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Employment Information

Comparative Literature differs from other literature concentrations largely through its international focus and broad view of culture. With such a broad focus, students majoring in comparative literature can use their degree in a variety of ways. Generally speaking, anyone who is professionally interested in the interpretation of the written or spoken word — whether lawyer, businessperson, writer or humanities professor — can profit from the theory and methods of comparative literature. Opportunities for graduates include education, foreign-service, and international business. This field provides students with sensitivity to international cultures and is particularly useful for careers in foreign service and international trade. Careers in translating, editing, publishing, journalism, broadcasting, public relations, politics, writing, library work, and criticism are also possible career paths.

Possible Careers
  • Analyst
  • Associate Managing Editor
  • Border Patrol /Customs Officer
  • Case Manager
  • Civil Service Worker
  • Communications Specialist
  • Congressional Aide Consumer Affairs
  • Copy Editor/Writer
  • Court Reporter
  • Creative Director
  • Cultural Officer
  • Defense Language Institute
  • Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Editor
  • ESL Instructor
  • Executive Assistant
  • FBI Agent
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Geographic Researcher
  • Historian
  • Hotel Manager
  • Independent Distributor
  • International Consulting
  • International Coordinator
  • International Development Officer
  • Interpreter / Translator
  • Language Librarian
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Lexicographer
  • Linguist
  • Literary Agent
  • Management and Program Analyst
  • Manager Trainee
  • Marketing Assistant/Proposal Writer
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Press Officer
  • Program Specialist
  • Teacher/Co Grade Level Chair/Coach
Possible Employers
  • Bauer Publishing
  • Berlitz
  • BI Incorporated
  • Bunim Murray Productions
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Consulting Agencies
  • Developmental Learning Centers
  • Educational Institutions
  • Embassies
  • Government Agencies
  • Hertz
  • Immigration Services
  • Import / Export Companies
  • International Banking/Business
  • International Non-Profits
  • Ken David & Associates, LLP
  • Ketchum International
  • Language institutes
  • Library of Congress
  • Literary Periodicals
  • LOMA
  • Maritz Internet Travel
  • National Archives
  • News Bureaus
  • Peace Corps
  • Political Action Groups
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Publishing Companies
  • Smarter Living Inc.
  • The Agents' Marketing Group
  • The Beck Group
  • Unisys Corporation
  • US Department of the Treasury
  • Vermont Counsel on the Humanities
  • W.W. Norton & Company
  • YES Prep Public Sc

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