New Certificate in Speech and Hearing Sciences in Linguistics Program From Rutgers

Hello and happy summer everyone! I promised I’d stop writing for the website once I graduated, but here I am a week later! I’m just popping in to post a quick announcement that I received from the Rutgers Linguistics Department. If you are just starting out on your academic path at Rutgers, this will be especially useful and important for you! I am copy and pasting the announcement below. Best of luck to everybody! – Michelle

Certificate in “Speech and Hearing Sciences in Linguistics”, open to Linguistics Majors.
(For more information, please contact Dr. Crystal Akers in September 2018)

The Certificate in Speech and Hearing Sciences in Linguistics provides guidance and coursework for undergraduate majors in Linguistics preparing to pursue graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Students who complete the certificate will supplement a strong foundation in modern linguistic theory with coursework required for graduate study in the speech and hearing sciences. Core courses for the certificate introduce students to the study of communication disorders and the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, while building across courses a knowledge of how the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms and the physical characteristics of speech sounds affect communication. Elective coursework enables students to gain further expertise in language, science, and mathematics relevant for graduate study and certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

In addition to coursework, the certificate includes a portfolio of professional experiences related to linguistics and the speech and hearing sciences. The portfolio content will reflect the student’s understanding of how knowledge about the human language capacity and linguistics can inform and enrich the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology, while the experiences gained in assembling the portfolio will help students become familiar with career opportunities in these fields and make them aware of how their training has prepared them to enter these fields as a professional.

: In addition to the 36 credits for the Linguistics Major, students will do 18 credits of coursework for the certificate (no more than one course of 3 credits can be counted for both the Major and the Certificate), plus a professional portfolio.

Coursework for the Certificate

  1. 12 credits of core courses for the certificate (those courses in Linguistics that are prerequisites for most Graduate Programs in Speech and Hearing)
    1. 01:615:391 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
    2. 01:615:392 Introduction to Communication Disorders
    3. 01:615:393 Audiology
    4. 01:615:451 Phonetics
  1. 3 credits of electives from Cognitive Science, Education, Linguistics, or Psychology (corresponding to ASHA’s 2014 Standard IV-A knowledge outcomes in social and behavioral sciences).  List of courses on pp. 2-3.
  2.  3 credits of electives from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics (corresponding to ASHA’s 2014 Standard IV-A knowledge outcomes in biological sciences, physical sciences, and statistics).  List of courses on pp. 3-5.

Professional Experience Portfolio:
I.  A 500-750-word personal statement appropriate for application to graduate studies.
II. Attendance at 4 pre-approved events related to language and/or speech and hearing sciences.
III. A 4-5-page (double-spaced) report making a connection between linguistic training and speech-language pathology or audiology experience outside of course-work. The latter could be fulfilled in a number of ways:
(i)  In-person observations (that students often arrange on their own).
(ii) Online observation programs (which may be bundled into their courses).
(iii) Attendance at pre-approved events related to language and/or Speech and Hearing Sciences.
Grade Requirement:
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in courses counting towards the Major
Minimum grade of B in each of the core courses for the certificate
Minimum grade of C+ in each of the elective courses for the certificate.

Elective Set I:  Course Descriptions and Prerequisite Information (3 credits)

  • Cognitive Science
    • 185:410 Language and Cognition
      • Topics may include speech perception, language acquisition, priming, disorders, speech errors, sentence processing, memory, color, and numerosity.
  • Education:
    • 05:300:383 Introduction to Special Education
      • Overview of the diverse physical, psychological, and social disabilities of special education children.
  • Linguistics:
    • 01:615:435 Experimental Methodologies in Language Acquisition
      • A review of a range of experimental methodologies used by linguists to investigate language acquisition, including an in-depth focus on the linguistic phenomena being acquired by the language learner and coverage of the pioneers responsible for advancing these techniques. Students will gain hands-on experience designing experiments and analyzing data.
      • Prerequisite: 01:615.305. Cross-listed with 01:185:412 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science II
  • Linguistics/Psychology:
    • 01:615:433/01:830:484 Language Acquisition
      • Empirical and theoretical studies of the acquisition of syntax, morphology, and phonology; word learning, the neural bases of language acquisition, language disorders, and learnability theory
      • note: Prerequisite: 01:830:101. General Psychology for Psychology number
  • Psychology:
    • 01:830:200 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
      • Quantitative methods used in psychological research. Regular exercises required.
      • One semester of college-level mathematics recommended.
    • 01:830:271 Principles of Developmental Psychology
      • Survey of life-span human development covering prenatal, infant, child, adolescent, and adult periods.
      • Formerly 01:830:330. Prerequisite: 01:830:101.
    • 01:830:310 Neuropsychology
      • Survey of brain damage and plasticity, brain trauma and disease, neuropsychological assessment and testing, cognitive rehabilitation, and current controversies.  Provides a basic understanding of brain structure and function along with an appreciation of clinical perspectives.
      • Prerequisite: 01:830:101.
    • 01:830:331 Infant and Child Development
      • Review of psychological theory and research on perceptual, cognitive, social, and personal growth during infancy and childhood.
      • Prerequisite: 01:830:101.

