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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Careers in Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature allows a student to follow a program of study which has a great deal of freedom and can be greatly shaped by the student’s own interests in multiple languages, literatures, and cultures.

What can I do with a degree in Comparative Literature?

  • Graduates can put their well-honed writing skills to work in the competitive fields of journalism and publishing.
  • Substantial training in languages will equip graduates with skills to work in the field of translation.
  • Training in and exposure to multiple literary and cultural traditions will enable graduates to work for non-profit or other organizations that emphasize cross-cultural or multi-cultural preparedness.
  • Majors in Comparative Literature usually experience no difficulty in preparing themselves for graduate study in Law, Business, Librarianship, and other professional curricula.
  • Comparative Literature majors are also well prepared for graduate study and research in both Comparative Literature and the literatures in which they have specialized, and may eventually pursue a career in education or scholarly research.