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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CLCM Statement Regarding Political Harassment and Academic Freedom

A doctoral student and instructor in our Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media, who was among those who protested the appearance of Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos at the... Continue reading
SAID 2017 flyer

2017 South Asian International Documentary Festival

The Department of CLCM is a community sponsor for the 2017 South Asian International Documentary Festival (SAID).  The festival is organized by Tasveer, and is now in its 3rd year.  It is the only South Asian Documentary... Continue reading
Manishtana lecture flyer

An Evening with MaNishtana

We are cosponsoring an event organized by the UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies to be held on Wednesday, January 25th.  MaNishtana will give a lecture: “Truth, Justice, and the American (Oy) Vey: The Significance of the Jewish Influence on Comic Books” MaNishtana is a writer and... Continue reading


Apr 14
CMS Faculty Meeting 11:00am: PDL B526
May 19
CMS Faculty Meeting 12:30pm: PDL B526

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

Department Fact Sheet (PDF)