LLC Doctoral Program Course Progression Outline

Introductory Courses (4 courses)

  • LLC 700    (previously 600-I) Introduction to Language, Literacy and Culture I (offered in the fall)
  • LLC 701    (previously 600-II) Introduction to Language, Literacy and Culture II (offered in the spring)
  • LLC 744    (previously 644) Methods of LLC Research I (offered in the fall)
  • LLC 745    Methods of LLC Research II (offered in the spring) – LLC 750.04 will substitute in Fall 2012

Specialization Courses (at least 5 courses required)

These courses should build the theoretical foundations for research.

  • LLC 606 Social Inequality and Social Policy (SOCY/ANTH)
  • LLC 610 Theorizing Identity in Multi-Cultural Contexts (AMST)
  • LLC 611 Constructing Race, Class and Gender (SOCY/ANTH)
  • LLC 612 Language in Diverse Schools and Communities
  • LLC 613 Language, Gender and Culture
  • LLC 616 Cyberspace, Culture and Society (SOCY/ANTH)
  • LLC 621 Immigration, Race and Society
  • LLC 622 Inequality in Education
  • LLC 635 Socio-Cultural Theories of Learning and Human Interaction (EDUC)
  • LLC 640 Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Race, Society and Culture (AFST)
  • LLC 647 Online Voice and Community
  • LLC 660 Theoretical Approaches to Intercultural Communication (MLLI)
  • LLC 680 Theories of Feminism (GWST)
  • LLC 750 Topics in LLC (courses vary each semester)
  • LLC 892 Independent Study in LLC

Courses not listed here may be acceptable but must be approved by LLC advisors and/or the LLC curriculum committee. For additional course offerings you may check LLC participating departments, other UMBC graduate programs, and other universities.

Research Methodology Courses (at least 3 courses required)

  • LLC 601 Intercultural Pragmatics (MLLI) (usually offered in the spring)
  • LLC 645 Quantitative Research Methods I (spring)
  • LLC 646 Quantitative Research Methods II (fall)
  • LLC 650 Ethnographic Methods (spring)
  • LLC 750 Analyzing Discourse (ENGL) (usually offered in the summer)

Quantitative and mixed methods research:

LLC 645, LLC 646, additional courses to be decided with advisor

Qualitative with social science focus:

LLC 645, LLC 650, and other typical courses include: LLC 750: Analyzing Discourse, LLC 601: Intercultural Pragmatics, MLLI 602: Ethnography of Communication, GWST 695: Research Seminar in GWST, Critical Interpretation (to be developed), additional courses to be decided with advisor

Qualitative with humanities focus:

Typical courses include: LLC 650, LLC 750: Analyzing Discourse, LLC 601: Intercultural Pragmatics, MLLI 602: Ethnography of Communication, GWST 695: Research Seminar in GWST, Critical Interpretation (to be developed), additional courses to be decided with advisor

Dissertation Research Courses (at least 3 courses required)

  • LLC 898 Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Research

1 course minimum with LLC advisor when taking comprehensive exams. 3 credits, students are billed for 1 credit.

  • LLC 899 Doctoral Dissertation Research

2 semesters minimum with research advisor. 9 credits per semester, students are billed for 2 credits.

Additional Courses (recommended)

LLC 891    Internship in LLC

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 (optional but often recommended)

LLC 890    Research Proposal Seminar (optional but recommended by most research advisors in order to draft the dissertation proposal)

General Notes

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.

Financial aid information is available here.