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Pre-requisite Coursework

What pre-requisite coursework will I need to apply as a degree student?

The following lists the coursework necessary to apply to the COMSC Program.

Coursework Number of Credits
Communication Sciences
Introduction to Language 3
Introduction to Speech Pathology 3
Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanisms 3
Introduction to American Phonetics 3
Introduction to Audiology 3
Total 15
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Biological science 3
Physical science 3
Social science 6
Statistics 3
English 3
Intensive Writing 3
US History or US Political Science 3
Arts 3
Non-English Language 3
Total 30

Will my application be reviewed if I'm missing credits?

Applications missing credits may be reviewed depending on the number and type of courses needing to be fulfilled. Due to the highly competitive nature of the admissions process, applicants are advised to have completed the 15 credits of pre-requisite courses in the Communication Sciences field. Pre-requisite courses that are in progress may necessitate review of the applicant's file at a later date in the admissions process.

Does Hunter College offer pre-requisite coursework?

As of summer 2022, we will be offering Communication Sciences coursework in a specific order. That means, the courses are only offered once a year only during certain semesters. Here's the breakdown:

Foundations Courses (Pre-requisites) in Speech-Language Pathology


Summer Semester

COMSC 620 Introduction to Speech Language Pathology

Introduction to organic and behavioral correlates of human communication; its development and disorders. The influence of culture, heritage, and socioeconomic status on the disorders of voice, articulation, fluency, and language.

COMSC 640 Introduction to Audiology
Etiology and pathology of hearing disorders, basic properties of the auditory stimulus: measurement of pure tone thresholds by air and bone conduction. Overview of the audiologist in diagnosis and management of hearing disorders.

Fall Semester

COMSC 615 Speech and Its Production - Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

An overview of the structure of speech and the basic mechanisms involved the production of speech sounds; a foundation for a more in-depth study of speech science and its application to clinical practice in speech-language pathology and audiology; structure and organization of the ventilatory, laryngeal, supralaryngeal and orofacial mechanisms; issues in basic speech acoustics and perception.

COMSC 604 Introduction to Language Science
An introduction to the relationship between language and communication. Topics include components of the linguistic system, relationship between verbal and non-verbal communication, artificial language, language acquisition and second language learning.

Spring Semester 

COMSC 607 Phonetics of American English 
Phonetic features of oral American English and dialectal variations of American English and non-native English speech.

To register for these courses, you must follow the instructions at this Hunter College webpage . Please be aware that these courses are only offered once a year as listed above.

What is a "conditional" acceptance?

Should an applicant be missing 6 credits of coursework, not including those in progress, a conditional acceptance may be extended to the student. Those students starting the curriculum with conditions must complete them by the end of the summer of the first academic year.

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