The department has a limited number of teaching assistantships which we offer to both M.A. and Ph.D. students. While we may not guarantee multiple years of funding, it is generally expected that students who are offered assistantships at the time they are admitted to the program can expect to have their assistantships renewed subject to the availability of funds and the students’ continued good standing in the program. Students taking the M.A. are generally funded for 4 semesters, those entering the Ph.D. program without an M.A. may receive funding for up to 10 semesters, and those entering the Ph.D. directly may receive funding for up to 6 semesters.
Students pursuing the Ph.D. are expected to seek funding from outside the department and by doing so can often increase the length of time they are funded. In general, students who have funding from outside the department that is equal to or greater than the funding offered by the department, will not receive department funding during those semesters unless there are teaching assistantships that have not yet been filled. Students who receive a small amount of funding from outside the department may receive department funding to raise the level to that offered by the department. Students who have had outside funding for much of their program may receive funding from the department during their final stages of writing the dissertation. The only funding offered by the department is teaching assistantships; therefore students can only receive it if they are present on campus. Assistantships are often available outside the department, and our students have found work at SCIAA, the McKissick Museum, Women’s & Gender Studies and other venues around campus.
A typical assistantship for an M.A. students pays $5700 per semester and students work 14 hours per week. Assistantships for Ph.D. students pay $6700 per semester and require 20 hours of work per week. Assistantships qualify students for in-state tuition and for a tuition fee abatement to cover tuition for 9 hours for M.A. students and 6 hours for Ph.D. students plus health insurance (if needed). Most years 100% of our students receive at least some support either from the department or from other departments or institutes around the University.