Louisiana State University, Department of History


Graduate Program



Victor Stater, Chair

Christine Kooi, Director of Graduate Studies

Telephone. 225/578-4471

††††††† Email. ckooi1@lsu.edu

Departmental Web Page: www.artsci.lsu.edu/hist

Graduate School Web Page:http://gradlsu.gs.lsu.edu





†††† LSU offers the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in US, British, European, and Latin American history. Students may also elect a minor field in Asian history. The thesis-option M.A. requires 30 semester hours of credit, including six hours of thesis credit, and a research thesis. The non-thesis M.A. (considered a terminal degree) requires 36 hours of course work and passing the M.A. comprehensive examination.All coursework must be taken on campus;the History department does not offer graduate courses online or through distance-learning.

†††† The department, in conjunction with the School of Library and Information Science, offers a dual degree program in which a student can earn a Masterís of Art degree in History and a Masterís of Library Science and Information degree simultaneously with the completion of 64 hours.A separate application to the School of Library and Information Science is necessary.

†††† The Ph.D. program requires two minor fields, a general examination, and a dissertation.Ph.D. candidates in American and British history must prove reading competency in at least one foreign language; each candidate in other concentrations must demonstrate proficiency in two.




†††† To support the research of the departmentís graduate students, the University boasts an excellent library and other resources.The LSU libraries contain nearly 3 million volumes, more than 4 million microform records, and a manuscript collection of more than 12 million items.The holdings are especially rich in published and unpublished materials relating to the lower Mississippi Valley, the South, and the American Civil War and Reconstruction.

†††† The LSU library serves as a U.S. Regional Depository, belonging to the prestigious Association of Research Libraries, and subscribes to a wide array of on-line resources.LOUIS, a statewide academic on-line library, provides access to many more databases and most of the academic libraries within Louisiana.The libraryís web page can be accessed at www.lib.lsu.edu.




†††† Students applying for entrance to the Graduate School must submit an application for Graduate Admission.This must be submitted on-line (http://gradlsu.gs.lsu.edu).The application must be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee.Students must submit their score on the GRE.In addition, official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work, a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation and a writing sample of approximately 10-12 pages should also be submitted online as supporting materials.For admission or advancement to the Ph.D. program, an M.A. in History is required. Decisions are made only after receipt of all credentials.The entire application, including all supporting materials, must be submitted via the LSU Graduate Schoolís online application website (http://gradlsu.gs.lsu.edu). Hard copies of official transcripts should be mailed directly to the Graduate School admissions office.

†††† To be considered for fellowships and assistantships for the fall semester, applications must be submitted by FEBRUARY 1, although applications submitted after that date but before May 1 may also be considered.The department does not accept applications for spring admission.




†††† All applicants for admission to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs will be considered for teaching assistantships currently valued at $11,150.Students with assistantships also are exempt from tuition payments, although they must still pay required university fees.In a few cases and if budgets permit, for extremely well qualified students, the University will provide a $3,000 supplement to the amount of the assistantship. The department also has a limited number of $5,000 enhancements that may be added to an assistantís regular stipend. These are awarded to incoming PhD students on a competitive basis. The university also provides TAs $350 per semester to cover the cost of health insurance.In recent years, however, due to state budget cuts, the likelihood of a student receiving financial support during his or her first year has grown increasingly small.





Stephen Andes††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Modern Latin America

Andrew Burstein, Manship Professor††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† American Revolution, U.S. Early national

Gibril Cole†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Africa

William J. Cooper, Jr. Boyd Professor†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† American South

David H. Culbert, Loos Professor †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† U.S. diplomatic, mass media

Maribel Dietz ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Medieval, Late Antiquity

Gaines M. Foster T. Harry Williams Prof.††††††††††††††††††††††††††† New South, U.S. religion and culture

John B. Henderson, Bell Professor †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† East Asia, China

Paul E. Hoffman, Murrill Professor†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Colonial Latin America, Spain

Nancy Isenberg†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† U.S. Early National, Gender, and Women's History

Christine J. Kooi†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† Renaissance, Reformation, Early Modern Netherlands

Carolyn Herbst Lewis††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† US womenís history, sexuality and feminist theory

David F. Lindenfeld††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Modern Germany, European intellectual

Alecia P. Long†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Louisiana, US womenís, sexuality

Suzanne L. Marchand††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Modern Europe, European cultural

Benjamin F. Martin Price Professor †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Modern France, 19th century France

M. Reza Pirbai†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† South Asia

Kodi Roberts†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† US, African-American

Steven K. Ross †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ancient, Greece & Rome

Charles J. Shindo†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 20th Century U.S., American cultural, Asian American

Victor L. Stater†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tudor-Stuart Britain, early modern Europe

Meredith Veldman††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Modern Britain, 20th century Europe

Margherita Zanasi††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Modern China






†††† A representative sample of faculty publications.


