Texas A&M University, based in College Station, TX offers a fully funded PhD in Communication. Specialization areas are Health communication; Organizational communication; Rhetoric and Public Affairs; Media, Culture, and Identity; and Communication, Politics, and Policy. Full-time doctoral graduate students are often funded through departmental graduate assistantships. All funded graduate students serve as teaching assistants, and some have the opportunity to also serve as research assistants to graduate faculty in the department. Communication graduate assistants receive funds for tuition and a 9-month stipend of $18,000. Additional summer teaching appointments are sometimes available.