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Comparative Literature, Languages, & Linguistics Career Potential

Each of the modern languages taught in the Department of Comparative Literature, Languages, & Linguistics is a major language, spoken by millions of speakers.  In fact, the languages taught in the department are spoken by a vast majority of the world’s population.  Achieving fluency in one of these languages is a highly-regarded professional asset. 

Many professions are already built on languages other than English.  This is true of law (Latin) and medicine (Latin and Greek). Examples of other industries where our alumni are applying their language studies include:

  • K-12 Education
  • Publishing
  • Translating and Interpretation
  • Healthcare
  • Journalism
  • International Business
  • Video Game Design; Technology

Positions our alumni hold:

  • Attorney
  • Educator/Lecturer
  • Research Assistant
  • Store Manager
  • Video Campaign Manager

Some of our alumni have worked overseas for American-based companies. Many of our graduates have pursued advanced studies in Classics, Japanese, Education, Law and Medicine at distinguished institutions like Yale University; Boston University; Columbia University; Emory School of Medicine; Florida International University; Hofstra University; Hunter College; Tulane University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Notre Dame; University of Pennsylvania School of Law; and Washington University in St. Louis.

Among 2014-2015 Hofstra graduates who majored in the humanities, 99% of the respondents report that within one year of graduation they were employed or attending/planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in the humanities and who reported salary, the average annual self-reported salary was $43,370.

Information on careers that may be of interest to Hofstra students with a major in the Department of Comparative Literature and Languages, such as  reporters, correspondents and news analysts; translators or interpreters; elementary, middle school and high school teachers; travel agents; and political scientists, is available in the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


*Outcomes are based on the 68% of 2014-2015 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population.  The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.  Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by HCLAS graduates and are based upon a 33% response rate.  Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us.  The economy is constantly changing, and employment for past classes is not an accurate predictor of employment for future classes. In addition, a degree from Hofstra or any other school is not a guarantee of employment in any field.
All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary and outcomes data reported for Hofstra graduates 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.

Hofstra Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Bilal Cheema ’11 and Amanda Jarvis ’12 are pursuing PhDs in the Classics at Boston University. They are salaried research assistants receiving tuition remission.

Mandie DeCamp ’08 is an associate producer at Rachael Ray.

Kimberly Ferg ’08 is currently finishing her master’s degree in Classics from Tulane University and working as a full-time teacher at Legacy Preparatory Junior High in Salt Lake City, where all the students are required to take Latin.

Natalie Hoeting ’12 is continuing her studies on scholarship at the Emory School of Medicine in Georgia.

Diana Honerkamp ’14, a graduate of the Asian Studies program, is living in Tokyo and teaching English in Yokohama.

Kathleen Hunker ’07 received a JD from Columbia Law School and an LLM from University College London, specializing in comparative constitutional law and human rights. She is a member of the New York State Bar and currently works as a policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Economic Freedom

Jody Kass ’13 is in graduate school at CUNY Hunter, pursuing an MAT in Latin Education on a partial scholarship.

Sean Kelly ’14 is in the MA in Classics program at the University of Notre Dame.

Patrick McDonald ’07 earned a J.D. at Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar and the Massachusetts Bar and now represents financial institutions in bankruptcy and litigation proceedings in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Chika Okuyama ’14, a dual major in Asian Studies and Film Studies and Production, received honorable mention in the Marleigh Grayer Ryan Writing Prize on Asian Studies. In the spring of 2014, her final semester, she presented a paper, “Francis Ford Coppola and Japanese Culture,” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies' second annual undergraduate conference at the University of Oklahoma. She was one of only 30 top film and media students nationwide whose papers were accepted for the conference.

Megan Plassman ’08 earned an MAT in Latin Education at CUNY Hunter and teaches Latin at Maspeth High School in Maspeth, Queens where all students are required to take Latin.

Danielle Rosen ’06, a dual major in Asian Studies and Philosophy with a minor in Japanese language, is a student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and their certificate program in Asian Studies.

Mary Ellen van Wie ’07 (now Mary Ellen LeBlanc) received a Fulbright grant to study in Bonn, Germany. Her topic of research was the effects of 20th century German history on medieval studies in that country as exemplified in the work of Ernst Robert Curtius and Erich Auerbach, two major figures in 20th-century literary criticism. She is now a student in the PhD program in German Studies at University of California-Berkeley.

Becky Wysocky ’08 is pursuing a PhD in the Classics at Boston University. She is a salaried research assistant receiving tuition remission.