Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) with a concentration in Language-Speech-Hearing (LSH)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 51.0204 (Track 1 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 for entry into the clinical Doctor of Audiology degree.
- Interpreter Training (ITT): The ITT concentration prepares individuals to work in settings which require an interpreter to facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing individuals.
- 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.
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.
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 Language-Speech-Hearing. All state mandated prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better prior to the first semester in which courses are taken in the major. (Note that national certification in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology through the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires that sufficient competency be demonstrated in coursework in the Social/Behavioral, Biological and Physical Sciences, and Mathematics.) If the courses are not transferred in, the course(s) may be taken at USF but may delay taking major coursework in prescribed sequence.
Students must complete one course (3 credit hours) from each of the following areas:
- STA XXXX Statistics
- BSC XXXX or APK XXXX or ANT X511 Biological Science
- PHY XXXX or CHM XXXX or PSC XXXX Physical Science
- PSY XXXX or EXP XXXX or CLP XXXX or DEP XXXX or SYG XXXX or SYD XXXX or SYO XXXX or SYP XXXX or FYC XXXX or FAD XXXX Social/Behavioral Sciences
Total Major Hours: 46 Hours
Coursework is sequenced for the Language-Speech-Hearing (LSH) concentration in Communication Sciences & Disorders. All students must complete study in basic knowledge of the communication sciences and in basic knowledge of communication disorders. Upon admission to the concentration, each student will be assigned an advisor to provide guidance in academic planning.
Concentration Core Courses - 46 Hours
- SPA 3002 Introduction to Disorders of Speech and Language
- SPA 3030 Introduction to Hearing Science
- SPA 3101 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
- SPA 3112 Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders (CR: SPA 3112L)
- SPA 3112L Applied Phonetics Laboratory (CR: SPA 3112)
- SPA 3004 Introduction to Language Development and Disorders
- SPA 3011 Introduction to Speech Science (PR: SPA 3030, SPA 3112/L)
- SPA 3310 Introduction to Disorders of Hearing (PR: SPA 3030)
- SPA 3261 Language Science for Communication Sciences & Disorders
- SPA 4104 Neuroanatomy for Speech, Language and Hearing (PR: SPA 3101)
- SPA 3/4XXX SPA elective (consult with advisor for approval)
- SPA 4321 Introduction to Audiologic Rehabilitation (PR: SPA 3310)
- SPA 4050 Introduction to the Clinical Process [also meets Capstone exit requirement] (PR: SPA 3004, SPA 3310)
- SPA 4250 Introduction to Speech Disorders (PR: SPA 3101)
- SPA 4257 Adult Communication Disorders (PR: SPA 4104)
- SPA 4510 Introduction to Clinical Methods and Counseling in CSD (PR: SPA 3004, SPA 3310)
Additional Major Requirements
Major Grade Requirement
A student must receive a "C-" grade or better in all courses within the major (some prerequisites may require higher minimum grades). Any student who receives a grade of "D+" or lower in two or more USF Communication Sciences and Disorders courses will be required to either change concentrations within CSD or pursue major reselection. If a student changes concentrations within the CSD major, pursuant to receiving two or more "D+" or lower grades, and earns and additional "D+" or lower grade in any major course, the student will be required to pursue major reselection. Note: Students may use grade forgiveness to improve GPA, but all "D+" or lower grades will count towards the maximum allowed total "D+" or lower grades in the major whether grade forgiven or not.
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.
Optional Honors Program
The department is not currently accepting applications for the Honors Program.
The purpose of the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Senior Honors Program 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:
a) Completion of 18 credit hours within the Communication Sciences and Disorders curriculum with at least a 3.50 GPA in these courses.
b) 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:
a) 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.
b) 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 a 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.
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