Speech and Hearing Sciences

Barbara Rodriguez, Chairperson
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
1700 Lomas NE, Suite 1300
MSC01 1195
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001
(505) 277-4453 FAX (505) 277-0968
Web site: http://shs.unm.edu

Barbara Rodriguez, Ph.D., University of Washington
Amy B. Wohlert, Ph.D., Northwestern University

Associate Professors
Cathy A. Binger, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Amy T. Neel, Ph.D., Indiana University
Phyllis M. Palmer, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Janet L. Patterson, Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Assistant Professors
Richard Arenas, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Jessica Richardson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Georgia

Clinic Director
Sandra Nettleton, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Louisiana State University

Clinic Instructors
Katharine Blaker, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of New Mexico
Melinda Dolan, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of New Mexico
Michael Flores, Au.D., CCC-A, Arizona School of Health Sciences
Jennifer Hanson, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of Arizona
Mary Hartley, M.S., CCC-SLP, University of New Mexico
Cynthia Simonetti, M.A., CCC-SLP, Northwestern University

Emeritus Faculty
Linda L. Cullivan, Ph.D., Memphis State University
Philip S. Dale, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Lloyd Lamb, Ph.D., Purdue University
Bruce Porch, Ph.D., Stanford University

Honorary Consultants
Gare Fabila de Zaldo, Ph.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Raul de Zaldo Galina, M.B.A., Technological Institute of Monterrey


The Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences is a pre-professional degree program which prepares students for graduate study in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Professionals in these fields must earn certification and/or licensure, which usually require a graduate degree in the field of specialization. Courses are, however, open to students in other fields.

Audiologists are professionals with master’s or doctoral degrees specializing in prevention, identification, and assessment of hearing impairment. They also provide habilitation and rehabilitation of persons with hearing loss and fit hearing aids.

Speech-language pathologists are professionals with master’s or doctoral degrees who assess and treat communication disorders such as stuttering, delayed language development, aphasia, voice disorders, and articulation problems.

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists work in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, research laboratories, government agencies, universities, and private practices.

The program offers a foundation for understanding normal and disordered communication across cultures. It meets the recommendations of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and fulfills entrance requirements for a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology.


SHS *302. Introduction to Communicative Disorders. (3)

SHS *303. Introduction to Phonetics. (3)

SHS 310. Anatomy and Physiology of Human Communication. (3)

SHS 321 / 541. Introduction to Audiology. (3)

SHS 330. Introduction to Communication Sciences. (3)

SHS *425. Aural Rehabilitation. (3)

SHS 428 / 528. Phonological Disorders in Children. (3)

SHS 430 / 530. Language Development. (3)

SHS 431. Language Disorders in Children. (3)

SHS 450 / 550. Neural Basis of Communication. (3)

SHS 451. Undergraduate Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SHS *458. Preclinical Training. (3)

SHS 459. Multicultural Considerations in Communication. (3)

SHS 490. Topics in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SHS 500. Clinical Practice. (3 to a maximum of 18 Δ)

SHS 506. Reading and Writing in Research. (3)

SHS 507. Adult Neurogenic Communicative Disorders. (3)

SHS 517. Dysphagia. (3)

SHS 525. Voice Disorders. (3)

SHS 528 / 428. Phonological Disorders in Children. (3)

SHS 530 / 430. Language Development. (3)

SHS 531. Motor Speech Disorders. (3)

SHS 532. Augmentative Communication. (3)

SHS 533. Assessing Language in Children. (3)

SHS 534. Intervention: Child Language Disorders. (3)

SHS 535. Medical Speech-Language Pathology. (3)

SHS 538. Fluency Disorders. (3)

SHS 539. Topics. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SHS 541 / 321. Introduction to Audiology. (3)

SHS 550 / 450. Neural Basis of Communication. (3)

SHS 551. Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SHS 558. Clinical Internship. (6-9 to a maximum of 18 Δ)

SHS 599. Master's Thesis. (1-6, no limit Δ)

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