The Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media offers opportuntities to explore connections — connections among various literary, visual, and cultural traditions in a global world; connections between past and present; and connections across different academic disciplines and modes of intellectual inquiry.

Comparative Literature trains students in the critical analysis of texts, seeking to understand how the rhetorical and aesthetic features of those texts—whether literary, visual, or theoretical—negotiate and shape social values, attitudes, and beliefs. International in scope and interdisciplinary in orientation, our field emphasizes intellectual breadth and fosters intellectual initiative by maximizing students’ opportunities to design their own courses of study.

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Doctoral student Katherine Morrow receives Confucius China Studies Ph.D. Research Fellowship

Kathy Morrow has received a Confucius China Studies Program Ph.D. Research Fellowship for the next academic year.  She will be conducting a year of research... Continue reading

Annie Fee awarded 2015 College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Medal

Annie Fee (Ph.D. 2015) is this year's recipient of the UW College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Medal in the Humanties.  Open to students graduating in the current academic year, the Graduate Medal... Continue reading

Cuate Mexica awarded Graduate School Medal

We have received news that Cuate Mexica (Ph.D. 2015) is this year’s recipient of the University of Washington Graduate School Medal.  The Graduate School Medal is given "to... Continue reading

Quick Facts

Students (Autumn 2011):
94 Undergraduate Majors
40 Graduate Students
1,992 Total Student Enrollment

Degrees Awarded (July 2010-June 2011):
53 Bachelor of Arts degrees
3 Master of Arts degrees
6 Ph.D. degrees

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