Table of Contents:

Introduction Transfer Credits The Hearing and Speech Major Requirements HESP Minor
A Career in HESP Minors and Double Majors HESP Course Descriptions Taking HESP Graduate Courses
Graduate School Education Abroad Info about Summer and Wintermester Courses Minimum Grade Requirement in HESP
Academic Advising Information for Seniors Allied/Related Fields Repeat Policy and Pass/Fail Policy
Becoming a HESP Major Departmental Activities and Programs Consortium of Universities Departmental Activities and Programs


This guide was written to provide a summary of information that is useful in completing a Bachelor of  Arts Degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP) at the University of Maryland. It also provides information relevant to pursuing a professional clinical career in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. The guide is not intended to replace the University of Maryland’s Undergraduate Catalog ( or the Schedule of Classes ( It is meant to provide a summary of the information useful to a student interested in Hearing and Speech Sciences. These more general sources should thus be consulted for additional information concerning academic regulations, University requirements, specific course offerings, and scheduling. Should you have any questions about any HESP requirements, please feel free to contact the Hearing and Speech Advisor.

A career in Hearing and Speech

The field of Speech-Language Pathology deals with the diagnosis and remediation of speech, language, voice, swallowing, and fluency problems in children and adults. The field of Audiology deals with the measurement of hearing and the rehabilitation of those with hearing impairments. Both the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association ( and the State of Maryland ( require a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and a Doctoral Degree in Audiology (Au.D.) as the minimum educational background for certification and licensure. There are very few opportunities to work in these fields with only a Bachelor’s Degree.  In addition to these clinical fields, the experimental study and teaching of Hearing and Speech Sciences generally requires a Ph.D. as the minimal graduate degree.

Graduate School

The undergraduate curriculum in Hearing and Speech Science is considered to be a pre-professional program. It does not prepare you to work as either a speech-language pathologis or an audiologist. I only prepares you to go on to Graduate School to get an advanced degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or Speech and Hearing Sciences. However, it is STILL a college degree and what you choose to do with it is up to you. It is important for students to understand that this major requires a graduate degree. Students should also be advised that graduate school admissions are highly competitive, and they should be prepared to perform to the best of their ability throughout the rigorous undergraduate curriculum in order to be competitive when applying to graduate programs.

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Academic Advising

Advising is always available to students regarding academic planning or concerns as well as graduate school and career planning.  Advising is available by appointment and may be scheduled by going to Academic advising is MANDATORY for Hearing and Speech undergraduates before registration each semester. Students will be notified by e-mail of their registration date or they may check their registration status by going to and clicking on “Appointment and Registration status”. A student should schedule an appointment with the HESP Academic Advisor about 1 week prior to their registration date and time. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION UNTIL YOU HAVE MET WITH THE HEARING AND SPEECH ACADEMIC ADVISOR. If you wait too long to schedule your appointment with an advisor, you may not be able to get an appointment and may miss registering at your earliest date. This may prevent you from getting courses that you want. 

You will also be required to meet with the HESP Undergraduate Advisor if you achieve a grade below a C-  in any HESP class. Please be advised that if this happens, any classes in which you are pre-registered can be dropped by the department until you have successfully completed any prerequisite classes.


HESP Undergraduate Advisor Office

0131 LeFrak Hall

(301) 405-4219



To make an appointment with HESP Undergraduate Advisor:

  1. Go to
  2. The underlined days are days when there are available appointments. 
  3. Click on the date you want to come in.  (To flip to a different month, click the arrows on either side of the month title at the top of the calendar.)
  4. The available time slots for the day will be shown to the right of the calendar.  Click on the time slot when you would like to come in.   (If you do not have any of the available time slots free, click on “Choose a different day” to pick another date.)
  5. You MUST give your first and last name and e-mail address. It’s helpful to know what you are coming in for, but that section is optional.  Fill in these fields and click “Submit”. 
  6. You will get a confirmation e-mail with a link to cancel your appointment if you need to. 
  7. NOTE: EACH APPOINTMENT IS ONLY 15 minutes. If you want to make a half hour appointment, you will need to hit the “Schedule another appointment” button after the confirmation screen with the cancellation address has appeared.  Then, simply make a second appointment for the time slot immediately following the initial time slot. 

You should make a 30 minute appointment for:

  1. Getting information about the HESP major or Minor
  2. Doing the paperwork to change your major to HESP
  3. Graduate school talk

If you need to see the advisor and there are no times that match your availability, email her at grissoms [at] with some times that you have free and she will do her very best to see you!

