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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Steamboat Bill Jr title frame

Jennifer M. Bean to host CineClub at the Paramount

STG Presents Silent Movie Mondays: STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928) at The Paramount Theatre April 10, 2017 as a part of Comedy Classics Series.   Jennifer M. Bean, Director of Cinema & Media Studies... Continue reading

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


Apr 27
Professor Rachel Sagner Buurma, Swarthmore College
"The Preparation of the Victorian Novel and the Preparation of the Topic Model."
3:30pm: Petersen Room, Allen Library
May 19
CMS Faculty Meeting 12:30pm: 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)