Introductory Courses (4 courses)
Specialization Courses (at least 5 courses required)
These courses should build the theoretical foundations for research.
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)
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)
1 course minimum with LLC advisor when taking comprehensive exams. 3 credits, students are billed for 1 credit.
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)
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.