May 19, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC)

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CRAIG SAPER, Graduate Program Director

Degree Offered

Ph.D. (Degree Types )


BICKEL, BEVERLY, Clinical Associate Professor
Globalized communication and culture, new media, social movements, critical pedagogy, qualitative research

English language variation, language and education inequality, the interface of sociolinguistics and sociology, research methodology

MOFFITT, KIMBERLY, Associate Professor
Culture, media studies/criticism, Black hair and body politics, sports and media, and popular culture

SAPER, CRAIG, Professor
E-literacy, e-publishing and online scholarship, history of reading and reading devices, networked writing, cultural and media theory and interventions


CRANDALL, JOANN, Professor Emerita (Founding Director)
Content-based language learning, second language literacy, language teacher education, first and second language writing, ESL/EFL

Approximately fifty other faculty members from other UMBC departments are officially affiliated with the LLC Doctoral Program. For a complete listing, including their research interests, please visit the LLC website.

Program Description

The Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture is an interdisciplinary program which investigates the concepts and processes of language, literacy, and culture in relationship to social, cultural, linguistic, historical, technological, and ideological formations. This interdisciplinary program draws upon the departments of Africana Studies; American Studies; Education; English; Gender, Women's +Sexuality Studies; History; Media and Communication Studies; Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication; and Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy at UMBC.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the LLC doctoral program is highly competitive. At a minimum all applicants must have a master's degree and meet all of the admissions requirements as set forth by the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must submit an academic writing sample directly to the Language, Literacy and Culture program.
LLC Doctoral Program
421 Sherman Hall
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
All application documents should be sent directly to the Graduate School, and not to the LLC program. Please note that the LLC Doctoral Program admits new students in fall semesters only. The program deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15 of the year in which the student intends to enroll.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available through the program. Work-study assistantships are also available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Students applying for work-study assistantships should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Visit the UMBC Financial Aid website for more information:

LLC Contact Information
Liz Steenrod
LLC Program Coordinator 410-455-2376


    Doctor of Philosophy


      Language, Literacy & Culture

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