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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James Tweedie named 2017 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Professor James Tweedie was named one of two Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 2017.  He will recieve a $25,000... Continue reading

Steve Groening interviewed for BBC 

Professor Steve Groening was interviewed about his work on inflight entertainment by BBC. Check out the article: ... Continue reading
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Quad Flicks: Mystery Movie Screening!

Once again the Cinema and Media studies program will be sponsoring Quad Flicks during Dawg Daze, the UW's annual tradition of welcoming first year and returning students to campus.   The mystery movie will be shown on the Quad (rain or shine) starting at... Continue reading


Oct 30
Linda Hughes (Texas Christian U)
Material Texts Colloquium:on transnational print and fixed verse form
3:30pm: Communications 202
Nov 2
Professor Gordana P. Crnkovic
Lecture at the Frye Museum "On Love and Books"
7:00pm: Frye Art Museum
Nov 6
Nov 17
CLCM Faculty Meeting 1:30pm: PDL B526
Dec 8
CLCM Faculty Meeting 1:30pm: PDL B526

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

Department Fact Sheet (PDF)