Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


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

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

All incoming students in LSH 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: 48 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 - 48 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
  • SPA 3030 Introduction to Hearing Science
  • SPA 3101 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • SPA 3112 Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders
  • SPA 3261 Language Science for Comm. Sciences & Disorders
  • SPA 3310 Introduction to Disorders of Hearing
  • SPA 3470 Culture and Diversity in CSD
  • SPA 4050 Introduction to the Clinical Process
  • SPA 4104 Neuroanatomy for Speech, Language and Hearing
  • SPA 4250 Introduction to Speech Disorders
  • SPA 4257 Adult Communication Disorders
  • SPA 4321 Introduction to Audiologic Rehabilitation
  • SPA 4901 Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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