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Current Requirements

Current Major Requirements Effective AU22

The following courses are required for students admitted Autumn '22 and after.  Students admitted prior to Au22 should refer to the requirements prior to Au22.

  • SHS 2230 Introduction to Communication and Its Disorders
  • SHS 3320 Principles of Phonetics 
  • SHS 3330 Language Acquisition 
  • SHS 3340 Introduction to the Art and Science of Sound 
  • SHS 4420 Anatomy, Physiology and Science of Speech 
  • SHS 4430 Introduction to Language Science and Language Disorders 
  • SHS 4440 Anatomy, Physiology and Science of Hearing 
  • SHS 4520 Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology 
  • SHS 4540 Introduction to Audiology 
  • SHS 5605 Multicultural Aspects of Communication and its Disorders
  • SHS 5785 Research Methods I
  • Two additional SHS courses at the 4000 or 5000 level from the following list:
    • SHS 4510, SHS 4530 (Sp only), SHS 5732, SHS 5760, PSYCH/LING/EDUTL 5700
  • Check the course catalog for the pre-requisites for each course. Meet with your advisor to plan your progression through the major courses.

SHS Major Supporting Courses, which may overlap with the GE

Speech and Hearing Science students need specific required coursework to supplement their major. These courses can overlap with their General Education (GE) plan:

  • Math 1148 or higher (GE “Math and Logical Analysis”)
  • Statistics 1350 or higher (GE “Data Analysis”)
  • Biology 1101 or higher (GE “Biological Science”)
  • Lifespan Development course (choose one):
    • HDFS 2400 (GE “Social Science: Individuals and Groups”), or
    • SHS 3350 (GE “Social Science: Individuals and Groups”), or
    • Psych 3340 (can be petitioned to count in the General Education but it does not automatically count)
  • English 3304 or English 3305 (choose one)

There are other General Education requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete those, too.

Elective, Non-Major Course opportunities:

  • SHS 3360 Observation in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
    • 3 hours, offered every semester online
    • a way to obtain observation hours 
    • graded S/U
  • SHS 3370s Service Learning in Adult Neurogenics for Speech-Language Pathology
    • 2 hours, offered every semester, repeatable to 6 hours
    • hands-on, in person experience
    • graded S/U


If you plan to substitute a course not listed in the SHS major for one of the required courses, you must complete the Major Course Petition Application. Please note that exceptions to the major coursework are only made in special circumstances and your request should first be discussed with a SHS advisor. You may set up an advising appointment by calling 614-292-6961 (option 3).

Grade Forgiveness

Under Ohio State's general course repeatability rule, students can, with permission from their college, repeat a course they have already taken. Both grades will remain on the transcript and be counted in calculating grade-point average. Only the credit hours for one attempt will be counted toward the total hours required for your degree.

College of Arts and Sciences Grade Forgiveness policies. Submit a Grade Forgiveness Petition.

SHS Students Please Note: Graduate school centralized application services, like CSDCAS, can re-calculate the GPA with the original course grade and not the new one.  Students considering grade forgiveness should keep this in mind if using the mechanism as a way to enhance their graduate school applications.