Communication Sciences and Disorders
(CIP = 51.0204)
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120
Certified Global Pathways Program
The undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers three curriculum concentrations that lead to the B.A. degree:
- 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.
- Interpreter Training (ITT): The ITT concentration prepares individuals to work in settings that require an interpreter to facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing individuals.
- 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 for the B.A. Degree:
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.
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:
- Completion of 18 credit hours within the Communication Sciences and Disorders curriculum with at least a 3.50 GPA in these courses.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
Interpreter Training (ITT)
(CIP = 51.0204)
The ITT concentration seeks to educate students to become American Sign Language interpreters. The ITT program includes instruction in both the theory and practice of sign language interpretation. A program of 49 credit hours is planned for the student majoring in the Interpreter Training concentration.
Students entering the ITT concentration must demonstrate proficiency in ASL at an advanced level prior to beginning the first semester of core courses in the major. Proficiency is demonstrated through successful completion of the ASL prerequisites courses listed below (or equivalent transfer courses) with a minimum grade of B- or higher in each course. All incoming students will be will be classified as pre-CSD until they have completed the state mandated prerequisites for their desired concentration with a B- or better. All students must register to become a CSD major the semester prior to being qualified (i.e., the semester in which they are finishing their last state mandated prerequisite courses). Note: DST does not have any mandated prerequisites, so those students will be converted to CSD majors upon entry.
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses 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.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of B- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
- ASL X140 Basic American Sign Language
- ASL X150 Intermediate American Sign Language
- ASL X160 American Sign Language III or ASL X161 Advanced American Sign Language
- ASL X200 American Sign Language IV or ASL X201 American Sign Language IV
- ASL X300 Structure of American Sign Language or ASL X301 Structure of Sign Language
Total Concentration Hours: 49
Concentration Core (49 Credit Hours)
ITT Concentration Prerequisites (17 Credit Hours)
Minimum grade B- in each course.
ITT Concentration Core Courses (49 Credit Hours)
Minimum grade C- and overall 2.0 GPA in Core.
Graduation within the ITT major also requires successful completion of a comprehensive practical exit examination (SPA 4962 ) and successful completion of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) written NIC examination.
Students entering the ITT concentration must demonstrate proficiency in ASL at the intermediate level prior to beginning the first semester of core courses in the major. Proficiency is demonstrated through successful completion of the ASL prerequisite courses listed below (or equivalent transfer courses) with a minimum grade of B- or higher in each course.
All incoming students will be will be classified as pre-CSD until they have completed the state mandated pre-requisites for their desired concentration with a B- or better. All students must register to become a CSD major the semester prior to being qualified (i.e., the semester in which they are finishing their last state mandated pre-requisite courses). Note: DST does not have any mandated pre-requisites, so those students will be converted to CSD majors upon entry.
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