Dec 05, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Language, Speech, and Hearing Sciences B.A.

Plans of Study
Global Pathways Certified Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Language, Speech, and Hearing Science prepares students for graduate studies and/or work in communication sciences and disorders or related fields. This program includes required coursework in a variety of topics within communication sciences and disorders.

This program has been certified as a Global Pathway, which has significant global content. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award. For more information, visit the Office of High-Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research (HIPUR) website.

University Admissions - College of Behavioral and Community Sciences

Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

Progression Requirements - Language, Speech, and Hearing Sciences B.A.

Any student who receives a grade of “D+” or lower in two or more USF Communication Sciences and Disorders courses will be required to pursue major reselection.  Note: Students may use grade forgiveness to improve GPA, but all “D+” or lower grades will count towards the maximum allowed total “D+” or lower grades in the major whether grade forgiven or not.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites - Language, Speech, and Hearing Sciences B.A.

Following Florida BOG Regulation 8.010, state mandated common course prerequisites are lower-division courses that are required for progression into the upper division of a particular baccalaureate degree program. 

Transfer students should complete the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Successful completion of the common prerequisites alone does not guarantee a student admission into the degree program. 

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses. 

  • BSC X000-X999 Biological Sciences – 3 credit hours
  • STA X000-X999 Statistics – 3 credit hours
  • PHY X000-X999 Physics or CHM X000-X999 Chemistry – 3 credit hours
  • PSY X000-X999 Psychology or EXP X000-X999 Experimental Psychology or CLP X000-X999 Clinical Psychology or DEP X000-X999 Developmental Psychology or SYG X000-X999 Sociology, General or SYD X000-X999 Sociology of Demography/Area Studies/Sociological Minorities or SYO X000-X999 Social Organization or SYP X000-X999 Social Processes or FYC X000-X999 Family, Youth and Community or FAD X000-X999 Home Economics:  Family Development – 3 credit hours

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Required Courses: (48 credit hours)

Major Core Courses: 2 courses; 6 credit hours

Additional Information - Language, Speech, and Hearing Sciences B.A.

Foreign Language Requirements

In addition to the foreign language entrance requirement, all students applying for a Bachelor of Arts degree from USF must demonstrate competency in a foreign language. To demonstrate this competency, students may take either two semesters of a beginning college-level foreign language or one semester of a higher-level course and earn a letter grade of “C” (no “S” grades) or above in the appropriate level course or demonstrate equivalent competency by passing an examination. Students may fulfill this requirement by demonstrating fluency in a language other than English and proficiency in English, as demonstrated in successful coursework or examination in English. Two semesters of American Sign Language are accepted to meet this requirement, but a student may take any foreign language to meet the requirement.

Other Requirements

All incoming students in the B.A. LSH program will be classified as pre-LSH until they have completed the state mandated prerequisites with a C- or better. All B.A. LSH students must register to become a CSD-LSH major the semester prior to being qualified (i.e., the semester in which they are finishing their last state mandated prerequisite courses).

GPA Requirements

A minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all coursework taken at USF and an overall 2.0 GPA average on all college-level coursework

Grading Requirements

A student must receive a grade of C- or better in all major coursework.

Research Opportunities - Language, Speech, and Hearing Sciences B.A.

Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of High Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research (HIPUR) is able to assist with further inquiries.

Advising Information - Language, Speech, and Hearing Sciences B.A.

Students are urged to consult with an advisor at