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.


Spring 2016-2017 Common Seminar Theme Announced: Modernity and Its Others, to be Taught by Professor Mohammed Bamyeh (Sociology)

Professor Mohammed Bamyeh from the Department of Sociology has graciously accepted CLST's offer to teach this year's Common Seminar (CLST 2050), Wednesday 6-8:30 in the 402 Classroom. The theme he selected is "Modernity and Its Others." It will give CLST studen...

Three CLST Fellowships Awarded

This year through a unique arrangement CLST will be having not two, but three fellows, two half-year and one full-year one.  The full-year one went to Olga Kim from Film Studies (Slavic), for her dissertation, ...

Ron Zboray Re-Appointed as CLST Director for 3-Year Term

After his unanimous election in April, Ron Zboray has been appointed by Dean James F. Knapp to a second three-year term until Summer 2019.


CLST Joins Four Other Interdisciplinary Programs at New Student Information Session (3-4PM) and Welcoming Event (4-5:30 PM) in 402 CL, to which all CLST-Affiliated Faculty and Graduate Students are Invited

CLST is one of the Five Interdiscplinary Programs (along with Film Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Jewish Studies, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies) hosting this year's New Student Information Session and Welcoming Event.

CLST'S Graduate Student Organization Meets to Plan Year, 401-CL Library Room, 2-4PM

All CLST students either enrolled in the program or intending to enroll are invited to this year's first meeting of the Graduate Student Organization.  Meet the new leadership and discuss plans for CLST-GSO activities during the coming academic year.