Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


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


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

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).

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

Concentration Core

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

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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