The Graduate Program for Cultural Studies is a certificate-granting intellectual center for interdisciplinary cultural critique and analysis. The program fosters the intensive study of cultural formations, past and present, from around the world. In its course offerings and other activities, the program draws upon over one hundred faculty affiliate members and ninety enrolled graduate certificate students from many of Pitt’s departments and schools. The program’s varied faculty members and students consistently exchange ideas about studying culture, beyond national boundaries and disciplinary divisions. The program stands as an institutional forum for responding to the increasing global need to engage, through interdisciplinary and post disciplinary lenses, the problematics of culture.
The program addresses debates concerning the theory of texts and their production; the relationship between culture and politics; the formation of disciplines and institutions; and the nature of cultural antagonisms and crises. It features a variety of recent methodologies of historical and textual interpretation, and offers students opportunities to work with faculty and other students from the following departments, programs, and schools: Anthropology, Biothics, Classics, Communication, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Education, English, Film Studies, French and Italian Languages and Literatures, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, German Languages and Literatures, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, History, History and Philosophy of Science, History of Art and Architecture, Law, Library Science, Linguistics, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Public and International Affairs, Public Health, Religious Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Social Work, Sociology, and Theatre Arts.
The program offers a master’s certificate and doctoral certificate in cultural studies, which enhance MA and PhD degrees in the disciplines.
Director: Dr. Ronald J. Zboray
Main Office: 401C Cathedral of Learning
Students who wish to apply to the certificate program must be enrolled in a graduate or professional program at the University of Pittsburgh and must be in good academic standing. A student may earn either a master’s certificate or a doctoral certificate, but not both.
Two one year fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding resident doctoral students who have passed comprehensive examinations.
Cultural studies faculty edit journals of international renown, including boundary 2 and Critical Quarterly, leading publications in the study of culture. The Program Director is co-editor of the Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 5, United States, to 1860.