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 127 faculty members and 101 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.

For a full calendar of program events, click here.


Mark Your Calendars for CLST's Common Seminar Colloquium and Keywords Distinguished Lecture Series 20-21 April 2016

Thanks to generous funding from the Provost's Year of the Humanities Initiative, the Humanities Center, and the Keywords Project (Pitt and Jesus College, Cambridge), CLST is able to offer an event of unprecedented scale and ambition, which no one interested in...

CLST Launches Keywords Collage Poster Competition

Open to both undergraduate and graduate students who can compete for First Prize ($300), Second Prize ($200), and ($100) awards. Click he...

CLST Executive Committee Oversees the Election of Director of the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies

The CLST Executive Committee met on 17 March and made plans for conducting the triennial election of the CLST Director.  Because the current director announced his intention to seek a second term, he recused himself from the process, and thus the Committee appo...