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 fifty course offerings annually, most extensive cultural studies programs in the US, CLST serves as a site where over one-hundred faculty members and about ninety enrolled graduate certificate students from seventeen 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, an affiliate faculty member in Cultural Studies, Global Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies.