Why study speech, language, and hearing?

Communication is central to human behavior. A minor in SPLH can be combined with a variety of majors to better prepare students to work in careers related to normal speech-language-hearing processing and development as well as careers that serve individuals with communication disorders. Typical related careers include neuroscience, medicine, health related professions, education, and assistive technology. Careful course selection can allow you to focus on a theme within SPLH that is well-suited to your career aspirations. Themes include: communication neuroscience, speech-language development and disorders, and hearing science and disorders. Alternatively, a student who wants to get to know the field better can sample a variety of courses to take a more generalist approach to the minor.

Requirements for the Minor: Communication Neuroscience Track

SPLH 120The Physics of Speech4
SPLH 261Survey of Communication Disorders3
SPLH 462Principles of Speech Science3
SPLH 463Principles of Hearing Science3
SPLH 466Language Science3
SPLH 620The Communicating Brain: The Ultimate Personal Computer3
Total Hours19

Requirements for the Minor: Speech-Language Development and Disorders Track

SPLH 261Survey of Communication Disorders3
SPLH 462Principles of Speech Science3
SPLH 465Fundamentals of Clinical Phonetics1
SPLH 466Language Science3
SPLH 565Language Sample Analysis Lab1
SPLH 566Language Development3
SPLH 571Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology4
Total Hours18

Requirements for the Minor: Hearing Science and Disorders Track

SPLH 120The Physics of Speech4
SPLH 261Survey of Communication Disorders3
SPLH 463Principles of Hearing Science3
SPLH 516Speech Perception2
SPLH 568Introduction to Audiological Assessment and Rehabilitation4
SPLH 620The Communicating Brain: The Ultimate Personal Computer3
Total Hours19

Requirements for the Minor: General Track 

Students who would rather create their own area of focus may take SPLH 261 for a broad overview of the discipline. Students then select a minimum of 9 credits of foundational coursework followed by a minimum of 6 credits of applied coursework. Across foundational and applied coursework, students need to obtain a minimum of 12 credits at the junior/senior level. Total required hours = 18

Courses with clinical content can be taken as directed study with the permission and support of a faculty mentor.

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.