Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) with a concentration in Interpreter Training (ITT)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 51.0204 (Track 2 of 3)

College of Behavioral & Community Sciences


Major Description

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 Deaf Education, or for entry into the clinical Doctor of Audiology degree.
  2. 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.
  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 deaf and hard of hearing individuals utilizing various communication methods, both manual and oral.

Concentration Description

The ITT concentration seeks to educate students to become sign language interpreters. The ITT program includes instruction in both the theory and practice of sign language interpretation. A program of 49 credit hours (43 Core Credits and 6 Elective Credits) is planned for the student majoring in the Interpreter Training concentration.

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.

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for the concentration in Interpreter Training. The following courses must be completed with a B- or better prior to the first semester in which courses are taken in the major. If the courses are not transferred in, the course may be taken at USF.

  • 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 or ASL X201 American Sign Language
  • ASL X300 Structure of Sign Language or ASL X301 Structure of Sign Language

Total Major Hours: 49 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 43 Hours

Concentration Elective Courses - 6 Hours

[choose 2 of the following]:
  • SPA 3261 Language Science for CSD
  • SPA 3004 Introduction to Language Development and Disorders
  • INT 4490 Introduction to Cued Speech and its Applications
  • SPA 3470 Culture and Diversity in CSD
  • SPA 4321 Introduction to Audiologic Rehabilitation

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.
Requirements to graduate from the CSD Senior Honors Program:
  • 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.

Additional Major Information

Major Faculty

Chairperson: T. Chisolm; Professors: T. Chisolm, R. Huntley Bahr, J. Lister, J. Walton; Associate Professors : G. Donaldson, A. Eddins, D. Eddins, S. Frisch, J. Krause, N. Maxfield, C. Rogers; Assistant Professors: M. Brea-Spahn, E. Plowman; Instructors: P. Carr, W. Clements, J. Constantine, S. Diehl, C. Ford, D. Freeman-LeVay, M. Hite, F. Matias, N. Muscato, C. Paul, D. Polelle, K. Sills, A. Smith, S. Surrency, T. Teegardin, K. Wilbur; Emeritus Professors: J. Crittenden, J. Hinckley; R. Hurley; J. Scheuerle, E. R. Silliman.

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