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Intellectual Engagement

Intellectual Engagement

A wide range of internationally-renowned scholars are invited to the University on a regular basis to give lectures and papers. Each year, there is also a senior Pitt Professor in American History and Institutions who visits for the year from a US institution.  There are visiting scholars from other institutions as well.

In addition to the American History seminars, students will be able to attend lectures and research papers at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).  They may also attend American literature seminars in the English Faculty.

The History Faculty has a very wide range of other seminars, which sometimes offer papers of direct relevance to American historians.

There is a large suite of undergraduate papers in American history, including survey papers on American History from c. 1500-1865 and American History since 1865. The lectures for undergraduate papers are also open to graduate students. Graduate students are encouraged to attend lectures on topics relevant to their dissertation and option areas, in order to get a sense of the general field in which they are writing.

There are strong intellectual links between the American History Subject Group and other Departments and Faculties. Students are able to attend any open lecture courses across the university, without permission, for example those presented by Anthropology, English, Art History, Politics and International Relations, Social and Political Sciences, and the History and Philosophy of Science.  It would be possible to pursue informally American Studies from a multi-disciplinary perspective.