Comics Studies Minor

Comics Studies Minor courses present students with an international, historical, and critical perspective on the art of editorial cartoons, comic books, and graphic novels, and how these forms communicate, inform, and emotionally engage their audiences.  Students will be required to think outside of accustomed disciplinary boundaries, and to analyze and experiment with the interaction of both visual and linguistic systems of meaning.


his course considers the way graphic narratives often mediate traumatic historical events through seemingly simple images. Symbolic representations of moments of violence, conflict, and transformation can shape the way history is told—whether it is the history of an individual, a family, or a... (read more)


Gilroy, Andréa

Junot Díaz’s 2007 novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is complex and heart wrenching, but still gut-bustingly funny. One of its most famous characteristics is its narrator’s constant barrage of references, in-jokes, quotations, and innuendo. In “COLT 380: Allusion and/as Identity,” we... (read more)


Taught by nationally syndicated cartoonist, Jan Eliot — the creator of Stone Soup — this four-credit class will meet from 2pm to 5pm on Wednesdays throughout Spring Term of 2016. Ms. Eliot will guide you through the design, development, and production of your own strip or comic, and offer... (read more)


Saunders, Ben

In this class we will map the path of the American superhero and consider the ways in which that journey reflects larger processes of social change. But we will also attempt to analyze superhero comic books as significant aesthetic achievements in themselves: expressions of a misunderstood and... (read more)


O'Kelly, Brendan

This class will focus on a genre of American fiction, comic, and film somewhat loosely defined as crime
noir. Distinct from detective fiction, hardboiled crime noir centers on criminal protagonists, often of the
“career” variety. Tracing the trajectory of such a genre from its... (read more)