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 40 crosslisted courses to choose from!

The CLST Executive Committee met on October 22 to approve a record number of forty course descriptions for crosslisting with Cultural Studies for Spring 2015.  

History Chair Lara Putnam will Teach the Spring 2015 CLST Common Seminar on "Outsiders: Citizenship and its Others" 6-9 Weds. in 402-CL

History Professor and incoming History Chairperson Lara Putnam, who served on the CLST Fellowship Committee and has taught many CLST-crosslisted seminars, has

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