Speech and Hearing Sciences

Admission & Retention Requirements

Course descriptions and Plan of Study

A student entering Delta State University with plans to major in Speech and Hearing Sciences is initially admitted on a provisional basis and will remain on a provisional status until he/she has acquired a minimum of 24 hours of SHS courses (12 of which must be taken at Delta State University).

The student must also have earned a QPA of no less than 2.5 in all completed SHS courses. Once this level of achievement has been attained, the student is required to maintain a QPA of 2.60 or higher in all major courses in order to enroll in SHS 430 Clinical Practicum. A student may repeat no more than three (3) SHS courses for grade improvement.

A transfer student is held to these same requirements. Courses in communicative disorders taken at other 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.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Some employment settings where speech-language pathologists work include the following:

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

Common Characteristics of SHS Students

  • Interest in helping others
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Motivation to learn
  • Initiative and Perseverance
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills

Scholarship Information

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.