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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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The Communication Disorders Program provides a curriculum for a major in communication disorders, pre-professional preparation in speech-language pathology or audiology, and supportive coursework for majors from other departments with interests in human communication or its disorders.

 Major Coursework

The beginning courses concern the normal aspects of speech, language and hearing–its nature and development, as well as introducing the student to the disorders of speech, language and hearing. Advanced courses are devoted to specific disorders in terms of their nature and treatment. The undergraduate training culminates with supervised practicum experiences in which the student works with people who have communication disorders. The Communication Disorders program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The following courses are recommeded for Communication Disorders Majors who are just beginning in the major: 

  • CDIS 201 - Observation of Human Communication (3) - offered spring, summer, fall
  • CDIS 290 - Introduction to Communication Disorders (3) - offered spring, summer, fall

There is no admission process in Communication Disorders, but the following courses are considered "gateway courses." Students must recieved a 3.0 average with no more than one C to continue on to upper level courses:

  • CDIS 312 - Speech and Language Development (3) - offered summer and fall
  • CDIS 322 - Speech and Hearing Science (3)- offered summer and fall
  • CDIS 392 - Phonetics (3) - offered summer and fall
  • CDIS 394 - Applied Anatomy and Physiology (3) - offered summer and fall

See the [PDF] Program of Study (2 MiB) for more information on curriculum.

 Minor Coursework

Minor Requirements: (16 credits)

Students must complete a minimum of 16 credits from Minor Specialization Courses.

Minor Core Course: (Required 3 credits)

  • CDIS 290 - Introduction to Communication Disorders (3)

Minor Specialization Courses: (Select 13 credits minimum)

  • CDIS 201 - Observation of Human Communication (3)

  • CDIS 220 - Basic Audiology (Note: prereq is CDIS 322) (3)

  • CDIS 312 - Speech and Language Development (3)

  • CDIS 322- Speech and Hearing Science (3)

  • CDIS 392 - Phonetics (3)

  • CDIS 392 - Applied Anatomy and Physiology (3)

  • CDIS 402 - Child Language Disorders Lecture (2)

  • CDIS 403 - Child Language Disorders Lab (1)

  • CDIS 404 - Dimensions of Deafness (3)

  • CDIS 410 Neurological Bases of Speech (2)

  • CDIS 409W - Literacy Foundations and Disorders (3)

  • CDIS 416 - Voice and Resonance (3)

  • CDIS 457W - Transdisclipinary Research (3)

 Be sure to contact an advisor in Communication Disorders program who can help you select classes that will best support your major.