Frequently Asked Questions - Graduate Study in RCS

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies prides itself on the quality of the education it provides. Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions concerning the benefits of studying language and culture with us at the graduate level.

Michigan State University was founded in 1855. It was the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions established under the Morrill Act of 1862. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community. MSU has approximately 50,351 students: from all 83 counties in Michigan, all 50 states in the United States and Washington, D.C. and 141 other countries: 39,423 undergraduate, 10,928 graduate and professional; 51.9 percent women, 48.1 percent men; 20.6 percent students of color, 12.4 percent international students. For more information about the quality and the research and academic programs at MSU go to the MSU facts page

City of Lansing

East Lansing is the home of MSU. It is located in the center of the state just east of Michigan’s capital city, Lansing. This is a prime location in the Midwest: about 1 and a half hours to Detroit, 1 hour to Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and 3 hours to Chicago. The area offers a variety of places to live near MSU: some are rural and some more urban.

City of East Lansing

We offer…

  • Graduate School Fellowships 
  • Teaching assistantships, technology assistantships, and editorial assistantships, which include a full tuition waiver (24 credit hours/year), along with health, vision, and dental insurance.
  • Summer teaching assignments available
  • Opportunities for summer employment abroad in Spain and France.

Funding is available from numerous sources:

  • In CAL Funding 
  • The Dissertation Completion Fellowship offers a 1 semester release from teaching. (PhD students)
  • Summer Support Fellowship (PhD students)
  • Generous travel funding for professional conferences and research (MA and PhD students)

When studying in RCS, you will have access to:

  • Close faculty interaction and mentoring from world-class scholars
  • Innovative and interdisciplinary research topics
  • Graduate Certificates available with units throughout the university – College Foreign Language Teaching (College of Arts and Letters), College Teaching (College of Arts and Letters), Chicano-Latino Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean studies, Digital Humanities, Center for Gender in Global Context, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Film Studies.

Yes! We have a number of opportunities available, including:

  • Numerous teaching opportunities
    • Graduate students gain teaching experience in the basic- and intermediate-sequence language courses as well as in the major.
    • Training in current teaching methods
  • Involvement in TROPOS graduate student journal and conference
  • Extensive professional development through workshops, presentations, practical experience
  • Outreach and service experiences in the community
  • Graduate Student Association – participation in governance in the Department, College, and University
  • Job-search preparation

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