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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of History


Graduate Assistantships and Financial Aid

The History Department supports a limited number of Public History students during their first year in the program through teaching assistantships, in which they work closely with history faculty. The department seeks to support Public History students in their second year through professional assistantships at local public history institutions and agencies.  Assistantships, whether teaching or professional, usually require a commitment of 15-20 hours/week and pay a stipend that ranges up to $6,000/semester.  Students who hold assistantships automatically qualify for the in-state rate of graduate tuition.  In the recent past, the history department has also been able to “abate,” or reduce, this in-state tuition by an additional 25-50 percent.  The financial assistance situation varies from year to year, as does the number of available assistantships.

Recently students have been placed in professional assistantships at the following institutions:

  • Historic Columbia Foundation
  • South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office
  • Norfolk Southern Railroad grant project
  • Pinckney-Horry Papers Documentary Editing Project

In addition, some units on the University of South Carolina campus contact us requesting names of graduate students who might want to have a graduate assistantship: 

  • McKissick Museum
  • South Carolina Political Collections
  • University Archives
  • Thomas Cooper Library