Comparative Literature and Languages

Comparative Literature, Languages, and 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 the 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:

  • College of William & Mary
  • Columbia University
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • East China Normal University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kent, Canterbury
  • University Of Vermont
  • University of Washington

Among 2016-2017 Hofstra graduates who majored in the arts and humanities, 99% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in the arts and humanities and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $36,000.

Information on careers that may be of interest to Hofstra students with a major in the Department of Comparative Literature and Languages, such as those in journalism, interpreting, government, art, or pursue graduate education in business, law or education, is available in the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of the 1,453 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2016 and May 2017, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 61% of the 16-17 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and based upon a 32% response rate for undergraduate students. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety

Hofstra Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Andrew Garrett, 2017, began a Master’s Program in Developmental Economics at the University of Sussex. Andrew was a dual degree student at Hofstra. He was a double major (B.A.) in Japanese and Political Science, and a B.S. major in Mathematical Business Economics. Andrew also had minors in Asian Studies and International Affairs and was a receipient (2016) of a Critical Language Scholarship to study Japanese in Japan.

Naomi Gunkel, 2015J, A double major in Asian Studies and English (with a concentration in Publishing Studies and Literature) and a minor in Japanese, began attending Drexel University for a Master’s in Library Science.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.