SAR: Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

Sample Pathway

Students who are interested in pursuing careers in speech-language pathology, audiology or a related area can use a major in speech, language and hearing sciences (SLHS) as an undergraduate foundation. The prerequisites for BU’s graduate program in speech-language pathology (MS-SLP) are included in this curriculum. There is a student organization, the BU chapter of the National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA). Dr. Tyler Perrachione ( is the program director.

Below is an example of a four-year plan of a College of General Studies student pursuing a degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences. Students will work with their CGS academic advisors and Sargent College to plan their own pathway to a speech, language, and hearing sciences degree.

Gap Semester Recommended external course: General Psychology (equivalent to CAS PS 101)Note: Prior approval must be granted for external coursework
  Semester I Semester II
Freshman Year* CGS RH 103
CGS SS 103
Statistics: CGS MA 113, CAS MA 113, CAS MA 115, or CAS MA 213
Hub or General Elective
CGS required courses (London or Boston-New England semester)
Sophomore Year* CGS HU 201
CAS BI 105
Math/Computing/Data Science: CAS MA 119, CAS MA 121, CDS DS 100, CDS DS 110, CAS CS 101, or CAS CS 111
SAR SH 110
CGS HU 202
CGS SS 202
CAS BI 210
SAR SH 221
Junior Year SAR SH 220
CAS LX 250
Cog/Neuro: SAR SH 335, CAS NE 101, CAS PS 205, CAS PS 231, or CAS PS 336
Physical Science: CAS PY104 (or any other CAS CH or CAS PY)
SAR SH 230
SAR SH 240
SAR SH 350
SAR HP 252
Senior Year SAR SH 325
SAR SH 340
SAR SH 355
SAR SH 415
Sargent Elective (SAR HP 353 or other SAR)
SAR SH 356
Hub or General Elective
Hub or General Elective

*Sargent recommends that students take the specific CGS courses to fulfill the greatest number of major and BU Hub requirements. Please note that external courses are not eligible for Hub general education credit.

College of General Studies Program Requirements

  • Two rhetoric courses: CGS RH 103 and CGS RH 104
    • CGS RH 104 is taken during the London semester
  • Two natural science courses: CGS NS 201 and CGS NS 202
    • Effective fall 2021, SLHS majors in good standing should take CAS BI 105 and CAS BI 210 in place of CGS NS 201 and CGS NS 202.
  • Three social science courses:
    • CGS SS 104 is required and is taken during the London semester
    • Students select at least two additional SS courses and will work with their academic advisor to determine course selection
  • Three humanities courses:
    • CGS HU 104 is required and is taken during the London semester
    • Students select at least two additional HU courses and will work with their academic advisor to determine course selection

Note: Students who are exempt from CGS NS 202 must enroll in at least one CGS course in semester II of sophomore year.

Continuation Requirements

  • Completion of the CGS required courses and appropriate electives
  • Cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.00

Graduation Requirements

  • BU Hub requirements
    • Students who take the specific CGS courses noted on the pathway above will fulfill all BU Hub requirements except the units listed below. These remaining Hub units will be fulfilled through the following courses:
    • Scientific Inquiry I and Quantitative Reasoning I fulfilled by CAS BI 105
    • Creativity/Innovation (1 unit) fulfilled by CAS BI 210
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy (1 unit) fulfilled by CAS LX 250
    • Quantitative Reasoning II fulfilled by CGS/CAS MA 113 or CAS MA 115 or CAS MA 213
    • Writing Intensive Course (1 unit) fulfilled by SAR HP 252
    • Teamwork/Collaboration (1 unit) fulfilled by SAR SH 110
    • You will owe one remaining Hub unit – Teamwork/Collaboration (available from SAR SH 335)
  • Speech, language, and hearing sciences major requirements


If you would like advice, help with planning, or simply need more information on SAR programs, please make an appointment with Academic Counselor, Roz Abukasis on Further details can also be provided by contacting the program directors directly.

This is a sample pathway to be used in consultation with your CGS Academic Advisor.

It is subject to change according to course availability and individual circumstances.

Last revised: 03/11/2024