Jul 19, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences Major (B.S.) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]


Major Code BS1970*

Honors Tutorial College  
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723
honors.college@ohio.edu
www.ohio.edu/honors/tutorial-college

Chao-Yang Lee, director of studies/contact person
leec1@ohio.edu

Program Overview

The Honors Tutorial College program in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences offers exceptional students the opportunity to study the many aspects of hearing, speech and language sciences in one-on-one tutorials with faculty members. The program starts in the spring semester of the sophomore year with a tutorial on faculty research exploration and ends in the spring semester of the senior year with an honors thesis. Students complete coursework and tutorials in human communication processes and contemporary professional issues to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of hearing, speech and language sciences. Students also complete an honors thesis to demonstrate the ability to produce original, independent research. Students also are expected to demonstrate behaviors that are consistent with the expectations of professional work ethics and responsibility in speech-language pathology and audiology. 

*This program was previously BS1950 which awarded the Bachelor of Science in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences degree. Pending Board of Trustees approval (anticipated June 2024), the new program code will be BS1970 and will award the Bachelor of Science effective the 2024-25 catalog year.

Tutorial Descriptions

Tutorials are one-to-one or small group conversations with professors. A typical tutorial meets on a weekly basis for a minimum of one hour. Students complete a tutorial per semester for a total of five tutorials during the program. The first tutorial on faculty research exploration (spring semester of the sophomore year) prepares students to identify a potential thesis advisor and topic. The second and third tutorials (junior year) allow students to work in-depth with one or more potential thesis advisors. The last two tutorials (senior year) are devoted to conducting the thesis research.

The Honors Thesis

The honors thesis is a research project undertaken by students during the senior year with guidance from a faculty advisor. Successful completion of the thesis demonstrates the ability to produce original, independent research and a sophisticated understanding of communication sciences and disorders. Upon entering the program, students take an active role in identifying a topic of their interest and a faculty advisor with matching expertise. Students are expected to develop a thesis plan before the beginning of the senior year in order to complete the thesis by the end of the senior year.

Evaluation

Students are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the program. Student performance in the tutorials is also evaluated via written comments by faculty tutors. A portfolio review takes place in the fall semester of the senior year. Students are expected to prepare a portfolio following guidelines from the Honors Tutorial College to refect on their academic and personal progress. After the portfolio is submitted, the director of studies meets with the student and thesis advisor to discuss the thesis plan and student progress. The completed thesis is evaluated by the thesis advisor and director of studies before being forwarded to the Dean of the Honors Tutorial College for final approval.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

The program does not admit students entering as first-year students. Students interested in the program apply for admission in the fall semester of the sophomore year. The application deadline for admission is October 1st. Applications are reviewed by Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences faculty members and the Honors Tutorial College staff. An interview with the director of studies is expected as part of the admission process. Successful applicants typically demonstrate a genuine interest in research and evidence of academic success in coursework. 

Change of Program Policy

The requirements are the same as described in the Freshman/First-Year Admission.

External Transfer Admission

The requirements are the same as described in the Freshman/First-Year Admission.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Well-qualified students graduating from the program apply to graduate programs in hearing, speech and language sciences to prepare them to become speech-language pathologists and/or audiologists or to pursue a Ph.D. for a career in research and teaching.

Requirements

HTC Grade Requirements


Earn at least 120 semester hours and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement


Complete one Written Communication course (ENG 1510 ) and one Advanced Writing course (FAW).

Quantitative Skills Requirement


Complete the University’s Quantitative Reasoning Requirement. More information can be found by viewing the OHIO BRICKS  page (see Quantitative Reasoning heading within “Foundations Requirements”).

HTC Seminar


First-year students must complete the following course:

Transfer students


Transfer students may substitute an HC special topics seminar for their HC 2500 requirement.

Honors Tutorials


Complete the following tutorials:

Senior Honors Thesis


Complete the following tutorials during the final year of study focused on the research and writing of an advisor/director of studies approved thesis:

HTC Thesis Requirement


Approval of a completed thesis or professional project by the advisor, director of studies, and Dean of the College.

Contemporary Professional Issues


Complete the following course:

Language


Complete one of the following options.

Language Option 1


Complete both of the following courses:

Language Option 2


Complete two courses in non-English spoken language(s).

Biological Sciences


Complete one of the following courses:

Statistics


Complete one of the following courses:

Physical Sciences


Complete one of the following courses:

Child Development


Complete one of the following courses

Special Needs


Complete one of the following courses:

HSLS Advanced Courses


Complete six additional hours from any 3000-4000 level HSLS courses.