Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
+ More About this Major
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) with a concentration in Language-Speech-Hearing (LSH)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 51.0204 - Track 1 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.
All incoming students in LSH will be will be classified as pre-LSH until they have completed the state mandated prerequisites with a C- or better. All students must register to become a CSD-LSH major the semester prior to being qualified (i.e., the semester in which they are finishing their last state mandated prerequisite courses).
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.
The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for the concentration in Language-Speech-Hearing. All state mandated prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better prior to the first semester in which courses are taken in the major. (Note that national certification in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology through the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires that sufficient competency be demonstrated in coursework in the Social/Behavioral, Biological and Physical Sciences, and Mathematics.) If the courses are not transferred in, the course(s) may be taken at USF but may delay taking major coursework in prescribed sequence.
Students must complete one course (3 credit hours) from each of the following areas:
- STA XXXX Statistics
- BSC XXXX or APK XXXX or ANT X511 Biological Science
- PHY XXXX or CHM XXXX or PSC XXXX Physical Science
- PSY XXXX or EXP XXXX or CLP XXXX or DEP XXXX or SYG XXXX or SYD XXXX or SYO XXXX or SYP XXXX or FYC XXXX or FAD XXXX Social/Behavioral Sciences
Total Major Hours: 49 Hours
Coursework is sequenced for the Language-Speech-Hearing (LSH) concentration in Communication Sciences & Disorders. All students must complete study in basic knowledge of the communication sciences and in basic knowledge of communication disorders. Upon admission to the concentration, each student will be assigned an advisor to provide guidance in academic planning.
Concentration Core Courses - 49 Hours
- ASL 3514 Deaf Culture
- SPA 3002 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
- SPA 3004 Introduction to Language Development and Disorders
- SPA 3011 Introduction to Speech Science (PR: SPA 3030, SPA 3112/L)
- SPA 3030 Introduction to Hearing Science
- SPA 3101 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
- SPA 3112 Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders (CR: SPA 3112L)
- SPA 3112L Applied Phonetics Laboratory (CR: SPA 3112)
- SPA 3261 Language Science for Communication Sciences & Disorders
- SPA 3310 Introduction to Disorders of Hearing (PR: SPA 3030)
- SPA 3470 Culture and Diversity in CSD
- SPA 4050 Introduction to the Clinical Process [also meets Capstone exit requirement] (PR: SPA 3004, SPA 3310)
- SPA 4104 Neuroanatomy for Speech, Language and Hearing (PR: SPA 3101)
- SPA 4250 Introduction to Speech Disorders (PR: SPA 3101)
- SPA 4257 Adult Communication Disorders (PR: SPA 4104)
- SPA 4321 Introduction to Audiologic Rehabilitation (PR: SPA 3310)
- SPA 4901 Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Additional Major Requirements
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 Foreign Language Requirement
Two semesters of college-level, foreign language course (in the same language) is required to meet the degree requirements. Two semesters of American Sign Language are accepted to meet this requirement, but a student may take any foreign language to meet the requirement.