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 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. One fellowship is offered annually to outstanding students who have passed their doctoral comprehensive examinations.