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About Us

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.

A unique value of this program is our wide range of contemporary multi-disciplinary perspectives and a continuum of methodological approaches from the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Our research and teaching community includes affiliated faculty from more than nine programs and departments across our campus. We expand beyond traditional methodological and disciplinary divisions, encouraging synergistic, collaborative, community- and place-based approaches that combine theories andĀ applications. Our vision of language, literacy, and culture places those processes as crucially important to participatory democracy.

The participating departments in our program include:

Africana Studies

American Studies

Education

English

Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies

History

Media and Communication Studies

Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health