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I'm pretty sure that there are a lot more schools than the ones listed at the link below using comics in a meaningful way in their curricula (Stanford and NYU come to mind, for example), but this is a nice conversation starter.

Anyone want to expand the list? Is your college or university using comics in an interesting way?
These colleges are using comic books for learning in some very interesting ways, and we're inspired by their ingenuity.
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We read few chapters of your book in one of my classes at St. John's University.... if that counts. :)
At Southern Illinois University, Dr. Edward Brunner taught a graduate level comic course, and taught several undergraduate courses, including a comic survey and an honors course looking at vigilantes.
Gosh, I don't think so, tho I do think Understanding Comics & Maus were assigned in some classes. I first read it by checking it out at my college's library, but I don't think that's what you meant. Maybe it's more now. I went to school 13 years ago.
I go to Temple University and currently take a graphic novel class. We read your entire book before we started anything!
At Hampshire College, Michele Hardesty taught Atrocity and War in the Graphic Novel, which we started with reading Understanding Comics, and continued with reading Barefoot Gen (Vol. 1), Persepolis, Maus I and II, Nat Turner, Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco, and The 9/11 Report by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon. The course looked at the ways writers/artists use the medium to depict traumatic events, in the form of journalism, autobiography, dramatization, and anything in between.
There aren't too many math comic books I can use (please let me know if I'm just missing them), but the idea of sequential story telling is important to me. We have students write memoir style answers to problems explaining their thinking, but with all symbol and diagram use - I think comics are not far off.

I frequently use single panel comics on assignments; they help as humor with the tone, but also highlight the idea of noticing (in this case what's funny or unusual) and connections (what does this have to do with the assignment.) Or make my own to make a point. (
I am teaching a comics seminar now at Winthrop University. I know colleagues have used comics in literature and biology classes.
I teach young adults with learning disabilities, using comic drawing to explore social understanding and communication.
At Bowling Green State University, there are a few courses in the Popular Culture and Cultural Studies curricula that focus on comics/cartoons history and their role in culture. There is also an Art course (or at least there used to be) on Narrative Drawing, which is very open to comics but doesn't necessitate them. There is, however, an entire floor of the library that specifically has comics and only comics.
I teach a pop-lit course at Ryerson University (in Canada); we do Watchmen and Persepolis, and I begin the comics unit with a lecture that is heavily influenced by Understanding Comics. I know that other profs teaching the same course (and several other Ryerson courses) have used all three of these comics, as well as Maus, The Dark Knight Returns, The Long Halloween, and others.
Unfortunately in Greece, it's far too radical even to propose something resembling what you write. The Athens Technical School for Graphic Design & Arts (not the highest level School of the Arts) is tied in a bureaucratic perception of making curricula.
University of Tulsa actually uses your "Understanding Comics" trade as a textbook.
Another Temple University gal here. I took many courses in different subjects that used comics in their curriculum.
I teach an art history course on comics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Last year the class read Understanding Comics, Asterios Polyp, Wilson, and Jimmy Corrigan. We also started a partnership with the Small Press Expo last year, bringing artists to campus to talk with undergrads.
Here at Southern Utah University me and a few other professors have started to use them extensively. I teach a sophomore level class on writing about comics and graphic novels where we use your book, Batman: The Long Halloween, and Blankets by Thompson. There is also an upper division English class called Visual Narratives that rotates through a large number of graphic novels. One of our literature professors teaches an imaginative lit class on the superhero, and one of our anthropology professors has started teaching a course centered around Y: The Last Man and The Walking Dead to discuss societal norms and abnormalities. It has actually become quite uncommon here for a student to graduate without having interacted with at least one comic or graphic novel.
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At the University of North Texas "Understanding Comics" was one of the books for my History of Graphic Design class.
I can't remember who it was, but someone in my circles was talking about using comics in his class.
At Penn State University Park (Main Campus), i have had the pleasure of taking two courses devoted to comics, both taught by the same professor, Dr. Scott Smith. The first class was a freshman seminar in 2008, and we covered (please forgive the lack of italics) Understanding Comics, Maus, Persepolis, Pride of Baghdad, Blankets, Black Hole, Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth, American Born Chinese, and Fun Home. This year, the Dr. Smith is teaching World Graphic Novels, which tries to circumvent some of the usual suspects that other classes might read, and covers graphic novels from around the world. We're using Understanding Comics as a framework again, and moving into It's a Bird, All-Star Superman, V for Vendetta, Safe Area Gorazde, Chicken With Plums, Notes for a War Story, What I Did, Buddha (vol 1), Barefoot Gen (vol 1), Akira (vol 1), and Ooku: The Inner Chambers (vol 1), along with several short comics for comparison / talking points.

