Sep 21, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Language, Literacy, and Culture, Ph.D.

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Degree Requirements

Students develop their program of study for the Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture in consultation with their LLC program advisor and their dissertation research advisor.

The program requires completion of 12 credits of introductory courses, 15 credits of specialized courses, 12 credits of additional research methodology courses and, once students achieve candidacy, at least 18 credits of dissertation research.

Quantitative and mixed methods research

Dissertation Research Courses (at least 3 courses required)

Additional courses

  • LLC 891 - Internship in Language, Literacy and Culture [3-6]
  • This Service-Learning Internship allows students to "give back" while developing new skills.  Students will find a placement that allows them to engage in a service-learning project that relates to their research and professional interests.  Projects could be conducted in non-profits orgs, national associations, community-based orgs, or schools.  Students could also have an internship placement with a professor at UMBC in order to teach or conduct research.  The internship should be a special project, not just part of a regular job.  Internships should be completed when a student is far enough along to know what her/his research is, and it can be a research pilot.  The work of the internship should be equivalent to a 3-credit course load. The internship requires a short proposal to be submitted for approval by students' dissertation and LLC advisors, and once the internship is completed students will submit a final report to the site supervisor and faculty advisors.

  • LLC 648 - Research Writing and Design [3] (optional but often recommended)
  • LLC 890 - Research Proposal Seminar [3]
  • (optional but recommended by most research advisors in order to draft the dissertation proposal)


Attendance in all of these advanced graduate seminars is essential.  Most classes meet 4:30-7, and some meet 7:10-9:40.  A student must be able to take multiple 4:30 classes. Requirements are based on the catalogue at the time of matriculation.

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