Minor in Comics Studies

Comics Studies has come to SF State!

Courses that count towards the minor:

  • CMX 325 (HUM 325) Comics & Culture 
  • CMX 304 (HUM/LS 304) Making Comics 1 
  • CMX 540 Topics in Comics: 
    • SF Underground 
    • Manga
    • Queer Comics 
    • Superheroes 
    • Political Cartooning 
  • CMX 625 Advanced Readings in Comics
  • HIST 304 Teaching History through Comics 
  • ENG 300/CW 501 Graphic Memoir
  • COMM 428 Health Communication in Visual and Graphic Medicine 
  • GEOG 434 The Geography of Health & Health Care 
  • LS 426 Thought & Image
  • WGS 580 Feminism and the Speculative: Another World is Possible
  • GER 620 German Comics in English: Encounters, Conflicts, & Changes 
  • AFRS 675 Afrofuturism: Africana Speculative Fiction, Comics, and Music
  • HUM 706 Image & Culture (Comics)

FALL 2021 Comics Studies Offerings!!

  • CMX 304 (HUM 304/LS 304) Making Comics 1 Tyler Cohen 
  • CMX540 Topics in Comics: Superheroes Shawn Taylor
  • GER 620s German Comics in English: Encounters, Conflicts, & Changes T/Th 2-3:15 online synchronously Prof Olivia Albiero 
  • GEOG 434 The Geography of Health & Health Care Prof Courtney Donovan

Please Note, Professor Sousanis is on sabbatical F2021 and will return S2022. He will still be available for advising, etc. sousanis@sfsu.edu

SPRING 2021 Comics Studies Offerings! 

  • HIST 304 Teaching History through Comics T/Th 9:30-10:45 Prof. Trevor Getz
  • CMX 304 Making Comics I M 4-6:45 Prof. Nick Sousanis (also listed as HUM304 & LS304)
  • CMX 540 Topics in Comics: Manga T/Th 12:30-1:45 Hanako Asakura
  • CMX 540 Topics in Comics: Queer Comics MW 11-12:15 Tyler Cohen 
  • COMM 428 Health Communication in Visual and Graphic Medicine (a 2-unit class) Thurs 2:00-3:40 synchronous Prof. Chris Koenig (Additional 1-unit independent study for Comics Studies minors for doing a comics making project.)
  • HUM 706 Image & Culture (Comics) W 4-6:45 Prof. Nick Sousanis 
  • LS426 Thought & Image MW 12:30-1:45 Prof. Nick Sousanis

Want to know more about the Rue Archive of Comic Book and Adventure Strip Collection - visit online at the Library here

FALL 2020 Offerings

  • CMX325 Comics & Culture (also listed as HUM 325) w/Prof. Sousanis M/W 11-12:15
  • CMX304 Making Comics (also listed as LS304) w/Prof. Sousanis M 4-6:45
  • HIST 304 Teaching History with Comics w/Prof Getz T/Th 12:30-1:45
  • Geog 434 The Geography of Health and Health Care w/Prof Donovan 9:30-10:45am
  • LS426 Thought & Image w/Prof. Sousanis 12:30-1:45
  • HUM (or CMX) 540 Topics in Comics Political Cartooning - is a maybe for fall...

Check out our Spring 2020 offerings...

Fall 2019 Comics Classes!!!

HUM 325/CMX 325*  MW 11-12:15 Comics & Culture (our introductory comics readings, theory + making course), Prof Nick Sousanis  

LS 304/COMX 304* W 4-6:45 Making Comics (intro to making - no prior drawing experience required!), Tyler Cohen (w. Sousanis assisting)  

WGS 580 W 9:30-12:15 Feminism and the Speculative: Another World is Possible, Prof Martha Kenney  

HIST 304 MW 11-12:15 Teaching History with Comics, Prof Jackson 

AFRS 675 M 4-6:45 Afrofuturism: Africana Speculative Fiction, Comics, and Music, Prof Dawn-Elissa Fischer   

GER 620 W 4-6:45pm German Comics in English: Encounters, Conflicts, and Changes, Prof Olivia Albiero  

GEOG 434 T-Th 9:30-10:45 The Geography of Health and Health Care (Graphic Medicine - using comics to address health), Prof Courtney Donovan

*Note - we have a new prefix for Comics Studies “CMX”! Those courses co-listed with CMX are the SAME class, same time, room, etc. Only separate for enrollment purposes. 

SFSU Comics Studies Archive Reception! 

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Please join us Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 6-8pm at SFSU's J. Paul Leonard Library Special collections to inaugurate this unique archive of nearly 1,000 comic books spanning 1938-1952 collected by the late Thomas Rue as a boy. We’ll begin in LIB 460 (Archives) with remarks from Virginia Rue and Comics Historian Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics), who will discuss the collection’s historical significance. Wine & Cheese reception immediately follows at 7 in LIB 121. Evite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sfsu-comics-studies-archive-reception-tickets-55670202073

We graduated our first Five Students with the Minor this May! 












See interviews with Nick Sousanis about the program in SF State News and in the Golden Gate Xpress.

Spring 2019 Offerings

HUM 540 Topics in Comics: MANGA! Curious about manga or want to test your otaku knowledge?  Discover the hidden histories of manga in Japan and worldwide; read pioneering works and become familiar with the culture and circumstances that gave rise to one of the most famous exports of Japan!   We will focus on transformations in the look and feel of manga over the last century, examining relationships with fashion trends and visual arts.  We will also pay attention to the kinds of relationships manga set up with their audiences, and look at the reception history of manga in popular culture (including cosplay, dojinshi, fan-fiction, manga cafés, and more) and scholarship. 
HUM 540 Topics in Comics: San Francisco Underground! San Francisco was the birthplace of Underground Comix, Wimmen's Comix, & Gay Comix. This class will introduce students to this rich creative legacy, with history/herstory/theirstory, critique and creation, as well as consider how this legacy influenced today's medium. 
Also coming in Spring of 2019, AFRS 675 Afrofuturism will be offered by Dr. Dawn-Elissa Fischer on Mondays 4-6:45! It will focus on Africana Speculative Fiction, Comics, and Music and will count towards the Comics Studies Minor! Stay tuned for more announcements on new classes.
Questions? Email Comics Studies Coordinator Nick Sousanis sousanis@sfsu.edu (Note: Nick is on sabbatical Spring 2019 - Comics & Culture, and Making Comics courses will return in Fall 2019...)

Fall 2018 Offerings

HUM 325 Comics and Culture M/W 12:30-1:45 (Sousanis)
LS 304 Making Comics M 4-645 (Sousanis)

WGS 580 Feminism and the Speculative: Another World is Possible Thursday 4-6:45 (Kenney)

Core requirement (3 units)

HUM 325 Comics and Culture

Electives (9 units)

Select three courses from the following:

LS 304 Making Comics
HIST 304 Teaching History with Comics
LS 604 Advanced Comics Making
HUM 540 Topics in Comics
WGS 580 Feminism & the Speculative: Another World is Possible *Must request permission to count towards minor
AFRS 675 Afrofuturism coming Spring 2019 Monday, 4pm to 6:45pm
ENG 300/CW 501 Graphic Memoir and Biography

Also, LS426 Thought & Image is currently counting towards the minor

More courses and announcements coming soon...


Drop a line to Nick Sousanis at sousanis@sfsu.edu

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