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:
Optional Honors Program
The purpose of the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Senior Honors Program in 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.
- Completion of three (3) credits of Honors Colloquia (SPA 4901 Research. Clinical and Professional Issues in CSD) 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 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.