Speech-Language Pathology Minor

Required Courses for the Speech-Language Pathology Minor

A student must successfully complete, at Fontbonne, a minimum of 50 percent of the credit hours required for the minor.


  • CDS 101

    Survey of Communication Disorders

    1 credit

    An introductory survey of the speech, language, and
    hearing components associated with the processes of
    communication including issues related to normal
    functions and categories of communicative disturbances
    across the age span.

  • DEA 100

    Psychology of Deafness

    2 credits

    An introductory survey of deafness and the intellectual, social, and linguistic development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Causes, treatments, assistive devices, and communication modes are studied. Historical review of deaf education and deaf culture are addressed.

  • CDS 105

    Speech and Language Development of the Normal and Exceptional Child

    3 credits

    A study of the development of speech and language in the
    normal and exceptional child with a consideration of
    factors that contribute to or impair development.
    Multicultural issues will be introduced.

  • CDS 201

    Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism

    3 credits

    A detailed study of the structure and function of those
    parts of the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and nervous
    systems as they pertain to the process of communication.
    Science credit for students majoring in deaf education

  • CDS 211

    The Nature of Language

    3 credits

    An introduction to modern linguistic theory as it applies
    to developmental psycholinguistics. Includes the study of
    syntactic, semantic, morphological, phonological, and
    pragmatic rule systems.

  • CDS 220


    3 credits

    An in-depth study of clinical phonetics when applying the
    IPA to the English language and dialectal variations.
    Multicultural issues will be introduced.

  • CDS 302

    Phonological and Articulation Disorders

    3 credits

    An introduction to phonological and articulatory
    development and disorders. Includes information about
    differential diagnosis including dialectical and cultural
    issues. Treatment theories and procedures are discussed.
    Prerequisites: CDS 105; CDS 220.


Choose one of the following:


  • CDS 311

    Introduction to Language Disorders

    3 credits

    An introduction to the nature of language disorders in
    children. Includes assessment and intervention of the
    syntactic, morphological, semantic, pragmatic and
    phonological systems of language. Prerequisites: CDS
    105; CDS 211.

  • CDS 425

    Introduction to Neurogenic Communication Disorders

    3 credits

    A survey of the etiology, diagnosis, and management of
    communicative disorders associated with acquired brain
    damage in children and adults. Prerequisite: CDS 201.

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