Electives Set II: Course Description and Prerequisite Information (3 credits)

  • Biological Sciences:
    • 01:119:103 Principles of Biology
      • Selected topics in general biology, including cell structure, genetics, plant and animal diversity, basic plant and animal biology, ecology, and evolution.
      • Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Designed for students who must take a one-semester laboratory course in introductory biology to meet major requirements. Credit not given for this course if student has already completed 01:119:115. Not for life sciences major credit.
    • 01:119:115 General Biology I
      • Broad principles of cell biology, genetics, and evolution; the diversity of life and its physiology, ecology, and population dynamics.
      • Lec. 3 hrs., Wkshp. 80 min. Pre- or corequisites: 01:350:101; 01:640:111-112, or 115. Credit not given for both this course and 01:119:101.
    • *01:119:199. Concepts in Biology
      • Selected concepts in biology, augmented with instruction in learning strategy and the scientific method, to prepare students for the General Biology sequence (01:119:115,116, and 117).
      • Lec./rec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. For first-year and sophomore science majors lacking the prerequisites or appropriate background to register for General Biology 01:119:115. Not for life sciences major credit.
      • While Concepts in Biology may satisfy non-major science requirements, it is designed for biology majors.  Non-sciences majors should register only after discussing their goals with the instructor.  Non-majors are encouraged to take one the “non-major” Life Sciences courses (119:140, 148, 150, 152, 154, 160, 170, or 182) instead of Bio 100.
    • 01:119:150 Biology, Society, and Biomedical Issues
      • Discussion of current topics and issues in human health and medicine, from a biological perspective.
      • Not for life sciences major credit.
    • 01:119:154 Genetics, Law, and Social Policy
      • Principles of human and behavioral genetics and their legal, ethical, and social implications. Topics include genetic screening, counseling, and engineering; reproductive regulation; and human behavior genetics.
      • Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Not for life sciences major credit.
  • Chemistry:
    • 01:160:128 Chemistry of Life
      • Topics chosen from fields of organic chemistry and biochemistry including proteins, DNA, RNA, and chemical origins of life. Emphasis given to the nature of chemical and biochemical discoveries and the social responsibility of scientists.
      • Does not make a sequence with 01:160:161.
    • 01:160:134 Introduction to Chemistry
      • For students who are advised that they are not ready to undertake General Chemistry. Students who have taken higher-level chemistry courses for science majors are not eligible. Fall semester only.Corequisite: 01:640:111 or 115, or appropriate performance on the placement test in mathematics.
    • 01:160:161 General Chemistry
      • Introduction to chemical principles and their application. Topics include stoichiometry, states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, solutions, thermodynamics, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, kinetics, nonmetals, metals and coordination compounds, and nuclear chemistry.
      • Lec. 3 hrs., rec. 1 hr. Prerequisite for 161:  01:640:111 or 115, or appropriate performance on the placement test for mathematics. Pre- or corequisite for 162:  01:160:171. Prerequisite for 162:  01:640:111 or 115 or equivalent. For science majors. Credit not given for both these courses and 01:160:159-160 or 163-164.
    • 01:160:163 Honors General Chemistry
      • Covers topics of 01:160:161-162 in more depth. Material related to current research topics and other fields of scientific interest.
      • Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry. Corequisite for 163: 01:640:151 or permission of instructor. Pre- or corequisites for 164: 01:640:152 and 01:160:171, or permission of instructor. For students with a strong interest in chemistry and/or those   considering majoring in a science or engineering discipline requiring a strong background in chemistry. Credit not given for both these courses and 01:160:159-160 or 161-162.
  • Physics
    • 01:750:161. Elements of Physics
      • Lec. 3 hrs., workshop/lab 3 hrs. Prerequisite: 01:640:112 or 115. Primarily for pharmacy students, but suitable for well-prepared liberal arts majors.
      • Survey of major topics in physics, such as motion, fluids, waves, electricity, electrical circuits, radioactivity, relativity, and atomic structure, with emphasis on developing laboratory and problem-solving skills.
    • 01:750:193 Physics for the Sciences
      • Introduction to physics with biological, ecological, and chemical applications. Selected topics in mechanics, thermodynamics, fluids, waves, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Integrated laboratory experiments.
      • Lec. 2 hrs., workshop 1.5 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: 01:640:112 or 115 or equivalent.
    • 01:750:203-204 General Physics
      • Elementary but detailed analysis of fundamental topics: motion, gravitation, momentum, energy, electromagnetism, waves, heat, kinetic theory, quantum effects, and atomic and nuclear structures.
      • Lec. 2 hrs., rec. 1 hr. Corequisites: 01:750:205-206 and any calculus course. Primarily for students in scientific curricula other than physics.
    • 01:750:301 Physics of Sound
      • Scientific basis of sound: waves, vibrating systems, normal modes, Fourier analysis and synthesis, perception and measurement of sound, noise, musical instruments, room acoustics, sound recording and reproduction, electronic synthesizers, and digital sound.
      • Prerequisites: Two semesters of introductory physics and two semesters of calculus. Primarily for science majors.
  • Statistics
    • 01:960:211 Statistics I
      • Prerequisite: 01:640:115 or permission of department. See Level II Statistics restrictions. Credit not given for more than one of 01:960:201, 211, 285, and 401; nor for more than one of 01:960:212, 380, 384, 401, and 484.
      • Principles and methods of statistics, including probability distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation analysis, curve-fitting, nonparametric methods, and analysis of variance (ANOVA)
    • 01:960:379 Basic Probability and Statistics
      • Methods of presenting data; basic statistical measures of location; frequency distributions; elementary probability theory; probability distributions; the binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions; basic sampling theory.
      • Prerequisite: One semester of calculus.
    • 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research
      • As applied in fields other than statistics; treats research projects dependent on the use of observed data from planned experiments. Includes inference methods in estimation and hypothesis testing and general linear models.
      • Prerequisite: 01:640:115 or equivalent. Credit not given for more than one of 01:960:212, 384, and 401.

