Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14
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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
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 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.
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.
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
- INT 3270 Interpreting Process and Skill Development
- INT 3112 Translation from English and from ASL
- INT 3004 Fundamentals of Interpreting
- SPA 4930 Selected Topics-American Sign Language (proposed as ASL 3930)
- ASL 3324 Advanced ASL Discourse
- SPA 4930 Interpreting Practicum I (proposed as INT 3945)
- INT 3205 Interpreting I
- ASL 3514 American Deaf Culture
- INT 4206 Interpreting II
- INT 4211 Transliterating
- INT 4208 Interpreting III
- INT 4944 Practicum
- INT 4190 Senior Seminar
- INT 4235 Advanced Receptive Voicing
- SPA 4962 Undergraduate Comprehensive Exam
Concentration Elective Courses - 6 Hours[choose 2 of the following]:
Additional Major Requirements
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 examination.
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.
Concentration Other Requirements
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.
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.