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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.

Application and Admission

  • Students must have a declared major in order to apply for the minor.
  • Applications will be accepted each year in the first six weeks of the fall semester. The application consists of several basic questions about your major and minor, GPA, and grades for any courses already taken in speech and hearing sciences. You should also be prepared to write a brief statement (less than 4000 characters, approx. 500 words) explaining why you are interested in this field.

Application for Admission

  • If it is outside of the minor application window (first six weeks of fall semester), please let us know that you are interested in applying to the minor by sending us an email. Include your name and “SPHS minor” in the subject line of the email along with your PID, your major, and expected graduation date.

Course Requirements

  • The minor consists of five courses.
  • 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 Doctor 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