Hearing and Speech Department Office

The HESP Department Office is located on the ground level of LeFrak Hall, in LEF 0100. This office may be reached by telephone at (301) 405-4213.

Contacting Professors

The faculty in the Hearing and Speech Sciences Department encourage students to consult with them during their posted office hours to discuss course content, grading procedures and any problems or concerns they may have in their classes. They are also willing to discuss such topics as careers in Hearing and Speech Sciences, research opportunities in the field or in their lab, graduate school selection, etc. It is always best to see faculty during their office hours or to make an appointment via e-mail.  Faculty e-mail addresses are available on each faculty profile page (full-time faculty listings(adjunct faculty listings) and on all class syllabi.

Email and Local Address Policy

It is the responsibility of the HESP student to keep their e-mail address updated with the University. Furthermore, HESP students are required to make sure that their local address (the address at which they reside during the school year) is current with the University. Students can do so by visiting and clicking on “Records and Registration” and then “Change Address/E-mail”. The HESP Advisor can help students with this issue.  ANY STUDENT WHO DOES NOT KEEP THEIR INFORMATION CURRENT WITH THE UNIVERSITY WILL NOT BE GIVEN SPECIAL CONSIDERATION IN CASES OF MISSED INFORMATION.

Additionally, students are advised to use their Terpmail address when corresponding with professors. Although even these addresses are sometimes blocked by SPAM filters for various reasons, AOL, Hotmail, gmail, etc. addresses have a much higher probability of being mistakenly tagged as SPAM.  If you do not hear back from a professor in a timely manner, attempt to re-contact them through an alternate e-mail address or by phone.

Undergraduate Ombudsperson

The Undergraduate Ombudsperson, Jess Wertz, is available to all undergraduate student who would like to discuss any concerns that they may have about the program or courses that they do not feel comfortable bringing to the academic advisor. 

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Becoming a Hearing and Speech Major

To Declare or Change Major to HESP:

1.     Make an appointment with the HESP Undergraduate Advisor  (SEE ABOVE)to learn more about the major and career opportunities in the hearing and speech fields. If a student is interested, at the conclusion of the appointment, the Undergraduate Advisor will give the student a signed “Change of Major” form.

2.     Students must attend an Academic Planning Workshop in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) Advising Office (2148 Tydings Hall) to learn how to develop an academic plan. To sign up for a workshop go to The purpose of the academic plan is to help students learn their major requirements and plan for their degree completion. An online option for doing a graduate plan is also available at the same site.

3.     Submit the “Change of Major” form and the completed academic plan to the BSOS Advising Office (2148 Tydings Hall). The academic plan will be reviewed and approved within 10 business days. An email will be sent to the student about the status of his/her plan. If a student’s plan is denied, he/she will need to meet with a college advisor before proceeding.


In accordance with University of Maryland policy, the Hearing and Speech Department has implemented a Benchmark system to help students keep on track in their major and assure they complete their degree in a timely manner. Once a student declares Hearing and Speech as their major, their record is reviewed every two semesters.  Failure to meet the benchmark requirements results in DISMISSAL from the Hearing and Speech Sciences major.


Hearing and Speech majors must complete the following courses within two semesters of entering the major:

  • Academic Writing with D- or higher
  • Fundamental Studies Math with C- or higher (MATH 111, 115, 220, 140) or STAT 100
  • 1 required GEN ED or CORE course with D- or higher
  • HESP120 with C- or higher
  • HESP202 with C- or higher
  • PSYC100 with C- or higher  


Hearing and Speech majors must complete the following courses within two semesters of meeting Benchmark #1:

  • Life Science Course (Natural Science) with C- or higher
    (This course must be a Human Biology course- ex. BSCI 103, 105 or 106)*
  • Physical Science Course (Natural Science) with C- or higher
    (For students declaring their major Spring 2013 or after, this course must be Physics 102 and 103 (lab)*
  • One 300 level  HESP course with a C- or higher

*This coursework is specified in the American Speech-Language, Hearing Association’s  "2014 Standards and Implementation Procedures for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology" Effective September 1, 2014.   (see Standard IIIA.)

NOTE: Hearing and Speech majors who are enrolled under the General Education requirements may not use PSYC100 as a Natural Science.

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Transfer Credit

Credit for courses being transferred to the University of Maryland is determined first by the University Transfer Credit Center, then by the advisors in the College of Behavior and Social Sciences. During transfer orientation, courses that may apply to your major will be evaluated by the advisor in the Hearing and Speech Department. Students are encouraged to bring any catalog descriptions, course syllabi, or any other information that will help the advisor determine if specific credits may be acceptable for meeting departmental requirements.

