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Pre-Professional Speech/Language Pathology


Speech language pathology involves research, diagnosis, and treatment of speech, language, and communication disorders.  Professionals in this area work with children and adults of all ages in a variety of settings (schools, hospitals and private practice).

         Careers in speech and language pathology (SLP) usually require an advanced degree (MA or MS) in speech language pathology or in communication sciences and disorders.  To ensure that students are adequately prepared for graduate-level training, most graduate programs require the completion of specific prerequisite courses at the undergraduate level. 

  • UD students who wish to prepare for graduate school in SLP should major in Cognitive Science with a specialization in pre-professional SLP.  This area of specialization is designed to provide the pre-requisite requirements for most graduate programs.  
  • However, since graduate schools vary in terms of expected requirements, students are strongly encouraged to research programs of interest.
  • Because admission into speech and language pathology graduate programs is highly competitive, we strongly recommend that students maintain a 3.6 GPA or higher. 
  • Students should also seek volunteer experiene, work in a lab for credit, and obtain other forms of experience relevant to the field. See 'recommended electives' (below) for more information.
  • Minors. Students are not required to take a minor. For those who wish to do so, popular minors for SLP include Disability Studies, Psychology, Human Development & Family Studies, and Spanish. Students can take more than one minor, but should not over-stretch themselves with minors.
  • UD Chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA): This is a organization for students interested in Speech and Language Pathology. The group functions as a source of information about admission to graduate programs, upcoming speakers and events, volunteer opportunities and more. If you wish to join, please contact NSSLHA at


Cognitive Science B.S

There are two parts to the Cognitive Science B.S.  The first is a set of core courses required of all CGSC majors.  The second is a minimum of 18 credits in an area of specialization.  See planning form (below) for details.

  • Students must earn a C- or higher in all courses within the major, including those that make up the area of specialization.  However, CGSC378, CGSC379, and CGSC380 have a pre-requisite requirement of a C or higher in CGSC376.
  • 600-level courses count only for those working towards an honors B.S. in Cognitive Science.
  • CGSC majors who are majoring or minoring in linguistics may not use the same courses to count towards both programs, with the exception of LING 101 and CGSC485. 

CGSC BS, Core Courses, 25 Credits

A. All of the Following: 12 Credits

​CGSC 170 Intro. to Cog. Sci.​Take 1st or 2nd year in major.
​CGSC 485 Seminar in Cog. Sci.​Take Sr year; Satisfies 2nd Writing Requirement.
​LING 101 Intro. to Linguistics​​Take 1st semester in major.
​PSYC 100 General Psychology​Take 1st year in major.

B. Advanced PSYC/CGSC Course: One of the Following, 3 Credits.  ​Take Jr or Sr year.

​CGSC 410 Embodied Cognition
​CGSC 420 Research Methods in Cognitive Science​Co-Req.: PSYC209 or STAT200
​CGSC 451 Topics in Cognitive Science
​PSYC 314 Brain and Behavior​Pre-Req.: PSYC100
​PSYC 340 Cognitin (X-list CGSC 340)
​PSYC 350 Developmental Psychology ​

C. Biology Requirement: One of the Following, 4 Credits. Take freshman or sophomore year.

​BISC 104: Principles of Biology with Laboratory
​BISC 207: Introductory Biology I

D. Computational Requirement: One of the Following, 3 Credits  Take freshman or sophopmore year.

​CISC 101 Principles of Computing
​CISC 103 Intro to Computer Sci. w/Web AppsAcceptable Substitute: CISC 106. * Email Dr Andreasen for permission
​CISC 108 General Computer Science​ Coreq: MATH115 or 117 or higher   
​ LING 202 Science of Language​Pre-Req: LING101
​ PHIL 205 Logic​​

 E. Statistics Requirement: One of the Following, 3 Credits . Take Freshman or Sophomore Year

​MATH 202 Intro. to Stat Methods II​ Prereq:  MATH201
​MATH 205 Statistical Methods​ Prereq:  MATH210 or MATH230
​ PSYC 209 Measurement and Statistics​Prereq: PSYC100* Course is restricted to PSYC majors and minors.
​SOCI 301 Introduction to Sociological Research​ Prereq:  SOCI201 and A&S Math Skills Req.
STAT 200 Basic Statistical Practice​

Area of Specialization Requirement: Pre-professional Speech/Language Pathology. 27 Credits

All of the following

​LING 253: Laboratory Phonetics​​​Pre-req: LING 101, Requires a laptop computer
​CGSC 376: Intro. to Communication Disorders​Pre-req: LING 101
​CGSC 378: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech​Pre-req: C or better in CGSC 376
​CGSC 379: Audiology​Pre-req: C or better in CGSC 376
​CGSC 380: Clinical Principles & Procedures in SLP*​Pre-req: C or better in CGSC 376
​CGSC 433: Introduction to Acoustic Phonetics​Pre-Req: LING253; Requires laptop computer
​CGSC 496: Psycholinguistics​Pre-req: LING 101

​One of the Following, 3 Credits

​​LING 403: Phonology​​Pre-req: LING 101 and LING 202
​LING 480: Sociolinguistics​​Pre-req: LING 101​

One of the Following, 3 Credits

​LING 444: First Language Development Pre-req: LING 101
​LING/EDUC/PSYC 462: Lang. Acquisition

Most of the courses for the SLP area of specialization are offered in the fall and spring semesters, except...

  • ​LING 403: Introduction to Phonology                      Once a Year, Typically Fall
  • LING 480: Sociolinguistics                                           Once a Year, Typically Spring

Recommended Elective Courses for SLP: (Not Required, but Useful for Graduate School Admissions)

  • Graduate programs often have a physical science requirement.  Programs vary in terms of what courses they expect.  A safe way to fulfill the course is by taking a course with a title like "Intro to Chemisty," "Intro to Physics," "General Chemistry" and so forth.
  • LING 403, if you did not take it as one of your area of specialization courses.
  • LING 480, if you did not take it as one of your area of specialization courses.
  • ENGL 410: Technical Writing  (Prereq: ENGL 110) -- OR -- ENGL 415: Writing in the Professions (Prereq: ENGL 110)
  • HDFS 339: Adult Development and Aging (Prereqs: EDUC 202 or HDFS 201)  -- OR -- HDFS 405: Aging & the Family
  • CGSC310: Orientation o Clinical Experiences.  This is a hands on course that offers guided observation hours.  To register, you must contact the professor teaching the course.
  • Work in a lab for independent study credit.  To do so, cr​eate a list of faculty with whom you might want to work. To do this, go to the websites for UD departments such as the following: LING & CGSC, PSCY, Physical Therapy, and other related fields. Follow the instructions below.
    • ​​Each website will have a list of faculty, many of whom also have websites that describe their research. Read the research descriptions and create a list of labs that interest you.
    • Once you have created the list, contact each professor to express your interest in obtaining research experience.
    • When doing so, tell them about yourself (your major, your GPA) and include an unofficial transcript and possibly a resume.
    • Indicate the semester in which you would like to work; ask whether there is space in the lab.
    • Ask what he or she requires of students who work in his/her lab for independent studies credit.
    • Plan on contacting more than one professor, as some labs may not need undergraduate research assistants.
    • You should make arrangements at least a month or two prior to the start of the semester, but it can't hurt to do it earlier. 
    • Once you hear back, hopefully receiving one more 'yes,' pick the lab in which you want to work. 
    • Sign up for an independent study with the professor who runs the lab. The number of credits will vary depending on the number of hours worked.
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