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    Sep 24, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Sciences and Disorders B.A., with Deaf Studies Concentration

Communication Sciences and Disorders

(CIP = 51.0204)

Certified Global Pathways Program

The undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers three curriculum concentrations that lead to the B.A. degree:

  1. Language-Speech-Hearing (LSH): The LSH concentration provides pre-professional study that prepares the student for Master’s level preparation in Speech-Language Pathology or for entry into the clinical Doctor of Audiology degree.
  2. Interpreter Training (ITT): The ITT concentration prepares individuals to work in settings that require an interpreter to facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing individuals.
  3. Deaf Studies (DST): The DST concentration is intended to prepare students to work in a variety of settings (e.g., social services, vocational rehabilitation, education, etc.) with a variety of d/Deaf and hard of hearing individuals utilizing various communication methods, both manual and oral.

This program has been certified as a Global Pathway. Global Pathway programs have significant global content and align with the goals of USF’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award and become eligible to apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the Global Citizens Project.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

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.

Major Requirements

Major requirements for the B.A. Degree:

Grading Requirement

A student must receive a “C-” grade or better in all courses within the major (some prerequisites may require higher minimum grades). Any student who receives a grade of “D+” or lower in two or more USF Communication Sciences and Disorders courses will be required to either change concentrations within CSD or pursue major reselection. If a student changes concentrations within the CSD major, pursuant to receiving two or more “D+” or lower grades, and earns and additional “D+” or lower grade in any major course, the student will be required to pursue major reselection. In other words, any student with three “D+” or lower grades in 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.

Foreign Language Requirement

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.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students 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 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDS 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Optional Honors Program

The department is not currently accepting applications for the Honors Program. 

The purpose of the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Senior Honors Program is to provide outstanding undergraduates with exposure to the variety of research in communication sciences and disorders and more direct contact with faculty mentors in the department. The Senior Honors Program will provide students with an introduction to aspects of the field beyond the traditional undergraduate curriculum. Students apply for the honors program during the spring of their junior year and complete the honors course and thesis during their senior year.

Participation in the departmental honors program is limited and competitive. Minimum requirements for admission:

  1. Completion of 18 credit hours within the Communication Sciences and Disorders curriculum with at least a 3.50 GPA in these courses.
  2. Completion of at least 60 hours of college and/or university coursework with at least a 3.25 GPA.

Requirements to graduate from the CSD Senior Honors Program:

  1. Completion of three (3) credits of Honors Colloquia (SPA 4901 - Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders ) in the fall with a grade of B or better. This course can be used as an elective course in the major.
  2. Satisfactory completion of three (3) credits of Honors Thesis (SPA 4970 ) in the spring. The thesis project may involve conducting or assisting with research or a clinical project, developing teaching or clinical materials, or any other specialized activity involving a faculty mentor. The honors thesis is additional work above and beyond the usual work completed for the undergraduate degree in LSH. However, credits for the Honors Thesis course do count toward the overall credit requirement of 120 for an undergraduate degree.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Faculty

Chairperson: S. Frisch; Professors: R. Huntley Bahr, M. Bourgeois, T. Chisolm, D. Eddins, H. Goldstein, J. Lister, J. Walton; Associate Professors: G. Donaldson, A. Eddins, S. Frisch, J. Krause, N. Maxfield, C. Rogers; Assistant Professors: S. Anand, M. Barker; Instructors: M. Arnold, K. Betancourt, M. Brea-Spahn, P. Carr, W. Clements, A. Davis, C. Ford, M. Hite, F. Matias, N. Muscato, C. Paul, M. Pyfrom, R. Settambrino, K. Sills, A. Smith, S. Surrency, T. Teegardin, S. Thomas; Emeritus Professors: J. Hinckley, R. Hurley, E.R. Silliman.

Deaf Studies (DST)

(CIP = 51.0204)

The Deaf Studies (DST) concentration seeks to educate students to communicate and interact with people who are deaf and to apply this knowledge within work settings where knowledge of deafness and deaf culture is essential. The DST concentration is intended to prepare students to work in a number of settings (e.g., social services, vocational rehabilitation, education, etc.) with a variety of deaf and hard of hearing individuals utilizing diverse communication methods, both manual and oral. Coursework is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn the language, education, history, and culture of deaf individuals in the United States as well as issues that impact the provision of services to this population. Includes all the required coursework of the American Sign Language special endorsement of the Florida Department of Education, which will allow students to become certified to teach American Sign Language within the Florida public school system.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students entering the university with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit must meet the University’s entering freshman requirements including ACT and SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Students intending to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet the USF General Education Requirements. Transfer students must comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the University.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for the Deaf Studies concentration.

Total Concentration Hours: 42

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