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Whether learning about communication sciences, the relationship between language and society, or preparing to become a Speech-language Pathologist, students studying in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at GW receive in-depth knowledge of all aspects of communication and its disorders. As part of the social and behavioral sciences discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program provides deep knowledge of language and communication, including the consequences of speech and hearing challenges to individuals and society, and the treatment of communication delays and disorders.

Required (20 credits)  
SPHR 1071 Foundations of Human Communication  
SPHR 2101 Research Methods  
SPHR 2131 Language Acquisition and Development  
SPHR 2135 Language: Structure, Meaning, and Use  
SPHR 2136 Phonetics  
SPHR 4118W Senior Seminar  
STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science  

Students must complete a concentration in either communication sciences and disorders, hearing and deafness, or language and communication sciences. 

Communication Sciences and Disorders Concentration

Required  
SPHR 2104 Speech and Language Disorders  
or SPHR 2104W Speech and Language Disorders
SPHR 2105 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing I  
SPHR 2106 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing II  
SPHR 2107 Acoustics  
SPHR 2108 Introduction to Audiology  
SPHR 4119 Analysis and Modification of Communication Disorders  
Two electives from the following:  
SPHR 1072 Multicultural Issues in Human Communication  
SPHR 1081
  & SPHR 1082
American Sign Language I
   and American Sign Language II
 
SPHR 2132 Literacy  
SPHR 2133 Autism  
SPHR 3116 Brain & Language  

Hearing and Deafness Concentration

Required  
SPHR 1081 American Sign Language I  
SPHR 1084 Perspectives in Deaf Culture  
SPHR 2106 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing II  
SPHR 2107 Acoustics  
SPHR 2108 Introduction to Audiology  
SPHR 2117 Hearing & Perception  
Two electives from the following:  
SPHR 1072 Multicultural Issues in Human Communication  
SPHR 2104 Speech and Language Disorders  
SPHR 2132 Literacy  
SPHR 3116 Brain & Language  

Language and Communication Sciences Concentration 

Required  
PSYC 2014 Cognitive Psychology  
SPHR 1072 Multicultural Issues in Human Communication  
SPHR 2106 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing II  
SPHR 3116 Brain & Language  
Four electives from the following:  
ANTH 1004 Language in Culture and Society  
ANTH 3601 Language, Culture, and Cognition  
ANTH 3602 Ethnographic Analysis of Speech  
or ANTH 3602W Ethnographic Analysis of Speech
ANTH 3603 Psycholinguistics  
PSYC 2013 Developmental Psychology  
PSYC 3118 Neuropsychology  
PSYC 3121 Memory and Cognition  
PSYC 3122 Cognitive Neuroscience  
SPHR 2104 Speech and Language Disorders  
SPHR 2105 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing I  
SPHR 2117 Hearing & Perception  
SPHR 2132 Literacy  
SPHR 2133 Autism

USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


University requirements


Program requirements

  • High School Transcript, School Report and Mid-Year Grade Report
  • Letters of Recommendation. One counselor and one teacher recommendation should be submitted through forms on the Common Application.
  • Portfolio (for Corcoran Students Only)
  • In addition to the Common Application, you must complete the Writing Supplement. The GW supplemental essay question is a chance to show your personality and share your voice beyond your application. Select one of the essay questions on the Common Application and respond in 250 words or fewer.
  • If English is not your first language, you are required to submit official scores from an English proficiency examination, regardless of citizenship. We recommend that you take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic prior to submitting your application and make sure that official test scores are sent directly to us. 
  • If you plan to enter the United States on a student (F-1) or exchange visitor (J-1) visa, you are required to submit a Financial Certificate (PDF) and a bank statement. This information is required because international students at GW are not eligible for need-based financial assistance.

Scholarships

All freshman, transfer and international applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships as part of the admissions process and no application is required.

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