Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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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
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 that 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 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.
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.
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.
- ASL 2140C Basic American Sign Language
- ASL 2150C Intermediate Sign Language
- ASL 3514 Deaf Culture
- ASL 4161C Advanced American Sign Language
- INT 3004 Fundamentals of Interpreting
- SPA 3002 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
- SPA 3470 Culture and Diversity in CSD
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:
- Area 1: Social Services Perspective - 9 credit hours
- Area 2: Oral/Aural Communication - 9 credit hours
- Area 3: Manual/Visual Communication - 9 credit hours
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.
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.