Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


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

College of Behavioral & Community Sciences


Major Description

Certified Global Pathways Program
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.

This program has been certified as a Global Pathway. Global Pathway programs have significant global content and align with the goals of USF’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award and become eligible to apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the Global Citizens Project.

Concentration Description

The Deaf Studies (DST) concentration seeks to educate students to communicate and interact with people who are 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 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.Includes all the required coursework of the American Sign Language special endorsement of the Florida Department of Education, which will allow students to become certified to teach American Sign Language within the Florida public school system.

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: 42 Hours

Concentration Core

DST Conccentration Prerequisite courses (minimum grade of B- in each course) (8 hours)

Concentration Core Courses - 42 Hours

Minimum grade of C- and overall 2.0 GPA in core) (42 hours)

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