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 116 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.


COMMON SEMINAR 2016: "Keywords" with Colin MacCabe & Jonathan Arac

In light of Pitt's Year of the Humanities, the 2016 Common Seminar will take up one of the university's great ongoing projects (co-sponsored by Jesus College,

COMMON SEMINAR 2015 LECTURERS ANNOUNCED: Aihwa Ong, Toby Miller, and Sujatha Fernandes

In conjunction with History Professor Lara Putnam's currently-running CLST 2050 Common Seminar on "Outsiders: Citizenship and its Others," three internationally

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


CLST-Graduate Student Organization Meets March 5th from 1 - 2, in 401-CL Library Room

All CLST certificate students and CLST-interested students are invited to join the Program's Graduate Student Organization in planning its annual Spring Book Sale and other future events. 

Small Grant Fund for CLST Grad Student Summer Research Due

This year CLST is continuing its program of awarding residual end-of-the-fiscal-year monies in the form of a Small Grant Fund for CLST Grad Student Summer Research.