The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Department of Allied Health Sciences, UNC School of Medicine, is proud to announce a new minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHS). The minor is designed to provide coursework in preparation for graduate study to students interested in careers as Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, or speech and hearing scientists.

Admission and application

  • Admission to the minor is competitive by application.
  • Students must have a declared major in order to apply for the minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences.
  • Applications will be accepted from Tuesday August 22, 2017 through Sunday September 24, 2017 at 11:59 PM, using a web-based form. Click HERE for instructions and a link to the application.
  • The application consists of several basic questions about your major and minor, GPA, grades for any courses already taken in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Finally, you should be prepared to write a brief statement (< 4000 characters, approx. 500 words) explaining why you are interested in Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • If applications are closed, please let us know if you are interested in applying to the minor by contacting Please include your name and "SPHS minor" in the Subject line of the email. In the email, include your PID, your major and expected graduation date.

Course requirements

  • The minor consists of five courses (see list and recommended sequence below).
  • All courses are required for completion of the minor.
  • Courses are offered only once per year (see exceptions in course sequence).
  • The Introductory course (SPHS 583) should be taken early in the sequence.
  • Speech Science (SPHS 540) should be taken late in the sequence.
  • Additional highly recommended courses in preparation for graduate study are NOT offered in the minor. This coursework includes biological science, physical science, social/behavioral science, developmental bases of communication, and statistics.   See the following links for the full list of recommended preparatory coursework:

Preparatory Program of Study Required By The American Speech Hearing Language Association (ASHA), Leading to Certification with a Master's Degree

Preparatory Program of Study Required By The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Leading to Eligibility for Certification with a Doctoral Degree in Audiology

    Recommended course sequence

    Course order

    Course number

    Course title



    SPHS 583

    Introduction to Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology


    Available only in Years 1-3, except by permission.


    SPHS 530

    Introduction to Phonetics



    SPHS 570

    Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Language, and Hearing Mechanisms



    SPHS 582

    Introductory Audiology I



    SPHS 540

    Speech Science