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Minors and Double Majors

Hearing and Speech Science major requirements combined with the CORE (prior to 2012) requirements equals a total of 95 credits. The Hearing and Speech Science major requirements combined with the GEN ED (beginning Fall 2012) requirements equals a total of 89 credits. This total number of credits may vary for each student depending on how many credits they may have from Advanced Placement and how their CORE or GEN ED courses and their HESP major courses overlap.  The University requires a total of 120 credits for graduation.  As a result, HESP students may have as few as 25 or as many as 31 elective credits. Students may choose to use their elective credits by declaring a minor or double major in an additional area of interest. Keep in mind that this should only be attempted by students who are performing very successfully in their HESP major requirements. Having an additional major or a minor will NOT assure admission to a graduate program, however, poor grades in HESP courses will definitely prevent admission.

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Education Abroad

Students at the University of Maryland have a number of options when considering credit-bearing overseas experiences, including classroom-based and experiential education abroad programs administered by University of Maryland faculty. Students interested in studying abroad should first contact an advisor in the University of Maryland Education Abroad Office ( They can help you find programs that are interesting to you. Before you complete the study abroad application process, you will be required to meet with the HESP Academic Advisor ( to determine how to fit a semester abroad into his/her academic plan. 

The Undergraduate Advisor will be able to help students identify places where they may be able to take courses that will count towards their major requirements and/or supporting coursework (Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Canada and other English speaking countries). Most countries offer Hearing and Speech Science programs at only a few universities; so if you need or want to take major courses while abroad, we suggest you identify these universities first, rather than select a host city/University at random. Students often choose to take courses abroad that will fulfill course requirements in CORE or GENERAL EDUCATION.  It is important to contact the advisor as soon as a student has made the decision to study abroad in order to avoid any HESP major requirement conflicts during their senior year. Keep in mind that there are many Study Abroad programs that are offered during the January Term or over the Summer Sessions for students who do not want to spend an entire semester abroad.

For more information about studying abroad go to the University of Maryland’s Education Abroad website.

Education Abroad Office
3122 Susquehanna Hall
Telephone: (301) 314-7746

Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

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Information for Juniors

Junior Audit

All students should complete an audit before the beginning of their senior year. The purpose of the audit is to ensure that students have successfully completed both the University CORE/GEN ED and major requirements for graduation. You will be notified by e-mail with instructions on completing an online audit. This is the easiest way to complete the audit. If you would prefer to complete your audit in person, please complete the procedures below before making an appointment with the HESP Advisor.  

  1. Go to Click on Degree Navigator (audit) in the left hand column. Follow the instructions, and print a copy of your Degree Navigator.
  2. Make a 30 minute appointment with the Hearing and Speech Advisor.
  3. After the advisor completes the HESP portion of the audit, schedule an appointment with BSOS advising for a senior audit. (Note: You MUST have an appointment at BSOS advising to review your audit. Go to their appointment website to make an appointment)

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Information for Seniors

Apply for Graduation

Do not forget to apply for graduation within the first 10 days of the semester of your anticipated graduation date.If you are not completely sure if you will graduate, apply anyway. It is much easier to hold you over for a semester than to apply late. Go to to apply for graduation.

Senior Clearance

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences submits the academic record for graduating seniors to the HESP Department for departmental clearance for graduation. Should any problems arise concerning graduation, you will be contacted by the Undergraduate Advisor. If you anticipate problems concerning your clearance for graduation, it is your responsibility to see the advisor as soon as possible.

Commencement Ceremonies

The University of Maryland hosts University Commencement ceremonies in December and May. The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences hosts College Commencement ceremonies in December. The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences hosts its own Commencement ceremony in May.  All students that graduate at any time during the year are welcome to attend the May Department Graduation Ceremony. Information about University Commencement can be found at If you plan to graduate in December and return for the Department ceremony in May, please make sure that the Hearing and Speech Advisor (Stephanie Grissom)  has a current e-mail address so that you can be contacted at that time.

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The Hearing and Speech Major Requirements

Major Requirements:

A total of 49 credits is required for the Hearing and Speech major: 33 credits of required major courses and 16 credits from related fields as supporting courses. The required major courses (33 credits) are listed below. Course schedules are subject to change. It is the student's responsibility to check program offerings each semester in the Schedule of Classes. Course titles with recommended and required pre-requisites are also listed below.