I've had a great environment for studying comics, but even more surprising is the amount of graphic novels I see scattered around bookstore shelves for other classes. I routinely see copies of Maus, Watchmen, Superman: Earth One, and other comics sitting on racks for classes like Freshman Composition, What is Literature?, and Literature and Theory. I am even happier to note that I have yet to run into a professor who frowns upon using comics for papers if we're allowed to use texts from outside of the class. Most professors are open minded and don't buy in to the comics stigma. Penn State also houses a large collection of work from Lynd Ward, and issues an annual Graphic Novel Prize in his name for an outstanding graphic novel written by a living American resident published in the previous calendar year.

(EDIT: I totally missed that PSU was featured in the article above. Still, my argument stands. The more you know!)
Back when I was a young-un, we didn't need none of these fancy schmancy graphic novel learnin' classes. We read comic books by a single light bulb in our parents' basements, and we liked it.

(okay, maybe I'm moderately jealous)
Virginia Tech has a very controversial Geography instructor who produced his own comic, starring his character The Plaid Avenger, as a textbook for his class. But, we also have several grad students in Rhetoric and Writing (myself included) doing work on comics and composition.
There's no dedicated major or concentration for comics at Lafayette College, but there are a number of professors that have promoted them, and a few years back the entire Freshman class was required to read Spiegelman's In The Shadow Of No Towers. I know a lot of the English professors teach at least one graphic novel in their composition courses as well.
We read Understanding Comics in one of my courses at RIT.
I'm a grad student in creative writing at Florida State, and I'm writing a graphic novel as my dissertation. I regularly assign Persepolis to my creative nonfiction students, and I always give them the option of writing graphic essays.
Understanding Comics was introduced to me by friends taking a comics/graphic novel course at Brown.
Thanks for all the responses, Everybody! Just 10 years ago, I'm sure the responses would've been quite a bit more sparse.
I haven't heard of any school using comics as a learning tool here in Brazil. Even sadder, one school has banned Will Eisner's Contract with God from its library because it pictures scenes of a pedophile (!) and a lot of family rows.
Please take this info with a pinch of salt, as I do not want to make it look like a general rule of Brazilian schools (though It's rather depressing anyway).
in my colllege ( Universidad San Francisco de Quito) downhere in Quito Ecuador we read your book in a course call comics and sequential art
Classes at Columbia College Chicago use comics to explain concepts in illustration, film, installation art, and even performance (my Media Performance class looked at Understanding Comics). The school's Book and Paper Center sponsors a lot of events, specifically the new Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE, at:

It's all quite swell.
I graduated with a degree in Global Communications from Roger Williams University where I often encountered comics in class. They are perfect tools for classes I took such as the art of story telling, visual communications, and graphic design. We even read comics in some of my political science classes to gain a cultural perspective.
I had a couple classes that made good use of the medium. Writing Political Humor included political cartoons and we also had Creating a Graphic Novel, which included reading one of your books, naturally. I'd love to see it applied more broadly as well.
Professor Donald Ault teaches multiple undergraduate and graduate courses (even a Visual Rhetoric curriculum!) in comics.

This guy is the man, and has been teaching comic books since the 70s at Berkley.
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