Andrew Burstein, Madison and Jefferson;The Passions of Andrew Jackson; Jeffersonís Secrets; America's Jubilee: How in 1826 a Generation Remembered Fifty Years of Independence

William J. Cooper, Jr., Jefferson Davis; Liberty and Slavery: Southern Politics to 1860; The South and the Politics of Slavery, 1828-1856; The Conservative Regime: South Carolina, 1877-1890

David H. Culbert, World War II Film, and History; News for Everyman: Radio and Foreign Affairs in the Thirties

Maribel Dietz, Wandering Monks, Virgins, and Pilgrims: Ascetic Travel in the Mediterranean World, A.D. 300-800

Gaines M. Foster, Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence of the New South, 1865-1913; Moral Reconstruction: Christian Lobbyists and the Federal Legislation of Morality, 1865-1920

John B. Henderson, The Construction of Orthodoxy and Heresy: Neo-Confucian, Islamic, Jewish, and Early Christian Patterns;Scripture, Canon, and Commentary: A Comparison of Confusion and Western Exegesis; The Development and Decline of Chinese Cosmology

Paul E. Hoffman, Floridaís Frontiers; A New Andalucia and a Way to the Orient: The American Southeast During the Sixteenth Century; The Spanish Crown and the Defense of the Caribbean, 1535-1585

Nancy Isenberg, Madison and Jefferson;Fallen Founder: the Life of Aaron Burr; Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America

Christine J. Kooi, Calvinists and Catholics in Hollandís Golden Age: Heretics and Idolaters;Liberty and Religion: Church and State in Leidenís Reformation, 1572-1620

Carolyn Herbst Lewis, Prescription for Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era

David F. Lindenfeld, The Practical Imagination: The German Sciences of State in Nineteenth Century; The Transformation of Positivism: Alexius Meinung and European Thought, 1880-1920

Alecia Long, The Great Southern Babylon: Sex, Race, and Respectability in New Orleans, 1865-1920

Suzanne L. Marchand, German Orientalism in the Age of Empire: Religion, Race and Scholarship; Down From Olympus:†††††††† Archeology and Philhellenism in Germany, 1750-1970

Benjamin F. Martin, France and the Apres Guerre, 1918-1924; Crime and Criminal Justice Under the Third Republic; The Hypocrisy of Justice in Belle Epoque; Count Albert de Mun, Paladin of the Third Republic

M. Reza Pirbhai, Reconsidering Islam in a South Asian Context

Steven K. Ross, Roman Edessa, 114-242 C.E.

Charles J. Shindo, 1927 and the Rise of Modern America;Dust Bowl Migrants in the American Imagination

Victor Stater, Duke Hamilton is Dead!: A Story of Aristocratic Life and Death in Stuart Britain; Noble Government: The Stuart Lord Lieutenancy and the Transformation of English Politics

Meredith Veldman, Fantasy, the Bomb, and the Greening of Britain: Romantic Protest, 1945-1980

Margherita Zanasi, Saving the Nation: Economic Modernity in Republican China










The basic requirements for the master's degree are specified in the LSU Graduate Catalog. It is the responsibility of each graduate student to become familiar with and fulfill them. The program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours credit (students frequently take more) with a thesis and 36 hours without a thesis. Half the hours must be at or above the 7000 level. A non-thesis M.A. is regarded as a terminal degree.


All students must elect, no later than the end of their first semester in the program, a major professor with whom he or she must complete substantial study, including the thesis if the student is writing one. A minor field outside the department may be elected, normally consisting of six semester hours credit. Reading proficiency in a foreign language is not a general requirement, but may be required by a major professor for students working under his or her direction.


A final examination committee is chosen when the student nears the end of his or her program. The student selects those 24 hours of study, including work with the major professor, upon which to be examined. The examining committee includes the major professor, the minor professor if a minor field was elected, and one or two others in the department whose specialties coincide with other history work offered for examination. If a student writes a thesis, it is included in the examination as well. The examination on this material is oral. After the completion of the examination, the committee will make a formal recommendation in writing about the suitability of the student for Ph.D.-level work.


The sequence of courses depends on the area of concentration and on whether or not one writes a thesis. Course work will primarily be in research and reading seminars.


Research seminars: All M.A. students must take a research seminar sequence (HIST 7908 and HIST 7957 for U.S. history; HIST 7908 and HIST 7909 for European and British history).If a seminar needed to fulfill the requirements for the course of study is not offered in a given semester, the student may fulfill the requirement through independent study in consultation with the major professor.


Reading seminars: All M.A. students must take a minimum of four reading seminars. For students in Modern European or British history these reading seminars will number between HIST 7915 and7930.Students in American history will take HIST 7904, HIST 7951, HIST 7952, HIST 7956 and HIST 7958 or 7959 (of these last two twice for 6 hours).






1st Year (18 hours)


††††††††††††††† Fall:†† ††††††††††††††††††††† 7908: Introduction to Historical Research (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† †††††††††††† 7951: Reading Seminar in American History from1607 to 1800 (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7958 or 7959: Special topics in American History (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††† Spring: †††††††††††††††††† 7957:Research Seminar in American History (3 hrs.)

†† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7952: Reading Seminar in American History from 1800-1890 (3 hrs)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7958 or 7959: Special Topics in American History (3 hrs.)


2nd Year (12-18 hours)

††††††††††††††† With thesis:

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Fall:†††††††† 7956: Reading Seminar in American History, 1890-present (3hrs)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7904: American Historiography & Criticism (3 hrs)

3 hours of Thesis Research (8000)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Spring: ††thesis research (8000)


††††††††††††††† Without thesis:

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Fall:†††††††† 7904: American Historiography & Criticism (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7956: Reading Seminar in American History, 1890-present (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† History elective (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Spring:††† 9 hours history electives (6 may be in a minor field)


note:HIST 8000 may be taken for up to 9 hours a semester, however, only 6 hours will count toward fulfilling the ††††††††† †††††††††††††† ††requirements for the M.A.




A program will be devised to meet the student's preferences, to include 4 reading seminars, 1 or 2 research seminars, thesis research if applicable, and additional history electives and/or outside minor fields.




The specific course selection and sequence will vary to fit the concentration chosen.


With thesis

††††††††††††††† 1st year (18 hours)


††††††††††††††† Fall:†††††††††††††††††††††† 7908: Intro. to Historical Research (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††† 7915 to 7930:1 Reading Seminars, depending on offerings (3 hrs)*

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1 elective in History or Minor Field (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††† Spring: †††††††††††††††††† 7909: Research Seminar in European Hist. (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††† ††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† 7915 to 7930: 1 Reading Seminar, depending on offerings (3 hrs.)*

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† †††††††††††† 1 elective in History or Minor Field (3 hrs.)


††††††††††††††† 2nd year (12-18 hours)


††††††††††††††† Fall: ††††††††††††††††††††††† 7915 to 7930: 2 Reading Seminars, depending on offerings (6 hrs.)*

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††† 8000: Thesis Research (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††† Spring:††††††††††††††† 8000: Thesis Research (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Electives (6 hrs.)



Without thesis:

First Year (18 hrs.)


††††††††††††††† Fall: ††††††††††††††††††††††† 7908: Intro. to Historical Research (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† †††††††††††† 7915 to 7930: 1 Reading Seminar, depending on offerings (3 hrs.)*

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1 Elective in History

††††††††††††††† Spring: †††††††††††††††††† 7915 to 7930: 1 Reading Seminar, depending on offerings (3 hrs.)*

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† †††††††††††† 2 Electives in History or Minor Field


††††††††††††††† Second Year (18 hrs.)


††††††††††††††† Fall: ††††††††††††††††††††††† 7915 to 7930: 2 Reading Seminars, depending on offerings (6 hrs.)*

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††† 1 Elective in History or Minor Field

††††††††††††††† Spring: †††††††††††††††††† 7909: Research Seminar in European History (3 hrs.)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† †††††††††††† 2 Electives in History or Minor Field


Non-thesis students may at the end of their second year still elect to write a thesis and extend their residency and registration accordingly.


* Students concentrating in Europe to 1650 may substitute a History Elective for one of the Reading Seminars.







††††††††††††††† The basic requirements for the dual degree program are the same for the regular non-thesis MA program in the Department of History and the MLIS program in the School of Library and Information Science.The dual degree program, however, has been designed to allow the student to complete the 36 credit hours for the MA and the 40 credit hours of the MLIS by completing a total of only 64 hours.A separate application for each program is necessary, though simultaneous application is not required.


Elective courses in the School of Library and Information Sciences eligible for credit for the History M.A. degree:

††††††††††††††† LIS 7200, LIS 7201, LIS 7202, LIS 7203, and LIS 7700.