Required HESP Courses

(10 Courses)

Elective HESP Courses

(1 Course)

Required Related Fields Courses

HESP 120
HESP 202
HESP 300
HESP 305
HESP 311
HESP 400
HESP 403
HESP 407
HESP 411

One of the following:

HESP 402, 404, 406, 410

HESP 386*

HESP 389*

HESP 402

HESP 404

HESP 406

HESP 410

HESP 413
HESP 417
HESP 418*
HESP 420
HESP 422
HESP 469* (HONR)
HESP 498
HESP 499*

*indicates individual course registration. You must have faculty section number and clearance from HESP Advisor

 PSYC 100

PHYS 102 and 103 (Lab)

Advanced Statistics: (one of the following)
PSYC 200
EDMS 451
BIOM 301

Allied/Related Fields (One 3 credit class from each of the following areas):

Area I: Social & Behavioral Sciences

 (see list on page 12)

Area II: Biological & Physical Sciences

 (see list on page 13)

Credits: 30

Credits: 3

Credits: 16

Total Credits: 49

Natural Sciences:

The University of Maryland requires that students take two “Natural Sciences” courses. However, in order to be certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association at the completion of your graduate program, you must demonstrate that you have had a Physical science (Physics or Chemistry) and a Life science (specifically related to human life systems, not insects, animals or plants). (, see Standard IIIA) Students declaring their major beginning Spring 2013 will be required to take PHYS 102 and 103(lab) Physics of Music. Students may choose their own Life Science course, however, it is recommended that the course contain the prefix  BSCI.  These requirements can also be met through AP credits. HESP students matriculating under the General Education requirements (beginning Fall 2012) may not use PSYC100 as a Natural Science.

Required HESP Courses


Course Title



Semester(s) Offered

HESP 120

Intro to Linguistics (counts as Scholarship and Practice)


Fall, Spring

HESP 202

Intro to Hearing & Speech Sciences


Fall, Spring

HESP 300

Intro to Psycholinguistics

HESP 202/

(HESP 120)

Fall, Spring

HESP 305

Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

HESP 202

Fall, Spring

HESP 311

Anatomy, Pathology & Physiology of the Auditory System

HESP 202

Fall, Spring

HESP 400

Speech & Language Development in Children

HESP 300/

(HESP 120)

Fall, Spring

HESP 403

Intro to Phonetic Science

HESP 305

Fall, Spring

HESP 407

Bases of Hearing Science

HESP 311

Fall, Spring

HESP 411

Intro to Audiology

HESP 311

Fall, Spring

Choose one of the following


HESP 402

Phonological and Language Disorders in Children

HESP 400


HESP 404

 Voice and Fluency Disorders

HESP 305


HESP 406

Acquired Neurological Communication Disorders in Adults

HESP 300, 305


HESP 410

Organic Speech Disorders

HESP 305/

(HESP 403)



Students must take one 3 credit course from the following elective course offerings:

HESP 402, 404, 406, or 410 (Students may take a second HESP Disorder course as a Hearing and Speech Elective. See descriptions above.)

HESP413 – Aural Rehabilitation (Summer)

Prerequisite:HESP311 and Sophomore Standing or higher. Offered: Summer Fundamental aspects of aural rehabilitation therapy for both adults and children are introduced.  

*HESP 417 – Principles and Methods in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Prerequisite: HESP 311, 411, & one disorder course (HESP402, 404, 406 or 410) Offered: Fall, Summer Session II This class is HIGHLY recommended for students planning to attend graduate school. Some clinical observation hours will be earned in this class.

HESP 418A - Clinical Practice in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology : Audiology Option

HESP418B - Clinical Practicum in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology: Speech Language Pathology Option

Prerequisite: Senior Standing, By application only. Offered: Spring

HESP 418 is an elective course that Hearing and Speech students with senior standing may apply to take during the Spring semester of their Senior year. This course allows students to participate in the department's Speech and Hearing Clinic under close clinical supervision. Completion of HESP 418 is not considered a requirement for admission to a graduate program. Availability for HESP 418 is limited. Students must apply for HESP 418 the semester prior to their anticipated registration. Students must meet the following requirements for admission to HESP 418:

1.     Completion of 21 hours of HESP courses, including HESP 411, 417, and one disorder course (HESP 402 is preferred).

2.     Completion of 20 hours of supervised observation (under HESP 417) prior to beginning practicum.

3.     Student must have 12 hours of available time from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 6: p.m. for participating in practicum and/or staffing meetings.

4.     Senior standing.

5.     HESP GPA of 3.0 or better.

HESP 420 - Deafness and Sign Language

Offered: Summer Session I.  An introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture.

