Undergrad

Overview

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) houses three majors:

LANGUAGE, SPEECH, AND HEARING SCIENCE B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Language, Speech, and Hearing Science prepares students for graduate studies and/or work in communication sciences and disorders or related fields. This program includes required coursework in a variety of topics within communication sciences and disorders.

ASL INTERPRETING AND DEAF STUDIES B.A., WITH ASL INTERPRETING CONCENTRATION

The ASL Interpreting and Deaf Studies major develops students’ understanding of the Deaf community as a unique sociolinguistic minority group. This major prepares students to work within this community in a variety of roles with particular emphasis on careers in American Sign Language education and in ASL/English interpreting. The major is designed with a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people in the areas of teaching, language, community, history, culture, interpretation, and literature.

ASL INTERPRETING AND DEAF STUDIES B.A., WITH DEAF STUDIES CONCENTRATION

The Deaf Studies 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 Deaf Studies concentration is intended to prepare students to work in a number of settings (e.g., social services, vocational rehabilitation, ASL 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.

Each major within CSD requires daytime hours, the programs cannot be completed online or evening only.

There are many career opportunities for graduates with concentrations in the CSD areas.  Career resources can be found at the following sites:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

American Academy of Audiology (AAA)

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)