program and certain other requirements to be qualified for independent professional practice in any setting.
A cumulative overall grade point average of 2.75 is required for progression to 300 and 400-level classes in Speech-Language Pathology. In addition, a grade of C is required in each Speech-Language Pathology course including those at the 200-level prior to progression in the program. In the event a student earns a grade lower than a C in any class which is a prerequisite for another class, he/she will be unable to enroll in the higher level class. A course in Speech-Language Pathology may be repeated only once. If a student does not obtain a grade of C or better in a course when it is repeated, the student may not progress in the program. Only two speech-language pathology courses may be repeated.
The following is only one source of information regarding a student's program of study in seeking the B.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Students should always meet with a faculty advisor for information on course scheduling, rotation, and selection and for planning an effective and efficient program of study.
The following is for general information purposes and may change from year-to-year. Please consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for the latest program requirements.
EN 101 - English Composition I - 3 hoursNatural Science w/ Lab - 4 HoursMA 113 or Higher (excluding MA 123) - 3 HoursHumanities & Fine Arts - 3 HoursHealth Related - 1 HourUN 101 Freshman Seminar - 1 Hour
Total - 15 Hours
EN 102 - English Composition II - 3 HoursNatural Science w/ Lab - 4 HoursCOM 101 Oral Communication - 3 HoursHumanities & Fine Arts - 3 HoursSocial Science - 3 Hours
Total - 16 Hours
Science or Math - 3 or 4 HoursHumanities & Fine Arts - 3 HoursCritical Thinking - 3 HoursElective - 3 HoursElective - 3 Hours
Total - 15/16 Hours
Science or Math - 3 or 4 HoursHumanities & Fine Arts - 3 HoursMA 123 Statistics - 3 HoursElective - 3 HoursElective - 3 Hours
SPA 200* Survey of Communication Disorders - 3 HoursSPA 201 Phonetics - 3 HoursSPA 209 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism - 3 HoursElective - 3 HoursElective - 3 Hours
*Students enrolled at MUW during fall of their sophomore year may begin SPA course sequence with SPA 200 and/or during the spring of their sophomore year take SPA 210.
SPA 210 The Development of Normal Speech and Language - 3 HoursSPA 313 Speech and Hearing Science - 3 HoursSPA 321 Principles of Therapy: Articulation - 3 hoursElective - 3 HoursElective - 3 Hours
SPA 303 Introduction to Audiology - 3 HoursSPA 308 Language Disorders in Children and Their Treatment - 3 HoursSPA 311 Basic Clinical Strategies in Speech-Language Pathology - 3 HoursSPA 411 Basic Diagnostic Procedures - 3 HoursElective - 3 Hours
SPA 350 Program Planning in Speech-Language Pathology - 3 HoursSPA 403 Strategies in Therapy for the Hearing Impaired - 3 HoursSPA 449 Neurology - 3 HoursElective - 3 HoursElective - 3 Hours
General Minor (Required)
Students may minor in business, psychology, family studies, or any other approved curriculum.
*At least one course in biology and at least one course in a physical science are required.
See Undergraduate Curriculum Worksheet for more information.
All undergraduate courses in speech-language pathology are offered one time per year.
Courses taught in the Fall Semester:
SPA 200* Survey of Communication Disorders - 3 HoursSPA 201 Phonetics - 3 HoursSPA 209 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism - 3 HoursSPA 303 Introduction to Audiology - 3 HoursSPA 308 Language Disorders in Children and Their Treatment - 3 HoursSPA 311 Basic Clinical Strategies in Speech-Language Pathology - 3 HoursSPA 411 Basic Diagnostic Procedures - 3 Hours
Courses taught in the Spring Semester:
SPA 210 The Development of Normal Speech and Language - 3 HoursSPA 313 Speech and Hearing Science - 3 HoursSPA 321 Principles of Therapy: Articulation - 3 hoursSPA 403 Strategies in Therapy for the Hearing Impaired - 3 HoursSPA 449 Neurology - 3 Hours
For more information regarding prerequisites for graduate study see the Prerequisite Courses Brochure.
Students seeking admission to Clinical Practicum must submit documentation of the following to the Undergraduate Practicum Coordinator no later than October 15 for Spring Semester, or February 15 for Fall (or Summer Semester admission when applicable):
Students are responsible for supplying and paying for their own transportation to practicum sites.
All students enrolled in clinical practicum must purchase professional liability insurance.
Dept. of Speech-Language PathologyJoy TownsendInterim Chair
Cromwell Communication Center Phone: (662) 329-7270
1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439