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.


A Record 47 CLST-Crosslisted Courses for Fall 2015

The expansion of course offerings that certificate students requested in a survey CLST conducted last year continues with forty-seven courses from which to choose for Fall 2015 (click here to see the listings...

Results of the 2015-2016 CLST Fellowship Competition

This year's all-elected CLST Fellowship Committee, consisting of Bruce Venarde (HIST, Chair), Laura Brown (ANTH), Neil Doshi (FRIT), Randall Halle (GER), Adriana Helbig (MUSIC), and Linda Penkower (RELGST), reviewed sixteen applications on February 5th.  Direct...

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, University of Cambridge), Keywords, based on continu...