Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


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


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):

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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