In addition to specific courses listed below, students must select a cognate (a suite of courses outside the department or in the department).
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is the highest degree offered at LSU. It recognizes and demands mastery of one or more subfields of the discipline. Doctoral students go far beyond the level required for lesser degrees, and their work is expected to be of such quality that it could grace the pages of scholarly books and journals. Although doctoral students are expected to exhibit the intellectual breadth required of an academic position, the Ph.D. is primarily a research degree, and doctoral students should expect to spend little time sitting in undergraduate lecture courses, save those needed to remedy deficiencies.The Graduate School allows doctoral students to write their dissertation in a book-manuscript style or as several journal-manuscript style papers. Both styles are popular among students in Anthropology. Students should consult the Graduate School web page for specific requirements.
The PhD curriculum involves a total of 31 hours beyond the master’s degree (1/2 at 7000-level+) including:
ANTH 7901 Introduction to Graduate Study (1)
9 hours of 7000-level courses (exclusive of 7901)
9 hours in approved cognate fields (including one 7000-level course)
3 additional hours of 4000 or 7000-level coursework
9 hours of dissertation research (ANTH 9000 )
Departmental policy requires nine hours in approved cognate courses for the completion of the doctoral degree. The cognate courses must be listed on the student’s program of study.
The cognate field requirement is composed of a suite of courses, of which at least three credit hours should be in an upper-level seminar (usually 7000-level). The courses need not be within a single discipline. The development of the cognate field may be quite flexible, and the specific suite of courses is developed by the student in consultation with the major professor and advisory committee. The cognate field may include traditional disciplines and emerging interdisciplinary fields, including, for example Biology, Communication Studies, Geology, Geography, History, and Women’s and Gender Studies.