Financial aid is available to qualified Ph.D. students in American Culture Studies for up to four years and M.A. students for up to two years in the form of Graduate Assistantships in teaching, research, or applied research and a tuition scholarship. Students should indicate their interest in being considered for an assistantship when applying online to the program.
The assistantship has an associated academic year stipend for which Graduate Assistants are required to devote twenty hours per week to the academic or other unit as assigned during the Fall and Spring semesters. Whenever possible we try to offer assistantships that fit with an applicant’s areas of interest and experience.
M.A. and Ph.D. students who accept a full-time assistantship offer from the ACS program could be assigned in one of the following positions: Research Assistant I (RAI), Research Assistant II (RAII), Teaching Associate (TI), Teaching Assistant (TA). GA Appointment Descriptions
TI and TA positions are typically assigned in Ethnic Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, American Culture Studies, Popular Culture, Theatre and Film, or other related fields.
RAI and RAII positions are typically assigned in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The School of Cultural and Critical Studies, the Center for Women and Gender Equity, The Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, the Ray Browne Popular Culture Library, or other related campus offices.
The tuition scholarship covers the instructional fees. The tuition scholarship also covers non-resident fees for the first year. Domestic out-of-state students can become eligible for Ohio resident status after living in Ohio for at least one year and meet all the required guidelines as defined by the Ohio Board of Regents. International graduate students are eligible to be awarded non-resident fees beyond the first year.
Students are responsible for any other costs and fees, which vary per student. Graduate students are also required to have health insurance which is not included in funding offered by the department; however it is available for purchase through the university although the university’s plan is not required if students can provide proof of other coverage.
Information regarding other types of financial assistance available for students pursuing graduate study at Bowling Green State University can be found on the Graduate College website.
"The ACS program allowed me to develop professional skills in my role as a graduate assistant in the Center for Women and Gender Equity and the Center for Violence Prevention and Education and broadened my perspective of the kinds of work I can do post-graduation."
-Bryan Bove, Ph.D Student
The American Culture Studies PhD program at BGSU was my number one choice because of its interdisciplinary and its reputation as one of the top programs for students interested in comics studies and popular culture. Throughout my time here, I have had the opportunity to take classes in the English department, media and communications, popular culture, women’s, gender, and sexuality, and film studies, cultivating a knowledge of diverse critical theories and methodologies. Working with professors who nurtured my intersectional interests, I have felt fully supported in all areas, including my non-traditional arts-based research and my approach in the classroom. The ACS program allowed me to develop professional skills in my role as a graduate assistant in the Center for Women and Gender Equity and the Center for Violence Prevention and Education and broadened my perspective of the kinds of work I can do post-graduation. Aside from the benefits of the program itself, the Browne Popular Culture Library and its librarians have been a tremendous resource throughout my graduate experience.
Updated: 02/13/2023 12:47PM