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Founded in 1998, this interdisciplinary doctoral program investigates the concepts and processes of Language, Literacy, and Culture in relationship to social, cultural, linguistic, historical, technological, and ideological formations.

In their research and teaching, our faculty members represent interdisciplinary areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and education. The alliances made with other academic departments at UMBC have made of our program an ideal incubator of knowledge and interdisciplinary inquiry. The participating departments in our program are:

Africana Studies

American Studies



Gender and Women’s Studies


Media and Communication Studies

Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy