About the Cultural Studies Program

The Graduate Program for Cultural Studies (CLST) provides the University of Pittsburgh with a vibrant intellectual center for interdisciplinary cultural critique and analysis.  Through its two graduate certificate programs (MA and PhD), course offerings, common seminar and colloquium, graduate student fellowships, dissertation writers' colloquium, dissertation prize, incoming graduate student meet-and-greet, open house, professional workshops, distinguished guest lecture, major annual or biennial conference, and its co-sponorship of dozens of talks and forums, CLST fosters the intensive study of cultural formations, past and present, from around the world.

One of the oldest and, with nearly eighty course offerings annually, most extensive cultural studies programs in the US, CLST serves as a site where 114 faculty members and about 100 enrolled graduate certificate students from twenty-four of Pitt's departments and schools exchange ideas about studying culture, beyond national boundaries and disciplinary divisions.  CLST, in short, stands as an institutional forum for responding to the increasingly global need to engage, through interdisciplinary and postdisciplinary lenses, the problematics of culture.

The program's current director is Ronald J. Zboray, Professor of Communication, and affiliate faculty member in Cultural Studies, Global Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies.


Becoming "CLST"ial is easier in Spring Semester 2015 than ever with a record 41 crosslisted courses to choose from!

The CLST Executive Committee met on October 22 to approve a record number of forty-one course descriptions for crosslisting with Cultural Studies for Spring

Seats Remain Open in History Chair Lara Putnam's Spring 2015 CLST Common Seminar on "Outsiders: Citizenship and its Others" 6-9 Weds. in 402-CL

Completing one CLST Common Seminar is required of all CLST MA and PhD certificate students, so now is the time to consider enrolling in Professor Lara Putnam's

Director Named Co-Editor of Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 5, US to 1860
Ronald J. Zboray, CLST Director and Professor of Communication, and Mary Saracino Zboray, Visiting Scholar in Communication, signed a contract with


CSA Annual Conference Proposals Due on Feb. 15

The Cultural Studies Association's deadline for proposals for its annual meeting next year in Riverside, California, from 21 to 24 May 2015, has been extended until February 14.