Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Main Departmental Office
907 W. Sycamore
P.O. Box 305010
Denton, TX 76203-5010
(940) 565-2481
Fax: (940) 565-4058
Web site:

Jeffrey A. Cokely, Chair


Professor Terrell. Associate Professors Cokely, Gopal, Henoch. Assistant Professors Lu, Melnick, Millar, Ries. Lecturer Jimenez-Castro. Master Teaching Clinicians Gray, Ohler.


Speech and hearing sciences is concerned with the scientific study of human auditory-verbal communication with reference to disorders involving speech, language and hearing. The emphasis of the department is to provide an educational and research setting where students may learn models and theories of normal communicative function, and appropriate rationale, techniques and procedures for the evaluation and management of people with speech, language and hearing disorders.

In addition to classroom instruction in the area of normal and disordered communication, the department maintains a clinical facility for students to acquire practical experience through clinical services offered to clients by the UNT Speech and Hearing Center.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

The bachelor's degree is a preprofessional degree for persons wishing to pursue graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology. The master's degree is required to be licensed in Texas and for clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

The preprofessional program provides basic preparation in the normal development and functioning of speech, language, and hearing, and introductory courses concerned with communication disorders and appropriate remedial procedures. Clinical activities are scheduled concurrently with academic progress and involve limited diagnostic and therapeutic interaction with speech, language and hearing handicapped individuals under closely supervised conditions. Enrollment in the clinical practicum (SPHS 4060) is contingent upon maintaining a GPA 3.0 or above in the major area. All course selections must be approved by an undergraduate adviser or the department chair.

The department's master's degree programs in both speech pathology and audiology are accredited by the ASHA Council of Academic Accreditation [10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852; (301) 897-5700]. Satisfactory completion of the master's programs enables individuals to meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence and the state of Texas license in speech-language pathology and/or audiology.

Bachelor of Arts (html)
Bachelor of Arts (pdf)

The Department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in speech-language pathology/audiology.

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

2. Major Requirements: Completion of at least 39 hours including: SPHS 3020, 3050, 3070, 3080, 4010, 4060 (6 hours), 4090, 4120, 4130, 4140, 4150 and 4210.

3. Other Course Requirements: Students majoring in speech and hearing sciences are required to complete 18 hours outside of the department. Students may elect one of the following:

a. a minor of 18 hours, including at least 6 advanced; or

b. 18 hours, including 9 advanced, selected from two or more departments outside speech and hearing sciences. The courses must be selected in consultation with the student's adviser.

4. Minor: Optional.

5. Electives: See four-year plan.

6. Other Requirements: Students should have a degree plan prepared as soon as the major is declared. A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in the major.


A minor in speech and hearing sciences requires a total of 18 semester hours from the following: SPHS 3020, 3050, 3070, 3080, 4010, 4090, 4120, 4130, 4140, 4150 and 4210. Minors must observe the system of prerequisites for courses.

Departmental advisers are available for consultation on the minor in speech and hearing sciences.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts and Master of Science. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Speech and Hearing Center

The Speech and Hearing Center is open throughout the year for services to all UNT students and the public. The center provides professional evaluation and remediation of disorders of articulation, language, voice and fluency. Services also include audiological tests, fitting for hearing aids and hearing protection devices, and aural rehabilitation for persons with impaired hearing.

Services are free to enrolled students, but fees for services are charged to faculty, staff and their families.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject area and prefixes.

Major in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options. ** See Arts and Sciences degree requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

BA with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology (html)
BA with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology (pdf)



ENGL 1310, College Writing I* 3
LANG 2040, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3
MATH (above College Algebra, except 2090)** 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences* 3
Wellness* 3
Total 15



PSCI 1040, American Government* 3
SPHS 3080, Nature of Communication Disorders 3
Elective 3
Humanities* 3
Physical Science** 4
Total 16



ENGL 1320, College Writing II* 3
LANG 2050, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3
Communication** 3
Elective 3
Visual and Performing Arts* 3
Total 15



PSCI 1050, American Government* 3
SPHS 3020, Phonetics 3
SPHS 3070, Basic Audiology 3
Minor 3
Natural Sciences** 4
Total 16



HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3
SPHS 4010, Normal Speech and Language Development 3
SPHS 4130, Anatomical Bases of Speech and Hearing 3
Elective 3
Laboratory Sciences** 4
Total 16



SPHS 4060, Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 3
SPHS 4150, Speech and Hearing Sciences 3
SPHS 4210, Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology 3
Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies* 3
Elective 2
Minor 3
Total 17



HIST 2620, United States Since 1865* 3
SPHS 3050, Disorders of Articulation and Phonology 3
SPHS 4140, Introduction to Language Disorders 3
Literature** 3
Minor 3
Total 15



SPHS 4060, Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 3
SPHS 4090, Basic Rehabilitative Audiology 3
SPHS 4120, Neurological Bases of Speech and Hearing 3
Minor 3
Minor (advanced) 3
Minor (advanced) 3
Total 18
Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester. Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.

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