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A&S—Cultural Studies

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, Classics, Communication, East Asian Languages and Literatures, 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, 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.

Contact Information

Director: Dr. Ronald J. Zboray
Main Office: 401C Cathedral of Learning
412-624-6492
Fax: 412-624-7232
E-mail: cultural@pitt.edu
www.culturalstudies.pitt.edu/

Admissions

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.

Financial Assistance

Two one year fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding resident doctoral students who have passed comprehensive examinations.

Requirements for the Master’s Certificate

Following are course requirements (15 credits) for the master’s certificate in cultural studies:

  • Common Seminar (CLST 2050)
  • One core course from group A or B (courses are listed at http://www.cultural studies.pitt.edu/~cultural/courses)
  • 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 or a course from group C

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 http://www.cultural studies.pitt.edu/~cultural/courses)
  • 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 it's 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.

Publications

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.

Affiliated Faculty

Course Listing

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