The USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery offers the minor in Collaborations in Speech-Language and Hearing Professions. This minor is designed to introduce undergraduate students from wide variety of majors to the field of communication sciences and disorders (i.e. speech-language pathology and audiology) and guide them in the development of interdisciplinary knowledge which will lead to collaborative practices in health care, social services and education, as it relates to communication sciences and disorders. Relevant majors from which students may be interested in this minor include education, pre-medical and biological sciences, social work, occupational and physical therapy, linguistics, music or other related fields in a variety of aspects related to the field of communication sciences and disorders and/or speech, language and hearing professions.
Coursework for this minor will focus on Interprofessional Practice necessary to serving individuals with communication disabilities. The coursework will examine broad aspects of typical and atypical speech, language and hearing development, delays and disorders, technological advancements in hearing science and audiology practice and collaborative work settings for allied and related professionals serving individuals with communication disabilities. In addition, public policy and practice will be discussed throughout the coursework, including aspects of access to medical and educational services.
This minor requires 16 units, consisting of 4 required units and 12 elective units, as detailed below.