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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jan 31, 2023
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Cultural Studies, Doctoral Certificate

This interdisciplinary program is concerned with cultural critique and analysis. The program fosters the intensive study of cultural formations, past and present, from around the world. The methodologies employed derive from the most advanced historical, social, and literary models. The program, open to students who are and must be discipline-trained and discipline-oriented, provides a transcultural-critical expertise not generally available in specific departments. The faculty is drawn from twenty-five areas of the humanities and social sciences at the University. The program is open to any student enrolled full time in any graduate or professional program at the University of Pittsburgh; certificates are granted at both Master’s and PhD levels. Two fellowships are offered annually to outstanding students who have passed their doctoral comprehensive examinations.

Requirements for the Doctoral Certificate

The following are course requirements (27 credits) for the doctoral certificate in cultural studies:

  • Common Seminar (CLST 2050 )
  • Three core courses (one from each group): A, B, or C (courses are listed at
  • One designated cultural studies course (D) in the student’s home department or school
  • One designated cultural studies course (D) outside the student’s home department

Students from departments without second language requirements are expected to demonstrate the ability to use primary and secondary texts in one language other than English. Courses are regularly offered in the language departments toward the achievement of this level of reading proficiency and those departments will schedule individual written examinations to demonstrate this ability.

Virtually all of the program’s courses are cross-listed with offerings in other departments and schools. Each cross-listed course counts for credit both in its home department and in the cultural studies program. Thus, the certificate program normally requires only one or two extra courses beyond those mandated by students’ disciplinary degree program.

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