What careers do Comparative Literature majors have?
Majors in Comparative Literature are not engaged in an isolated or esoteric activity, but participate in an interdisciplinary program that studies how literature interacts across linguistic and regional boundaries with the economy, political dynamics, cultural movements, historical shifts, religious differences, the urban environment, international relations, public policy, or multiple sciences. Students learn useful research methodologies while reading literature in the original languages and in translation. The skills that students develop in critical analysis, writing, research, languages, cross-cultural communication, and international understanding are attractive to a wide variety of employers.
A recent study of 525 Comparative Literature graduates from Princeton found that about 30 percent are in business or finance, 27 percent are professors, 12 percent are writers or editors, 11 percent are lawyers, 6 percent are doctors, 5 percent are teachers, and 4 percent are artists, poets, or actors.