HESP 422 - Neurological Bases of Human Communication

Prerequisite: HESP305 and permission of department     Offered: Spring.  Basic neurology as it pertains to anatomy and physiology substrates of speech and language.


HESP 386 - Experiential Learning 3 credits (Must have Junior Standing or higher)

Experiential Learning internships are designed to give students observation experience to help them integrate classroom learning with practical experience, gain career experience, make professional contacts, observe professionals in the field, experience different educational, work or cultural environments, and clarify personal and professional goals.


  1. To be eligible for a 386 credit, a student must have earned 56 credits, including 12 credits at UMCP and 3 credits in HESP.
  2. HESP 386 is a variable credit course and can be taken for 3 to 6 credits. However, departmental policy dictates that only 3 credits may be applied toward the HESP major. If you would like to complete an observation experience for LESS THAN 3 CREDITS, this can be done through BSOS Experiential Learning Program. Information about this option can be found at:
  3. HESP 386 may be taken by any student with the sponsorship of a HESP faculty member in accordance with department regulations. Each faculty member has a sponsoring code for HESP 386 that must be used to register for the experience. Please consult the Advisor or the HESP main office before registering.
  4. A 386 course may be taken using the regular grading method in order to serve as a HESP elective. HESP 386 may be taken with the pass/fail grading option if the student does not wish to count the credits toward the HESP major elective requirement.
  5. Outside sponsors must provide evidence of current ASHA certification if they are functioning if they are functioning as SLPs or Audiologists; other types of sponsors are permissible with HESP faculty sponsor approval.
  6. Typically, HESP 386 will require a graded capstone assignment, such as a research paper relevant to the student's experiences.
  7. We regret that HESP faculty cannot identify external HESP 386 experiences. Students are responsible for locating externships.


HESP 389 LEAP Classroom Internship: Prerequisite: HESP202. Grade Method: Regular only. 1-3 credits. Prior approval of LEAP Director. 

Participation in a language-based, literacy-rich preschool classroom for children with speech-language disorders. Students will learn behavior management techniques, curriculum planning and implementation, facilitation of play among children, data collection and teaching strategies. Students should apply to Kathy Dow-Burger, Director of the Preschool (kdowburg [at] (subject: HESP%20389%20LEAP%20Classroom%20Internship) ()) at least one semester prior to the one in which they want to intern. 

HESP 469H - Honors Thesis Research       For students in the Departmental Honors Program only.

HESP 498 - Seminar in Hearing and Speech Sciences

HESP 498 is used by the department to periodically offer courses covering current topics in the field. Normally there will be a one letter suffix. Topics and scheduling for this course varies. Students should consult the Schedule of Classes for current offerings.

HESP 499 - Independent Study: Topics in Hearing and Speech Sciences

This registration is to be used either for i) True independent scholarly work such as a literature review or research project, or ii) Undergraduate Research or Teaching Assistantship. It can vary from 1-3 credits depending on the amount of time the student is involved in a particular activity.  Grade methods: Regular for true independent scholarly work OR Pass-Fail* for Research or Teaching Assistantships. The student must secure prior faculty approval before registering for this course. The student is expected to discuss with the sponsoring faculty member the nature of the requirements and number of credits received for course completion. Each faculty member has a distinct section code for registration. Faculty should inform the Hearing and Speech Advisor of the number of credits that the student is allowed to register for and which grading method is to be used.


*Please note the University Guidelines for Pass-Fail grading below.

**Pass-Fail Policy: The following Pass-Fail policy was approved by the Board of Regents for implementation beginning with the Spring 1989 semester:

  1. To register for a course under the pass-fail option, an undergraduate must have completed 30 or more credit hours of college credit with a GPA of at least 2.0. At least 15 of these credit hours must have been completed at the University of Maryland, College Park with a University of Maryland GPA of at least 2.0.
  2. Courses for which this option applies must be electives in the student's program. The courses may not be college, major, field of concentration, or general education program requirements.
  3. Only one course per semester may be registered for under the pass-fail option.
  4. No more than 12 semester hours of credit may be taken under the pass-fail option during a student's college career.
  5. Students may not choose this option when re-registering for a course.
  6. When registering under the pass-fail option, a course that is passed will count as hours in the student's record but will not be computed in the grade point average. A course that is failed will appear on the student's record and will be computed both in the overall average and the semester average.
  7. Students registering for a course under the pass-fail option are required to complete all regular course requirements. Their work will be evaluated by the instructor by the normal procedure for letter grades. The instructor will submit the normal grade. The grades A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D or D- will automatically be converted by the Office of the Registrar to the grade P on the student's permanent record. The grade F will remain as given. The choice of grading option may be changed only during the schedule adjustment period for courses in which the student is currently registered.

