The following is a typical combined BS/MS curriculum.

Freshman Year


Introductory Biology for Health Sciences

CAS BI 105 (4 credits)

Principles of biology; emphasis on cellular structure, genetics, microbiology, development, biochemistry, metabolism, and immunology. This course is appropriate for non-majors and students in the health and paramedical sciences (Sargent College). Students may not receive credit for CAS BI 105 if CAS BI 108 has already been passed. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.

General Psychology

CAS PS 101 (4 credits)

Basic introduction to field of psychology; topics include theories and findings governing learning, memory, perception, development, personality, social and abnormal psychology. Three hours large lecture and one hour discussion section or three hours of small lecture class with no discussion sections. Requirements vary. Students are required to participate as subjects in psychology studies. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.

Writing Seminar

CAS WR 100 (4 credits)

Topic-based seminar in academic reading and writing. Attention to reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources, argumentation, prose style, revision, and citation. Significant writing and individual conferences.

Freshman Year Experience

SAR HP 150 (0 credits)

This course is designed to provide an orientation to freshmen about the college experience. Expectations, guidelines and resources will be made available to aid freshmen in making informed decisions about the quality of their education while clarifying and enhancing the students' experiences with the Boston University community. Interaction with faculty advisors and peer mentors is provided.

Introduction to Communication Disorders

SAR SH 531 (4 credits)

Introduction to various speech and language disorders found across linguistically and culturally diverse populations. Characteristics underlying biological systems and methods for evaluation and treating a variety or communication disorders are examined. Exploration of the professions of speech pathology and audiology.


Human Anatomy

CAS BI 106 (4 credits)

Intensive preprofessional course for students whose programs require anatomy. Not for biology major or minor credit. Gross structure of the human body; skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Three hours lecture, two hours lab (lab requires dissection). Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.

Writing and Research Seminar

CAS WR 150 (4 credits)

Topic-based seminar in academic reading, writing, and research. Continuing attention to argumentation, prose style, revision, and citation, with additional emphasis on college-level research. Significant writing and individual conferences.

Introduction to the Health and Rehabilitation Professions

SAR HP 151 (2 credits)

Freshmen Seminar. Exploration of the roles and functions of the health and rehabilitation disciplines. Introduction to the health care system and its impact on society. Sargent students only.

Social science elective (non-Psychology)

Optional general elective

Sophomore Year


Health and Disability Across the Lifespan

SAR HP 252 (4 credits)

Overview of healthy development across the lifespan followed by an examination of common conditions that typically begin in certain stages. Each condition will be examined for its individual, group and systemic impacts.

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

SAR SH 522 (4 credits)

Study of the physiological structures and functions that underlie speech production. Emphasis is placed on the respiratory, phonatory, and articulatory systems. Introduction to neuroanatomy and neural control of the production of speech as well as dysfunction of these normal processes in clinical disorders is included.

CAS philosophy, logic, or ethics elective

Plus one of the following:

College Algebra and Trigonometry

CAS MA 118 (4 credits)

MA 118 may not be taken for credit by any student who has completed any MA course numbered 121 or higher. Functions and graphs. Linear and quadratic equations. Exponents; logarithms. Right and oblique triangles; trigonometric functions. Optimization. Specifically intended to prepare students with insufficient background in mathematics for the study of calculus. This course may not be used in fulfillment of the divisional studies requirement. Satisfies the mathematics requirement in the College program.

Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I

CAS MA 121 (4 credits)

Students may receive credit for either CAS MA 121 or 123, but not both. Differentiation and integration of functions of one variable. Same topics as CAS MA 123, but with less emphasis on mathematical generality and more on application. Especially suitable for students concentrating in the biological and social sciences. Carries MCS divisional credit in CAS.



SAR SH 221 (4 credits)

Phonetics is the science of the sounds of speech, including how they are produced, perceived, and classified. In this course, students will develop competence in perceiving and classifying the segmental and suprasegmental patterns of American English. Students will master the International Phonetic Alphabet for broad and narrow transcription of vowels, consonants, and connected speech. Classroom and lab-based activities will develop listening and transcription skills for analyzing individual differences in dialect and accent, phonological development, and disordered speech.

