Colleges and universities throughout the U.S. are now frequently offering classes on Japanese animation and Japanese comics. The purpose of this list is to illustrate the titles that these classes can have and the departments and programs that they can be offered under. It is not meant to be comprehensive, and if you are teaching such a class, are a student, or simply know about one, please let us know! Also, of course, vastly more classes discuss anime/manga in connection with other topics, such as Japanese and global popular culture more broadly, Japanese literature, and representations of particular social groups.

  • Bellarmine University
    Honors Film – Japanese Animation
  • California State University, Sacramento
    A History of Anime

    – A survey of the history of anime (Japanese animation) that will trace the historical antecedents of anime from the birth of cinema to today, with a focus on major artists, genres, and works of animation produced in Japan.
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Visual Interplay Between Japan and the World
    Japanese Studies
  • City College of San Francisco
    Manga and Anime
    Asian Studies
  • Dartmouth College
    Japanese Anime and the Idea of the Posthuman – Krieger’s Virtual Girlfriend
    Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages / Film Studies
  • Iowa State University
    Anime and Human/Animal Hybrids
    University Honors Program
  • Middlebury College
    Japanese Culture Through Anime (Japanese)
    “In this course we will explore contemporary Japanese culture through the lens of Anime Studies. We will employ historical, literary, linguistic, and anthropological perspectives, as well as interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches (Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Fan Studies). We will watch, read, and study both stand-alone anime movies, as well as selected episodes from anime series, to understand the cultural and historical contexts that generated these works and how they in turn shape national and international media culture.”
  • MIT
    Anime: Transnational Media and Culture
    Global Languages (First Year Discovery/Japanese)
  • St. Lawrence University
    Fantasy Religion
    Religious Studies
  • The University of Chicago
    God of Manga: Osamu Tezuka’s “Phoenix,” Buddhism, and Post-WWII Manga and Anime
  • The University of Kansas
    Manga: Histories and Theories
    Art History
  • University at Buffalo
    The Fantastical World of Japanese Anime
    Asian Studies
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Manga: The Art of Image and Word
    Japanese Arts and Aesthetics

    – This course offers an immersive exploration of manga (Japanese comics) and anime, delving into their significance within both Japanese and global contexts. Throughout this class, you will trace the evolution of these art forms and examine their relationship with Japan’s cultural heritage, while also observing their departures from traditional norms and how they represent the concept of “Otherness.” By collaborating with fellow classmates to collectively craft your own manga magazine, you will delve into the fundamental aspects of manga as an artistic medium and experience how manga and anime mutually influence and are influenced by individual and societal perceptions. This course will not only introduce you to the captivating realms of manga and anime but also prompt thoughtful exploration of their cultural, societal, and artistic dimensions and their profound impact on the broader global landscape.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Manga as a Japanese Art & Culture
  • Williams College
    A Global History of Manga and Anime
    Asian Studies / History
  • University of San Diego
    The World of Japanese Anime

    – This course serves as an introduction to Japanese animation. As the global popularity of Sailor Moon, Naruto, One Piece, Attack on Titan, and Studio Ghibli’s films testifies, anime has emerged as one of the most important and influential cultural forms in contemporary visual culture. Thus, we will explore critically acclaimed and representative anime in the specific context of historical, social, and cultural developments in the world today. As we closely analyze Japanese animated films with special emphasis on their distinctive characteristics, we will reflect on a wide range of issues and topics pertaining to our contemporary world and its future, such as globalization and cultural hybridity; nature, technology, and humanity; reality, cyberspace, and computer simulation; utopia and dystopia; national, racial, and gender identity, among others.
  • Wesleyan University
    Introduction to Japanese History: A Manga Artist’s Life in 20th-Century Japan

    – This course uses the four-volume autobiographical manga of Mizuki Shigeru (1922-2015) entitled “Showa: A History of Japan” both to survey most of 20th-century Japanese history and to introduce some basic concepts and methods of historical inquiry. Mizuki is most famous for manga that depict supernatural figures–yokai–based on Japanese folk tales. One, “GeGeGe no Kitaro,” became a wildly popular animated series (check it out on YouTube). We will use that four-volume series, together with various primary sources and other materials, to track the trajectory of 20th-century Japan from democracy to militarism back to democracy again in the lives of ordinary Japanese people.