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Required Supporting Course Work

Psychology 100: All students must take PSYC 100 (Introduction to Psychology).
Physics 102 and 103 (lab) : Students declaring their major in Spring 2013 or later must take Physics 102 and 103 (Physics of Music) (Offered Fall only)Advanced Statistics: (STAT 100 does NOT satisfy this departmental requirement)  The student must select one of the three statistics courses listed below. Please note the pre-requisites listed for each course.PSYC 200 – Statistical Methods in Psychology Prerequisite: PSYC100 and (MATH111 or MATH140 or MATH220)EDMS 451 – Introduction to Educational Statistics Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing or higherBIOM 301 – Introduction to Biometrics Prerequisite: MATH113 or MATH115

PLEASE NOTE: PSYC 200 and BIOM 301 have specific Math prerequisites which must be satisfied prior to registration. Taking these courses without the required Math is not advised.

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Allied/Related Fields

HESP students will take 6 credits from course offerings in Allied/Related fields. One three credit course must be selected from Area I and one three credit course must be selected from Area II.(Prerequisites are italicized and included in parentheses.)

Note: These classes are subject to change in prerequisites and availability; other classes may appear in the Schedule of Classes which might be acceptable additions. If you identify a course that you believe should fulfill an Area requirement, consult the Advisor to see if permission can be granted for this registration.

Area I Offerings: Social & Behavioral Sciences

ANTH 260 - Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology and Linguistics

COMM 324 - Communication and Gender

COMM 470 - Listening

COMM 476 - Language, Communication and Action

EDCI 434 – Pedagogy of Teaching English Language Learners

EDCI 467 – Teaching Writing

EDCP 220 – Introduction to Human Diversity in Social Institutions

EDCP 462 – Disability in American Society

EDHD 306 – Research Methods in Human Development 
EDHD 320 - Human Development through the Lifespan
EDHD 400 - Introduction to Gerontology

EDHD 411 – Child Growth and Development

EDHD 412 – Infant Development

EDHD 413 – Adolescent Development

EDHD 420 – Cognitive Development and Learning (EDHD300, EDHD320, EDHD411, PSYC355, PSYC341 or permission of Department)

EDHD 460 - Educational Psychology (PSYC100)

EDPS 301 – Foundations of Educations

EDSP 376 – Fundamentals of Sign Language
EDSP 470 - Introduction to Special Education (EDSP 210 does not satisfy this requirement and this class will not count if you have already had EDSP210)

EDSP 476 – Communication with Sign Language (EDSP376 or permission)
FMSC 330 - Family Theories and Patterns (Junior standing)
FMSC 332 - Children in Families (FMSC105 or PSYC100)
FMSC 431 - Family Crises and Intervention (PSYC 100)
FMSC 432 - Adult Development and Aging in Families (PSYC100; and {SOCY100 or SOCY105};

FMSC497 – The Child and the Law

LING 240 – Language and Mind
LING 311 - Syntax I (LING240)
LING 321 - Phonology I (LING240)
LING 350 -Philosophy of Language (PHIL170 or LING311; Also offered as PHIL 360)

LING 410 - Grammar and Meaning (LING 311 or permission of instructor)
LING 455 - Second Language Acquisition (LING 311)

PHIL 170 - Introduction to Logic
PHIL 250 - Philosophy of Science I
PHIL 360 - Philosophy of Language (Two courses in PHIL; and PHIL170 or PHIL 370)

PSYC 221 - Social Psychology (PSYC100)
PSYC 354 -  Cross-Cultural Psychology (PSYC100)

ANY 300-400 level Psychology Course (These courses are primarily “Psych major only” courses except during Summer Sessions)

SLCC 350 -  Language, Identity and Diversity in the U.S.

SOCY 227 – Introduction to the Study of Deviance

SOCY 230 - Sociological Social Psychology
SOCY 241 - Inequality in American Society

SOCY 325 – The Sociology of Gender (3 credits of SOCY)

SURV 400 - Fundamentals of Survey Methodology (STAT100 or permission)

Area II Offerings: Biological & Physical Sciences

ANTH 220 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology

AOSC 123 - Causes and Implications of Global Change(Credit will be granted for only one of the

 following: AOSC123, GEOG123, GEOL123, or METO123)

AREC 365 - World Hunger, Population, and Food Supplies

BSCI 122 - Microbes and Society

BSCI 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BSCI105 or equivalent)
BSCI 202 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BSCI201 or permission)

