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 d/Deaf and hard of hearing individuals utilizing various communication methods, both manual and oral.
The ITT concentration seeks to educate students to become American 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 an advanced 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.
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of B- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
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