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Graduate Programs


Welcome to Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media (CLCM). In recent years, the department’s focus has shifted to research and teaching in Cinema and Media Studies (CMS). Indeed, we are currently proposing two distinct new MA and PhD degree programs in CMS – programs that should be in place and available to all new admitted students, beginning Autumn 2020.

Our commitment to graduate training is a point of pride. In addition to providing high-quality and rigorous academic training, our faculty stress the importance of maintaining robust research programs while gaining extensive teacher training and classroom experience. Graduate students in CLCM have a strong record of attaining graduate fellowships and awards to help support dissertation writing and research. CLCM fosters graduate student research through multi-year projects and colloquia on the moving image, Chinese visual culture, television history, and more. Our most recent PhDs have accepted a tenure-track position at Humboldt State University, a LSA Collegiate Fellowship at the University of Michigan, and a Visiting Lecturer position at Wellesley College. In previous years, our graduate students have moved into successful careers in academia (in the U.S. and abroad), education, business, translation, and public service. For more information on our record of academic placements, please visit this page.

CLCM faculty have demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship and are leaders in their fields. They have won national and international awards, including an AMPAS Film Academy Award, a NEH fellowship, a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a Levenson book prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, Kovacs Prizes, and more. The department is also home to the editors of Modern Language Quarterly, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, and the new editor of Feminist Media Histories. Visit our faculty pages to find out more.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or advice. We look forward to hearing from you!

Stephen Groening, Graduate Program Coordinator


Why choose Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media at UW?

The Graduate Program of the Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media offers the following options, programs, and certificates:

After choosing the program that is right for you, you may Apply to the Graduate Program.