Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) with a concentration in Deaf Studies (DST)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 51.0204 - Track 3 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 that 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 d/Deaf and hard of hearing individuals utilizing various communication methods, both manual and oral.

Concentration Description

The DST concentration seeks to educate students to communicate and interact with people who are d/Deaf and to apply this knowledge within work settings where knowledge of deafness and Deaf culture is essential. The DST concentration is intended to prepare students to work in a number of settings (e.g., social services, vocational rehabilitation, education, etc.) with a variety of d/Deaf and hard of hearing individuals utilizing diverse communication methods, both manual and oral. Coursework is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn the language, education, history, and culture of Deaf individuals in the United States as well as issues that impact the provision of services to this population.

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.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for the Deaf Studies concentration.

Total Major Hours: 41 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 23 Hours

12 credits in foundational coursework and 11 credits in American Sign Language proficiency coursework.

Concentration Elective Courses - 18 Hours

A minimum of 18 hours are required [consult with advisor for options], with at least 9 credits from the same area:

Choose from one of the following Elective Areas:

In addition to nine credit hours from one of the above Elective Areas, a student must choose nine credit hours from the following list of course:

  • ASL 3324 Advanced ASL Discourse
  • ASL 4201C American Sign Language 4
  • ASL 4301C Structure of Sign Language
  • CCJ 3024 Survey of the Criminal Justice System
  • GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging
  • INT 3270 Interpreting Process and Skill Development
  • INT 4490 Introduction to Cued Speech and its Applications
  • MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare Services
  • RSC 4033 Overview of Rehab & MH Counseling Professions
  • SOW 3210 The American Social Welfare System
  • SPA 3004 Introduction to Language Development and Disorders
  • SPA 3310 Introduction to Disorders of Hearing
  • SPA 3030 Introduction to Hearing Science
  • SPA 3112 Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders
  • SPA 3261 Language Science for Comm. Sciences & Disorders
  • SPA 4201 Phonological Development and Disorders

Note: A course used to fulfill one of the Elective Areas requirement may not be used to fulfill the additional nine elective credit hours.

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