Colleges/universities around the U.S. have been offering classes on Japanese animation and Japanese comics for close to 20 years now. This directory compiles many of these classes, their course descriptions, profiles, syllabi/reading lists, and, as possible, any coverage they receive in the media.

A guide to the major English-language academic journals that publish scholarly papers on anime, manga, the activities and practices of anime/manga fans around the world, and other related topics

  • Academic Programs

[Note: These programs focus on critical and analytical approaches, not on creating comics or animation]


Manga (M.A./Ph.D., Graduate School of Manga, Kyoto Seika University)


Animation Emphasis (B.A., Film & Media Arts, The University of Utah)

Animation Studies (undergraduate certificate, Texas Tech University)

Comics Studies (undergraduate major, West Liberty University)

Comics and Cartoon Studies (undergraduate minor, University of Oregon)

Comics Studies (undergraduate minor, Henderson State University)

Comics Studies  (undergraduate/postgraduate certificate, Portland State University)

Comics Studies (undergraduate minor, San Francisco State University)

Comics Studies immersion (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Other Countries

Comics and Graphic Novels (master’s program, University of Dundee, UK)

Comics Studies (master’s program, University of East Anglia, UK)

  • Academic Projects

Center for Comics Studies (Henderson State University)

Center for Comics Studies (San Diego State University)

Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form (University of Oxford)

Comics Research Hub (University of the Arts London)

Comics Studies Graduate Research Cluster (University of Washington)

International Manga Research Center (Kyoto Seika University)

Scottish Centre for Comics Studies (University of Dundee)

Women’s Manga Research Project (Chikushi Jogakuen University)

  • Libraries/Museums

Kitakyushu Manga Museum

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Suginami Animation Museum

Tokyo International Manga Library (Meiji University)

Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subculture (Meiji University)

  • Societies/Associations/Organizations

Anime and Manga Research Circle

Comics Studies Society

Japan Society for Animation Studies

Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association
Animation subject area
Asian Popular Culture subject area
Comics and Comic Art subject area

Society for Animation Studies
*** NEW *** Anime Studies Special Interest Group

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Comic Studies Scholarly Interest Group

Society for Comics Studies

Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation

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