ENST 233 - Introduction to Environmental Health

HLTH 230 - Introduction to Health Behavior (HLTH130 prior or concurrently)

HLTH 285 - Controlling Stress and Tension

HLTH 377 - Human Sexuality
HLTH 498T - Special Topics in Health: Medical Terminology (Online)

KNES 333 - Physical Activity for Students with Special Needs
KNES 370 - Motor Development
KNES 385 - Motor Control and Learning

NFSC 315 - Nutrition During the Life Cycle(NFSC100)

PHIL 261 - Philosophy of the Environment

PHYS 104 - How Things Work: Science Foundations (Placementin MATH110 or higher. Not open to

 students who have completed PHYS121 or any higher physics course)

PHYS 111 - Physics in the Modern World
PHYS 121 - Fundamentals of Physics I (MATH112 or MATH115)
PHYS 122 - Fundamentals of Physics II (PHYS121 or equivalent)
PSYC 301 - Biological Bases of Behavior (BSCI105 and PSYC100)

PSYC 310 - Perception (PSYC100; and {BSCI105, BSCI106, or PHYS121})

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Minimum Grade Requirements in HESP

The University and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences require that the student maintain an overall average of 2.0 and an average of 2.0 for all major and supporting courses. In addition, the following rule governs graduation with a major in HESP:

A grade of C- or better must be earned in the 33 credits to be applied toward the HESP major and in the 16 credits of supporting courses or a course must be repeated until a C- or better is earned. No HESP class may be repeated more than once.

*Note: If a HESP course requires another HESP course as its prerequisite, the prerequisite course MUST be completed with a grade of C- or better before the student will be allowed to take the next HESP course. *

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Repeat Policy

University of Maryland policies state that any course (HESP or otherwise) may only be repeated ONCE. If a student enrolls in a class and subsequently drops that class with a “W”, then that is counted as the first attempt and students must then pass that course on the second enrollment. Additionally, there is a limit to the number of courses that a student may repeat, depending on class standing. Special exceptions may be granted by the Dean of the College, given exceptional circumstances; however, it should be advised that waivers to this policy are rarely, if ever, granted by the HESP department.

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Pass/Fail Policy

NO major, supporting, CORE or GEN ED courses may be taken with the Pass/Fail grading option. Please note, however, that any of these courses MAY be taken Pass/Fail as long as they are NOT needed to fill any of the above stated requirements.

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HESP Minor


This course sequence acquaints students with the primary basic science background in the speech, language and hearing sciences, and permits the student to select two courses in the specific professional areas of speech, language or hearing based on the student’s primary interest area.

This minor serves 2 different purposes:

1. A minor in Hearing and Speech Sciences can be used to compliment a major in a related field such as Special Education, Linguistics, Psychology, Education, or a Foreign Language. It allows a student to understand the relationship between speech, language and hearing normal development and their related disorders. It also encourages collaboration between this discipline and related ones.

2. This minor can also be utilized for students who are in other majors but have decided to pursue graduate studies in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. These courses are widely viewed as potential pre-requisites to such programs and constitute a proportion but not all of the pre-requisites needed for eventual certification with an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology or an Au.D. in Audiology.  Because both graduate programs and the American Speech Language Hearing Association may require additional coursework, the student pursuing a HESP Minor for this purpose is strongly encouraged to meet with the HESP Academic Advisor to ensure that eventual educational goals are properly addressed. 

The HESP Minor DOES NOT qualify an individual to work professionally as a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist, but does provide a proportion of the coursework required to practice in the State of Maryland as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

*All classes must be completed with a grade of C- or better and as with HESP majors, students must obtain a grade of C- or better in a class in order to enroll in any courses that requires that class as a pre-requisite.

Requirements for the HESP minor include the following coursework.

HESP 202

HESP 300

HESP 400

HESP 403

HESP 407

PLUS 2 courses in one of the 2 elective areas:

Elective Option 1: (Speech-Language Pathology focus)

HESP 305

HESP 402, 404, 406, or 410

Elective Option 2: (Audiology focus)

HESP 311

HESP 411


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Summer Courses

Students may be able to complete some coursework during the summer sessions. Because of prerequisite requirements, students declaring the HESP major late (e.g., during the senior year), should expect to take summer classes or plan to extend their program in order to graduate within four years. Typical course offerings in the summer sessions are HESP 120, 300, 311, 403, 420, and 386/499. Additional courses are often offered as well, depending upon need and instructor availability. Summer courses are usually posted about two months prior to the summer sessions. Interested students should consult the Advisor or Testudo for further information.

