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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"Teaching World Literature Conference" - Save the date!

The conference Teaching World Literature: Debates, Models, Pedagogies will bring noted leaders in the field of world literature to the University of Washington on October 21-22, 2016. The conference explores... Continue reading

Stephen Groening's Seattle Television History Project in UW Today

Stephen Groening's Spring 2016 Television History course was featured in a recent UW Today news article.  The course explored the history of local television.  The students' work can be found in an... Continue reading

Kathy Morrow selected as Mellon Fellow for Reaching New Publics for 2016-2017

Kathy Morrow (current Ph.D. student) has been selected as one of the 6 Mellon Fellows for Reaching New Publics in the Humanities for 2016-2017. The fellowships develop connections... 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

Department Fact Sheet (PDF)