Miami Plan Offerings

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology offers foundation courses, thematic sequences and capstone experiences that can be used to fulfill parts of the Global Miami Plan.

Foundation Courses

Foundation Courses are introductory, and designed such that they emphasize the four principles of liberal education:

  • Thinking critically
  • Understanding contexts
  • Engaging with other learners, and
  • Reflecting and acting

The Department of Speech Pathology offers three foundation courses which include SPA 127 - Introduction to Communication Disorders; SPA 223 - Theories of Language Development; and SPA/DST 312 - Deaf Culture: Global, National, and Local Issues.

Thematic Sequence

A Thematic Sequence is a series of related courses (usually three) that focuses on a theme or subject in a developmental way. Each course builds or expands upon knowledge or perspective gained from preceding courses, and some sequences prepare students for Capstone experiences. Our Thematic Sequence is titled -  SPA 2: Exploring Social, Emotional, and Communication Consequences in Special PopulationsNote: Speech Pathology and Audiology majors cannot use the SPA 2  thematic sequence to satisfy the requirement.

Capstone Experience

The Capstone Experience, completed during the senior year, integrates liberal learning with specialized knowledge. Each Capstone emphasizes sharing of ideas, synthesis, and critical, informed reflection as significant precursors to action, and each includes student initiative in defining and investigating problems or projects. At least once per year, SPA 413 -Senior Seminar in Communication Disorders is offered Note: Speech Pathology and Audiology majors can satisfy capstone requirements with any capstone offered by Miami University.