Language Acquisition

SAR SH 524 (4 credits)

This course will focus on first language acquisition in infancy and childhood. We will cover the progression of language development in each of the traditional areas of linguistic analysis: phonology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. The course will be focused on experimental research in typical language acquisition and on different theories that strive to explain the underlying cognitive and linguistic mechanisms at work in an early learner.

CAS Physical science elective (Physics, CAS PY or Chemistry, CAS CH)

Cognition/neuroscience elective

General elective

Junior Year


Introduction to Linguistics

CAS LX 250 (4 credits)

Properties that languages share and how languages differ with respect to structure (sound system, word formation, syntax), expression of meaning, acquisition, variation, and change; cultural and artistic uses of language; comparison of oral, written, and signed languages. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

Diagnostic Audiology

SAR SH 535 (4 credits)

Requires both lecture and lab to cover hearing assessment through the use of pure-tone and speech audiometric techniques as well as the measurement of middle-ear function. The course also includes information about the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, acoustics, and the effect of noise on hearing.

SAR SH 523 Introduction to Speech Science

SAR elective


Introduction to the Clinical Process I

SAR SH 547 (4 credits)

This course is designed to prepare speech-language pathology students to enter into clinical practicum. Students will study theories of clinical process through guided observation experiences, culminating to a final mini-practicum experience. As part of this course, students will complete the ASHA requirement of 25 clinical observation hours.

2 General electives

PlusĀ one of the following for Math and Linguistics

Elementary Statistics

CAS MA 113 (4 credits)

MA 113 may not be taken for credit by any student who has completed any MA course numbered 300 or higher. Students may receive credit for not more than one of the following courses: CAS MA 113, MA 115, or MA 213. Basic concepts of estimation and tests of hypotheses, ideas from probability; one-, two-, and multiple-sample problems. Applications in social sciences. Primarily for students in the social sciences who require a one-semester introduction to statistics; others should consider CAS MA 115 or MA 213. Carries MCS divisional credit in CAS.

Statistics I

CAS MA 115 (4 credits)

MA 115 may not be taken for credit by any student who has completed any MA course numbered 300 or higher. Students may receive credit for not more than one of the following courses: CAS MA 113, MA 115, or MA 213. Numerical and graphical summaries of univariate and bivariate data. Basic probability, random variables, binomial distribution, normal distribution. One-sample statistical inference for normal means and binomial probabilities. Primarily for students in the social sciences with limited mathematics preparation.Carries MCS divisional credit in CAS.

Introduction to Experimental Design in Psychology

CAS PS 211 (4 credits)

Introduction to logic and methodology of univariate statistics with relevance to psychology. Topics include descriptive statistics, data representation, statistical inference, probability and significance, correlation and regression, and non parametric analyses. Does not count toward nine principal course requirement for majors.

Senior Year


Aural Rehabilitation

SAR SH 542 (4 credits)

An introduction to theory and techniques of audiologic habilitation and rehabilitation in audiology and speech-language pathology. The significance of Deaf world issues in the field of aural rehabilitation is addressed throughout the course.

Speech Sound Disorders

SAR SH 605 (3 credits)

Current theoretical models of phonological development and analysis will be applied to decision making processes in assessment and treatment of speech sound disorders.

Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

SAR SH 700 (2 credits)

Evidence-based practice in the diagnosis and remediation of speech, language or hearing disorders requires the application of research methods to answering clinical questions. The course includes an introduction to a range of experimental designs, statistical analyses, and measurement approaches in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. Contemporary journal articles are evaluated for quality and used as examples for sufficiency of evidence in clinical decision making.

Models of Language

SAR SH 708 (3 credits)

This course is a comprehensive overview of structure and process in language use and development and includes a review on the structure of language in each of the traditional areas of linguistic analysis. In addition, the course will provide an overview of normal language processing in children by reviewing the stages of typical language acquisition. Finally, experimental methods and analysis tools commonly used in language research will be covered.