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Taking HESP Graduate Courses

HESP undergraduate students may take a graduate course offered by the HESP department as an elective. Please note that credit will be granted either for undergraduate or graduate credit, not both!  Students must obtain prior permission from the instructor and the department before enrolling in a HESP graduate course. Graduate courses are listed in the Graduate section of the website.

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Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

The University of Maryland is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.  Classes may be taken at other universities in the Washington Metropolitan area such as: American University, The Catholic University, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, National Defense Intelligence College, National Defense University, Trinity College and the University of the District of Columbia. Students enrolled in these institutions are able to attend certain classes and pay tuition at their home campus. Any eligible degree seeking student may participate. Contact the Consortium Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar at UMCP at 301-314-8239 (1113 Mitchell Building) or go to for more information and appropriate forms. This option may be particularly helpful for students wishing to take courses in Deaf Education. Appropriate consortium classes may be taken for HESP elective credits. Please check with the HESP Advisor before enrolling in any consortium classes for HESP elective credits.

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Departmental Honors in Hearing and Speech Sciences

The objective of the HESP Honors program is to encourage and recognize superior academic achievement and scholarship by providing opportunities for interested, capable, and energetic undergraduates to engage in independent study. A research project will be conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor and will result in an Honors thesis.

Program Overview

The HESP Honors program is a three semester sequence, typically spanning from the Fall of Junior year until the Fall of Senior year.Interested students must apply to be considered for the HESP Honors Program by the deadline posted for each year (typically June 1 preceding the Fall of Junior year).Students must complete 9 credits of HONR seminars or HESP graduate courses in a subject that supports the proposed course of study or some combination of the two. One of the required HONR seminars towards these 9 credits is HESP499H (3 credits).Students will be expected to complete an Honors Thesis with the assistance of a thesis advisor.  The thesis culminates in an oral defense. Students must complete 6 credits of HESP Honors research (HESP 469A and B) for the thesis. Three of the HESP Honors research credits may be used to fulfill the CORE Advanced Studies requirement upon successful completion of the thesis defense.

Please meet with the Undergraduate Advisor or Director of the Honors Program. Also see the HESP Honors section of this website.

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Departmental Activities and Programs

National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

The University of Maryland Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association  (NSSLHA) is the official student organization of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This group has regular meetings to plan fundraising activities and community service events each semester. NSSLHA provides access to professional literature, opportunity to interact with professionals, and assistance in the transition from undergraduate to graduate to professional life. Being active in this group and earning Key Membership looks great on a resume. Students should also consider joining National NSSLHA ( Membership benefits include discounted admission to the National ASHA Convention every November and if you are a member for the 2 years immediately prior to your completion of Graduate School, you receive a significant discount in applying for ASHA Membership and Certification. Information and applications are available at the NSSHLA website.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research (MCUR) has listings of faculty on campus who are looking for research assistance. The MCUR website is

The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Program (UTA)

Think about being a Teaching assistant for a class in which you earned an A. The Center for Teaching Excellence has an excellent program that allows you to earn credits for being a Teaching Assistant. (

The UTA program is an exciting teaching-learning experience. This program is a cooperative effort of the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the College of Education. This program allows the student to develop a close working relationship with both professors and fellow students. As part of this experience, the student participates in a concurrent seminar which complements the UTA experience (EDUC 388: Guided Experiences in College Teaching I and EDCI 498: Special Problems in Teaching Education). Students earn a total of 4 credits.

A mutual agreement is formed between the mentor and the prospective UTA. The assistantship typically requires an 8-10 hour per week commitment and 2 hours per week for seminar meetings. The role of the TA generally includes: providing tutorial assistance; leading discussions; reviewing for exams; lecturing; preparing and evaluating exams.

To be selected for the program, the student must have a junior standing, a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a grade of A in the course of assistance. For more information go to the UTA website, or contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies, 2130 Mitchell Building, (301) 405-3154.

The Language-Learning Early Advantage Program (LEAP)

LEAP is an individualized preschool program with a strong classroom language-based focus. LEAP’s mission is threefold: to train speech-language pathology graduate and undergraduate students; to provide treatment to preschool-age children between the ages of 3 and 5 years who demonstrate speech and/or language delays in the absence of other handicapping conditions; and to conduct research. Undergraduate students are very active in the classroom as well as the curriculum planning. Students interested in participating in LEAP must be available a total of about 10 to 11 hours a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for either AM or PM LEAP. Contact the Undergraduate Advisor to obtain more information and an application for LEAP the semester prior to the one you wish to become a LEAP participant.

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HESP Course Descriptions

See the University of Maryland undergraduate catalog at

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