The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers broad and focused instruction in writing, critical thinking and research. The department helps students develop an understanding and appreciation for cultures outside the U.S. These skills are valuable for careers in a wide range of businesses, government and not-for-profit jobs. Of those 2011-12 graduates who responded to a survey, 92 percent who earned a degree in the humanities reported being employed or pursuing graduate studies. They reported an average annual salary of $36,973.
Graduates of the class of 2012 reported getting the following positions with these organizations or companies within six months of graduation:
- New York State Department of Education
- Diocese of Rockville Centre
- Greenhalge School (Massachusetts)
Examples of Industries Where Our Alumni are Currently Working
- Education (public and private schools)
- Federal and state government
Additionally, many of our alumni have earned graduate degrees in French, Italian, Spanish, Linguistics, Education, or pursued degrees in Law or an M.B.A.
To help prepare students for these many roles, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures supports numerous activities. Those interested in graduate study may choose to write an Honors research essay. The Department sponsors events in which professionals and graduates discuss career opportunities and network with students.
Information on various careers that may be of interest to Hofstra students with a major in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, such as Translators or Interpreters; Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers; Reporters, Correspondents and News Analysts; Travel Agents; Political Scientists; Travel Guides; and jobs in international preparation, is available in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
*All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary and placement data reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University wide, school, division or department) To see the alumni outcome reports in its entirety, and all available data, go to the institutional research page.