Language Sampling Analysis

SAR SH 709 (1 credits)

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to elicit, transcribe and analyze conversation, narrative and expository language samples. Analyses in the areas of syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse are presented and the strengths and weaknesses of each of the analyses are discussed. The course also includes a discussion of theoretical and clinical issues related to the use of language sampling and analysis in the assessment and treatment of language disorders.

Evaluation and Diagnosis in Speech Pathology

SAR SH 737 (4 credits)

Differential diagnosis in speech pathology. Review of pertinent research, interpretation of test results, and discussion of the implications of the diagnostic findings in a total rehabilitation process.

Hearing Practicum I

SAR SH 748 (1 credits)

Clinical practicum for students in the Masters of Speech-Language Pathology program. Students conduct hearing screenings for children and adults under the supervision of an audiologist, following protocols established by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Some clinical sites are in local schools.

Cognition and Neural Bases

SAR SH 756 (4 credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the brain and its neuroanatomy; students will also learn about common models of language processing and the latest advances in neuroimaging studies on language processing in the brain. When students have completed this course, they should be able to (a) be able to identify various structures in the brain and their significance, (b) relate specific communicative disorders to their etiology in the brain, (c) relate models of language processing with specific regions in the brain, and (d) critically evaluate existing neuroimaging studies based on models of language processing and neuroanatomy.


Public School Programming in Speech-Language Pathology

SAR SH 702 (1 credits)

MS Speech-Language Pathology students only. The goal of this seminar is to provide students in public school practicum placements with knowledge regarding school-related issues such as service delivery models, assessment approaches, curriculum frameworks, governing laws and regulations, and the consultation process.

School-Age Language Disorders

SAR SH 729 (3 credits)

This course provides students with a foundation of knowledge about the etiology and characteristics of language disorders in school-age children. Students will discuss the evolving language demands that children encounter as they progress through school, and will explore the impact of language disorders on academic performance and social interaction in the classroom. Students will come to appreciate the relationship between oral and written language development, as well as the role of the SLP in the assessment and treatment of written language disorders. This course gives students the tools necessary to effectively identify, evaluate and treat children with language, reading and writing disorders.

Preschool Language Disorders

SAR SH 735 (3 credits)

This course explores communication disorders from infancy through the preschool period. Topics addressed include theoretical frameworks for the assessment and treatment of childhood language disorders, etiology and characteristics of language/communication disorders in infants and preschool children, principles and methods of assessment and intervention, multicultural issues in assessment and intervention, and current issues in the early childhood language disorders research literature. Class sessions and assignments are designed to facilitate students' critical thinking and problem solving abilities in the area of infant and preschool communication/language disorders.


SAR SH 736 (4 credits)

This course will cover current theories of language processing and of language breakdown subsequent to neuropathology. Course topics cover neuroanatomy, neuroimaging and psycholinguistic models of language processing. Evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of adults with aphasia will be covered. Students will learn how to analyze language disorders in relation to current theories using a variety of diagnostic instruments and how to use the results of this analysis to plan for therapy.


SAR SH 738 (3 credits)

This course will provide basic information necessary to understand normal and abnormal swallowing and will impart the knowledge and skills needed to assess and treat patients with dysphagia. Topics include neuroanatomy and physiology of swallowing, the clinical evaluation, instrumental evaluations (fluoroscopy and endoscopy), treatment, swallowing disorders in children, and complications of dysphagia. Videorecorded swallow studies will be shown in most classes to enable the student to become proficient in identifying abnormal findings.

Introduction to Clinical Practicum: Speech and Language

SAR SH 740 (Var credits)

Students are assigned to the Boston University Speech, Language and Hearing center for their first practicum experience. Clinical work is accompanied by regular group and individual meetings with the clinical staff. Acceptable hours may be applied to certification.

SAR SH 704 Clinical Reasoning: IPE (1cr)

Graduate Program


Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication

SAR SH 691 (3 credits)

History and theory of non-speech communication. Survey of types of augmentative communication aids, techniques, and symbol systems including sign language, and traditional and nonstandard orthography. Speech, language, and communication assessment and intervention strategies for non-speech communication modes. Funding and advocacy issues and procedures.

