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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Comparative Literature



Comparative Literature is an interdisciplinary program that studies literature as it shapes and is shaped by the world of science, economics, politics, and other cultural and historical forces. It focuses on literature across national and cultural boundaries in an effort to learn about its nature, function, and value. Students will also explore theory and cultural studies, as well as read literature in original languages and in translation.

Comparative Literature is versatile and helps develop skills useful anywhere. Graduates may go on to study literature in graduate school, or, because of their training in research, critical thinking, and writing, are also prepared for law school and other professional schools. Additionally, many careers do not require a specific major, but are chosen on the basis of personal interests, skills, preferences, and ambitions. Thus graduates can also pursue careers in business, government, education, and the Nonprofit sector. Regardless of your career plans, it is important to develop your marketability through internships, responsible work experience, good grades, and participation in campus activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Administrative Assistant Historical Society Specialist Politician
Advertising Account Exec. Human Resources Specialist Production Assistant
Campaign Manager Journalist Public Relations Assistant
Communications Specialist Lawyer Publicity Assistant
Community Relations Specialist Legislative Assistant Research Asst.
Copy Writer Librarian Researcher
Corporate Trainer Lobbyist Sales Representative
Critic Management Trainee Special Events Coordinator
Customer Service Rep Media Buyer Teacher/Professor
Editor/Writer Museum Curator Volunteer Coordinator
Editorial Assistant Nonprofit Administrator .
Educational Director Personnel Trainee .

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Banks Insurance Companies Public Relations Firms
Book/Magazine Publishers Investment Firms Research Firms
Community Arts Centers Market research firms Retail Stores
Educational Institutions Media (Radio, TV) Telecommunications Firms
Foundations Museums Theaters
Healthcare Facilities Newspapers/Magazines .
Hospitality Organizations Polictical Organizations .


Government Agencies
Civil Rights Commission Legislative Affairs Small Business Administration
Consumer Affairs Office National Endowment for the Humanities Travel and Tourism Dept.
Cultural Affairs Agencies National Institutes of Health .
Division of Youth & Family Services Peace Corps/AmeriCorps .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Comparative Literature
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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Comparative Literature
Law Clerk Account Executive

Barclays Bank Administrative Assistant

Georgetown Univ. Hosp. Admissions Patient Financial Assoc.

University of Arkansas (PhD) Assistant Professor

Columbia Univ. (MA) Assoc. Director

Baker & Friedman (JD) Attorney

Humanities Institute, Univ. at Stony Brook (PhD) Director

The Tech Law Advisor Newsletter Editor

American Express Co. Freelance Worker

Bates College Library (MLS) Humanities Reference Librarian

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
University of Texas at Austin PhD Comparative Literature - Spanish & Portuguese

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