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Summer 2018

All courses on this list are open to Alumni. Community members are eligible to take the courses listed below that are offered on the campus nearest to them. For information about eligibility, please visit our Community Audit page.

The following is a guide to Tufts University Summer Session undergraduate and graduate course numbers:

  • 0001 - 0099: undergraduate credit only
  • 0100 - 0199: undergraduate or graduate
  • 0200 & Up: strictly graduate


  • Some course descriptions contain Tufts University information pertaining to fall and spring offerings of the same course. Where possible, summer specific information has been provided.
  • Pre-requisite and prior study/learning recommendations are indicated in course descriptions. Students who do not attend Tufts in the fall or spring terms should pay attention to these indications when making course selections. If you have questions, contact the instructor or sponsoring department.

This schedule is subject to change.

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Title:   Comics & Graphic Novels      

Course Number:      EXP 0024B
Campus: Medford/Somer.   
Room: TBA

Course Description:

In this course, we'll explore comics from the bottom up, discovering how comics work by discussing established cartoonists' strips and then drawing our own comics. After learning about the form of comics through single-panel cartoon and style exercises, we'll transition into thinking about content by addressing the genre of many famous graphic novels: autobiography. Why do authors like Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) or Art Spiegelman (Maus), use comics to tell their stories? We'll begin to formulate an answer to that question by drawing diary strips and writing about graphic novels. In the final section of this course, we'll turn to distribution and collaboration, exploring the comics community in Boston and beyond. Students will gain a fresh perspective on comics, whether you're an avid graphic novel reader or an incurable doodler. No artistic talent or experience is necessary; all you need is, as the Center for Cartoon Studies puts it, "a fearless commitment to putting images on paper" and a dogged determination to figure out how comics work. To the drawing board!

Instructor: Anna Christine

Offered in: Second session
Class Dates: Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018 to Friday, Aug 10, 2018
Day(s): TTh           Times: 6:00-9:30 PM                     
Status: Open


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