Undergraduate Program Information

Undergraduate Program Information

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Hearing Sciences

Students are afforded the opportunity to learn about basic sciences (e.g. biology, physics, neurophysiology), basic communication processes, including the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, acoustics, linguistics, and child language development, and about selected disorders of human communication. Honours students have the opportunity to prepare for admission to master’s or clinical doctorate programs in audiology (AuD); admissions to graduate schools are, however, offered only on a competitive basis.

The minimum qualification to practise audiology in Canada and the United States is currently a master's degree. Students in the BA Pass program have the opportunity to prepare for admission to post-baccalaureate training as Communication Disorders Assistants, or for admission to a Faculty of Education.

Speech and Language Sciences

Students are afforded the opportunity to learn about basic sciences (e.g. biology, neurophysiology), basic communication processes, including the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, acoustics, linguistics, and child language development, and about selected disorders of human communication. Honours students have the opportunity to prepare for admission to graduate study in speech-language pathology; admissions to graduate schools are, however, offered only on a competitive basis. The minimum qualification to practise speech-language pathology in Canada and the United States is a master's degree. Students in the four-year BA with Major and BA Pass programs have the opportunity to prepare for admission to post-baccalaureate training as Communication Disorders Assistants, or for admission to a Faculty of Education.

Teaching English as a Subsequent Language (TESL)

This program is offered as a four-year BA Honours program and provides background in theories and methodologies relevant to the learning and teaching of English as a subsequent language. Students interested in teaching language in the Ontario school system should consult the Ministry of Education and Training guidelines. In those guidelines, 'Language Courses' mean English or any teachable (modern language) subject.

Students who wish to major in any of the programs of study offered by the Department of Applied Linguistics must apply to declare their major. Declaration of Major forms are available online at www.brocku.ca/registrar/forms/index.html and from the Office of the Registrar. Students in three- and four-year degree programs normally register for courses according to the program of study effective at the time they first declared their major.

The faculty of the Department of Applied Linguistics believes that students benefit from a broadly based liberal arts background in conjunction with a Major in Applied Linguistics, Hearing Sciences, Speech and Language Sciences or Teaching English as a Subsequent Language. Students are therefore encouraged to acquire some background in other academic disciplines as part of their undergraduate education. Students who wish to pursue a four-year degree (BA Honours and BA with Major) must apply to be admitted to Year 4 after completing 15 credits. Application forms for Year 4 admission are available online at www.brocku.ca/registrar/forms/index.html and in the Office of the Registrar.

The requirements for graduation with a BA (Honours) are a minimum 70 per cent major average and a minimum 60 per cent non-major average. The requirements for a BA with Major are a minimum 60 per cent major average and a minimum 60 per cent overall average.

 

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