Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


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 for entry into the clinical Doctor of Audiology degree.
  2. Interpreter Training (ITT): The ITT concentration prepares individuals to work in settings which require an interpreter to facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing individuals.
  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.

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 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 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.

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

Total Major Hours: 49 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 43 Hours

ITT Prerequisites (Min. grade B- in each course):

Core Courses (43 credit hours) (Min. grade C- and overall 2.0 GPA in Core):

Concentration Elective Courses - 6 Hours

Choose 2 of the following [or consult with advisor]:
  • 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

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