Elective courses in the Department of History eligible for credit for the MLIS degree:

††††††††††††††† Any two three-hour graduate courses at the 7000-level in the Department of History.






††††††††††††††† The basic requirements for the Doctorate are specified in the LSU Catalog.It is the responsibility of each applicant and graduate student to be familiar with these stipulations and fulfill them.It should be noted that the minimum and maximum time limits are expressed in terms of years of study rather than semester hours, that the plan of course work depends on the studentís earlier preparation in history, and that the major requirement is a dissertation ďwhich embodies creative scholarshipĒ and which ďmust add to the sum of existing knowledge and give evidence of considerable literary skill.ĒEach student must offer three fields of study: one major field and two minor fields.



Major Fields:


††††††††††††††† Those fields offered by the Department are: US History (inclusive), Latin American History, Europe to the Middle Ages, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, European History since 1500, and British History.


Minor Fields:


††††††††††††††† Each student must offer two minor fields which fall outside the scope of the major field.Approval of the selection and scope of each field will be made by the studentís major professor and minor field professors.Typically a minor field requires six hours of coursework.Minor fields may be selected from the list of offered major fields, from Asian History, or an approved aspect or period thereof.Both minor fields cannot fall within the same major field. For students concentrating in US history, the minor fields must fall outside the geographic parameters of the US. Requirements for fulfilling the minor field will be determined by the studentís minor field professor.

The department also offers a minor field in World History the requirements for which are as follows:


1.        History 7970, Seminar in Comparative History, which would be offered on a regular basis (normally once every two years).

2.        Three 4000- or 7000-level courses, in any three of the following four areas:  East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America. A thematic course that cuts across regions may be substituted for one of these.

3.        An oral examination, designed to prepare students for teaching world history. The student will prepare a syllabus for teaching a World History survey course, either to 1500 or from 1500.This will be submitted to a 3-person committee, who will conduct an oral examination based on the syllabus.


With twelve hours of required courses, the World History minor counts as two minor fields.


Students may select one minor field outside the department of History, and requirements for an outside field will be determined by the outside department.Each minor field must consist of at least 6 hours of graduate level course work, although some departments will require more.


Course Work and Examinations:


††††††††††††††† Course Work: Students entering the program with a MA from another university will take the basic seminars in their major field.In Ancient/Medieval/Early Modern European History they are Hist 7908, 7909, andat least 3 seminars numbered between 7915 and 7930.In Modern European and British History they are Hist 7908, 7909, and at least 4 seminars numbered between 7915 and 7930.In United States history they are: 7904, 7908, 7951,7952, 7956, 7957, 7958 and 7959.Students will also have to take courses in their minor fields and may want to take other courses in their major fields.Students who have completed a MA in our department will have already completed these basic seminars.


††††††††††††††† Doctoral Degree Audit: Before taking general exams for the PhD, each student will prepare, in consultation with his or her committee, a Doctoral Degree Audit form which specifies requirements for course work and other aspects of the studentís course of study.When these requirements are completed, the student takes the general examinations.


††††††††††††††† General Examinations: General examinations will be offered once each semester.Minor field exams may consist of a four-hour written exam for each minor field.In certain cases a minor field may consist only of course work and a written exam will not be given.Once the minor field exams (or course work) have been completed, the student must take the major field exams the following semester.The major field exam will consist of two six-hour written exams and an oral examination with the studentís committee and a representative from the Graduate School.Once the major field examination has been successfully completed, the student becomes a PhD Candidate.By the end of the semester in which the student passes the general exam, the student must produce for his or her adviser and the DGS a one-page dissertation prospectus and a preliminary curriculum vitae.


††††††††††††††† Final Examinations: After completing the dissertation, the candidate defends it in an oral examination.The examining committee consists of the studentís major professor, and at least two other graduate faculty from the Department of History or other departments in the University, and a representative from the Graduate School, in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the LSU Graduate School Catalog.


Foreign Language Requirement:


††††††††††††††† It is required that all PhD students in American and British History must demonstrate reading proficiency in one foreign language, and PhD students in all other concentrations must demonstrate reading proficiency in two foreign languages (for medieval history one of those languages should be Latin).Each student must fulfill the foreign language requirement before advancing to the general examinations.Reading proficiency may be demonstrated through a sight translation conducted by a member of the faculty or by successfully completing a reading knowledge course offered by the Department of Foreign Languages or French Studies.The requirements for language skills differ by field, however; students should consult with their major professor for requirements in their areas.