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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Mimi Nielsen awarded SWEA San Francisco's 2017 scholarship!

We have received news that doctoral student Mimi Nielsen has been awarded SWEA San Francisco's 2017 scholarship!  SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association), a non-profit global organization, dedicated to... Continue reading
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Paul Morton awarded 2017-2018 Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship 

Congratulations to doctoral student Paul Morton, who was awarded the Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship for 2017-2018! This competitive award is... Continue reading
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Erin Gilbert selected as Soden-Trueblood Endowed Graduate Publishing Fellow and Josh Hanauer graduate Fellow

Docotral student Erin Gilbert has been selected as the 2017-2018 Soden-Trueblood Endowed Graduate Publishing Fellow.  The Soden-Trueblood... Continue reading


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Quick Facts

Students (Autumn 2015):
17 Comparative Literature majors
70 Cinema and Media Studies majors
35 Graduate students
2,300 Total student enrollment (2014-15)

Degrees Awarded (Sept. 2014-June 2015):
32 Bachelor of Arts degrees
3 Master of Arts degrees
6 PhD degrees

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