The Master of Science program in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UNM prepares students to become professional speech-language pathologists. Our learning objectives are designed to give students balanced preparation across the scope of practice in our field, so our graduates are well-prepared for the many employment opportunities that are available in this state and nationwide.
The program is accredited in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850-3289, telephone 301-296-5700 or 800-498-2071. The program is designed so that students can complete all academic and clinical credentialing requirements of ASHA and of the New Mexico Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices board.
The UNM program has a number of distinctive features:
special focus on multilingual and multicultural issues in service delivery and research
access to a great diversity of clinical sites and populations
opportunities for students to be involved in faculty research
ability to study on a part-time basis
Linguistics is the study of how languages work, change, are learned, and are used. Linguists, therefore, see language as an intricate system of interacting semantic, grammatical, phonological, and pragmatic rules and principles to study, describe, and ultimately to understand. The concerns in linguistics overlap with those of other language sciences, making linguistics a truly interdisciplinary field. A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required, and qualifies one for entry-level positions in business, nonprofit organizations, and government. Depending upon the student’s career interests, and due to the major’s emphasis on analysis, argumentation and reasoning, and communication, a linguistics major is may pursue a professional degree in law, business, government or education.