Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Majors

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

http://www.usf.edu/cbcs/csd/undergrad/itt.aspx

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 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 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 prerequisites 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 prerequisite courses). Note: DST does not have any mandated prerequisites, so those students will be converted to CSD majors upon entry.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

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

Total Major Hours: 49 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 49 Hours

ITT Prerequisites (minimum grade B- in each course) (17 credit hours):

Core Courses (49 credit hours) (minimum grade C- and overall 2.0 GPA in Core):

Additional Major Requirements

Concentration Requirements

Graduation within the ITT major also requires successful completion of a comprehensive practical exit examination (SPA 4962) and successful completion of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) written NIC examination.

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. In other words, any student with three “D+” or lower grades in USF Communication Sciences and Disorders courses 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.

Major Foreign Language Requirement

In addition to the foreign language entrance requirement, all students applying for a Bachelor of Arts degree from USF must demonstrate competency in a foreign language. To demonstrate this competency, students may take either two semesters of a beginning college-level foreign language or one semester of a higher-level course and earn a letter grade of “C” (no “S” grades) or above in the appropriate level course or demonstrate equivalent competency by passing an examination. Students may fulfill this requirement by demonstrating fluency in a language other than English and proficiency in English, as demonstrated in successful coursework or examination in English.

Concentration Other Requirements

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 prerequisite courses listed below (or equivalent transfer courses) with a minimum grade of B- or higher in each course.

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