Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences

Our B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences Resonates

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences and is committed to offering exceptional pre-professional instruction in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. Since the department operates an on-campus Speech & Hearing Clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of communicative disorders, one hundred percent of our graduates obtain hands-on experience working with clients and clinical clock hours that can be applied to graduate school requirements.

It is our desire to prepare our students to be effective, collaborative, ethical, and equitable professionals as they continue their academic journey.  Join us here at Delta State University where you can find your place in our family. Learn evidenced-based practices in the diagnosis, classification and management of communicative disorders.


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Why Choose Speech and Hearing Sciences at DSU?

The need in the fields of Audiology and Speech Pathology is great. The fields are extremely rewarding and the need for trained professionals is expected to grow significantly over the coming decade. These fields offer great potential, many choices, and can lead to a fulfilling, dynamic career.

  • On-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic
  • Clinically certified and licensed faculty
  • Flexible student advisement
  • Utilizes metacognitive study strategies for enhanced learning
  • Assists with graduate school application process

The Speech and Hearing Sciences program at Delta State has allowed me to pursue my aspirations of becoming a speech language pathologist through a hands-on learning environment, led by encouraging professors.

Carly MarshClass of 2025

What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in
Speech and Hearing Sciences?

Speech-language pathology is an amazing profession filled with an array of opportunities. Some employment settings where speech-language pathologists work include the following:

  • Public & Private Schools
  • Centers for developmental disabilities
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health care
  • State & federal government agencies
  • State & local health departments
  • Private practice

Speech and Hearing Scholarships

The Fugler-Hafter Scholarship is an honor scholarship awarded to students majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences. It is given to encourage academic excellence and is awarded to seniors with the highest cumulative GPA.

The scholarship is named in honor of Mrs. Madge Quin Fugler and her daughter, Mrs. Mary Margaret Hafter. Mrs. Fugler served on the first Board of Trustees at Delta State Teacher’s College from 1924 to 1931. Mrs. Hafter was the first speech teacher at Delta State University as well as the founder of the Delta Playhouse in 1930.

Program Goals

The mission of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is to increase public service to individuals with communicative disorders through our Speech and Hearing Clinic, helping to improve their quality of life by providing speech/language/hearing services. We also strive to maintain a high-quality undergraduate curriculum, preparing students for graduate school as well as employment within school systems in the state of Mississippi. The curriculum also provides students background information for pursuing a graduate degree in a related field.

Admission Requirements

Students in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences must maintain a GPA of 2.60 or higher in all major courses to take their last four advanced courses in the curriculum. A student may repeat no more than 3 courses (9 semester hours) for the purpose of grade improvement. A student may not take SHS courses at other institutions for grade improvement.

A transfer student has the same requirements. Courses in communicative disorders taken at four-year institutions with approved undergraduate programs must be considered individually before transfer credit may be allowed. Credit for SHS courses taken at other institutions for which the student earned lower than “C” will not be applied to requirements for graduation.

The University requirement of a grade-point average of 2.00 in all courses taken includes, for the Speech and Hearing Sciences major, a GPA of 2.60 in all SHS courses, with no grade lower than C in a required major course to be applied toward graduation, including such courses as may have been transferred from other institutions. All clinical practicum requirements must be completed while enrolled at Delta State University under the supervision of one or more faculty members who hold the appropriate Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).


Course Number Course Title Credit
SHS 300 Introduction to the Speech and Hearing Sciences 3
SHS 302 Phonetics 3
SHS 304 Developing Speech and Language in Children 3
SHS 306 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing 3
SHS 322 Language Acquisition I 3
SHS 323 Language Acquisition II 3
SHS 326 Individual Study 3
SHS 330 Speech Science 3
SHS 332 Speech Sound Disorders 3
SHS 334 Language Disorders 3
SHS 336 Appraisal and Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders 3
SHS 360 Elementary Sign Language I 3
SHS 362 Basic American Sign Language II 3
SHS 410 Clinical Orientation 3
SHS 412 Methods in Communication Disorders 3
SHS 414 Audiology 3
SHS 416 Neuroanatomy and Physiology 3
SHS 420 Neurogenetic Communication Disorders 3
SHS 422 Voice Disorders 3
SHS 430 Clinical Procedures in Speech Pathology 3-6
SHS 451 Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders for Teachers 3
SHS 455 Diagnostic Audiology 3
SHS 457 Clinical Procedures in Audiology 3-6
SHS 480 Prereading Readiness Skills for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Educators 3
SHS 492 Special Topics in Audiology-Speech Pathology 3

Degree Requirements

To earn this degree, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including your general education requirements and the major requirements below.

General Education 39-40
University Requirement 1
Special Degree Requirements 21-23
Major 48
Electives 8-11

For more information on degree requirements and specifics on courses needed to complete the degree, consult the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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