Counseling in Speech-Language Pathology: An Introductory Seminar

SAR SH 703 (1 credits)

MS Speech-Language students only. An introduction to the basic principles, theory, skills, and clinician characteristics necessary for counseling clients and their families. Emphasis is placed on the developing self-awareness and clinical presence as foundations for insight into the client's situation and choosing helpful responses.

Motor Speech Disorders

SAR SH 721 (2 credits)

In this course, students will review the neuroanatomy underlying motor speech disorders and will then learn about each type of motor speech disorder in detail. Most of the classes will cover specific types of dysarthria, but two sessions will focus on apraxia of speech. Clinical assessment protocols will be learned and treatment interventions will be covered. Each class will devote some time to listening and scoring audiotapes of patients with a dysarthria or apraxia of speech.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

SAR SH 727 (2 credits)

This course provides students with the core features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and a description of the fundamental features of associated communication disorders. Students have the opportunity to examine receptive language, expressive language and pragmatics in individuals with ASD through video presentations and review of the literature. Students discuss and evaluate issues associated with ASD including early diagnosis, behavioral challenges, treatment techniques, and current issues in the field.

Voice Disorders

SAR SH 733 (2 credits)

Anatomical and physiological bases of voice production. Diagnosis and therapy for phonatory disorders in children and adults. Function of the team philosophy for speech pathologists in vocal rehabilitation.

Clinical Practicum: Speech and Language

SAR SH 741 (Var credits)

Students are assigned to their first field-based experience from a variety of clinical settings. Students may also be assigned to Boston University specialty clinics. Acceptable clinical hours may be applied to certification.

Hearing Practicum II

SAR SH 752 (1 credits)

Establishing written goals for aural habilitation and rehabilitation though sample cases, online. Hands-on training and practice with hearing aids and other assistive listening devices in a workshop format.

SAR SH 705 Clinical Reasoning: Case Studies (1 cr)

SAR SH 744 Clinical Practicum: Diagnostics (1cr)


Healthcare Seminar

SAR SH 650 (1 credits)

MS in Speech-Language Students only. The goal of this seminar is to provide students in medical field placements with knowledge regarding service delivery models, reimbursement issues, documentation requirements, assessment approaches, goal setting, interdisciplinary team approaches, prioritizing treatment concerns and discharge planning. Case study presentations and discussions will be generated from students' field placement experiences.

Professional Issues

SAR SH 715 (0 credits)

This course addresses professional issues relevant for graduate students preparing to transition into the work world. Topics addressed include preparing for professional certification exams, applying for licensure/certification, ethical challenges in the workplace, continuing education responsibilities, job seeking/interviewing and preparing documentation for graduation.

Fluency Disorders

SAR SH 732 (2 credits)

Theories, diagnosis, and approaches to modification of stuttering behavior. Analysis of cases and review of pertinent research.

Acquired Cognitive Disorders

SAR SH 734 (3 credits)

An introduction to the rehabilitation of individuals with acquired brain injury across the recovery continuum from acute care to post-acute rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. Primary focus is on the role of the speech-language pathologist and the knowledge and skills required for diagnosis and treatment of this population. Formal and informal assessment tools, treatment paradigms, function of the interdisciplinary team, prevention, advocacy, and strategies to address the needs of family members are presented.

Clinical Practicum: Speech and Language

SAR SH 742 (Var credits)

Students are assigned their second field-based experience from a variety of clinical settings. Students may also be assigned to Boston University specialty clinics. Acceptable clinical hours may be applied to certification.

Comprehensive Examination

SAR SH 790 (0 credits)

0 credits, either semester

SAR SH 706 Clinical Reasoning: Advanced Case Studies (1)

SAR SH 757 Aging and Dementia (2)

Elective (2 cr)


Clinical Practicum: Speech and Language

SAR SH 743 (Var credits)

Students are assigned their third field-based experience from a variety of clinical settings. Students may also be assigned to Boston University specialty clinics. Acceptable clinical hours may be applied to certification.