Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14
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Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) with a concentration in Deaf Studies (DST)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 51.0204 (Track 3 of 3)
College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
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 Deaf Education, or for entry into the clinical Doctor of Audiology degree.
- Interpreter Training (ITT): The ITT concentration prepares individuals to work in settings with clients who require American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation due to their deafness.
- 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 deaf and hard of hearing individuals utilizing various communication methods, both manual and oral.
Concentration DescriptionThe 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 variety of settings (e.g., social services, vocational rehabilitation, education, etc.) with a variety of deaf and hard of hearing individuals utilizing various communication methods, both manual and oral. Coursework is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the language, education, history, and culture of Deaf people in the United States as well as issues that impact the provision of services to this population.
College Level Requirements
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 this degree program.
Total Major Hours: 41 Hours
Concentration Core Courses - 23 Hours
12 credits in foundational coursework and 11 credits in American Sign Language proficiency coursework.
- SPA 4321 Introduction to Audiologic Rehabilitation
- ASL 2140C Basic American Sign Language
- ASL 3514 American Deaf Culture
- ASL 2150C Intermediate Sign Language
- SPA 3470 Culture and Diversity in CSD
- ASL 4161C Advanced American Sign Language
- INT 3004 Fundamentals of Interpreting
Concentration Elective Courses - 18 Hours
A minimum of 18 hours are required, with at least 9 credits from the same area:
Additional Major Requirements
Major Grade Requirement
A student must receive a "C-" grade or better in all courses within the major and in required major course prerequisites. Any student who receives a grade of "D+" or lower in more than two USF Communication Sciences and Disorders courses will need to pursue major reselection. Grade forgiveness may be used for two courses only and may be used only for coursework taken in the first year of study at the 3000-level. Courses that comprise the second year of the major or those at the 4000-level may not be repeated for grade forgiveness.