And The Results Are In!

It’s finally May! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, the pollen is making me incredibly congested, and the results are in from our senior survey! If you’ve been following the blog all year, you know that I’ve been posting an awful lot about graduate school admissions – after all, I am a senior and I did spend most of the year freaking out about (err…I mean, calmly contemplating) the graduate admissions process, and trying to help my fellow seniors and the posterity of our club by writing about the process, so that when admissions season rolls around again next year, you can all worry slightly less!

Anyway, when I was applying, one of the things I was worried about was whether I, as a Rutgers student, stood a chance in the admissions process. Rutgers has no communication disorders program; and while the linguistics and psychology departments are gradually adding classes useful to future SLPs and AuDs, we’re still a long way from having as much of a background as people who majored in ComDis as undergrads. It turns out that I had nothing to worry about! Rutgers students are faring quite well in terms of getting into grad school.

Recently, I’ve been incessantly asking seniors in our club to fill out the senior survey which asks about grad school and their plans for the future. Since our club is still quite small, I only got six replies – however, six replies is good enough to paint a general picture that will hopefully ease future applicant’s fear. Without further ado, the results:

This academic year, 100% of the people who took the survey applied to graduate school.

  • Of those people, each applied to an average of four schools – with the most number of people applying to seven schools
  • Five out of the six people who filled out the survey were accepted to at least one graduate program, with most people being accepted to at least two
  • Most people were waitlisted or rejected from at least one of the schools that they applied to
  • Out of six participants, five are beginning graduate school in the fall
  • All of the participants in the survey feel that the speech and hearing club has been helpful to them throughout the graduate applications process
    • The most helpful things that the club did were having guest speakers and informative blog posts (yay – someone reads them!)
    • The thing that people feel the club most needs to improve on is attendance at meetings

And that just about wraps it up! Hopefully, these stats have calmed some of your worries about applying to grad school! As you can see, Rutgers students are faring well in the admissions process – a graduate education is within reach if you work hard!

This will be my last blog post as your media manager/secretary/historian/whatever other title I might have. It has been an honor serving all of you. I hope that throughout the year, this blog and website (as well as our FB pages) have been useful in helping you reach your goals. I am now passing on this website and blog to next year’s media manager/historian, Faith. I hope that you will be a captive audience to her content next academic year!

With love,