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Romance Languages and Literatures

Romance Languages & Literatures Career Potential

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 US. These skills are valuable for careers in a wide range of businesses, government and not-for-profit jobs.

Among 2015-2016 Hofstra graduates, 100 percent of survey respondents who majored in Spanish and 99 percent who majored in Italian 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 $38,000.

Examples of some of the distinguished institutions where recent alumni are pursuing graduate studies in French, Italian, Spanish, Linguistics, Education, Law or Business are University of Colorado, Denver, Hofstra University, CUNY Queens College, and Stony Brook University.

Examples of Industries Where Our Alumni are Currently Working:

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Education (public and private schools)
  • Law
  • Federal and state government
  • Publishing
  • Technology

Examples of Companies Where Recent Graduates are Working:

  • Multilingual Word, Inc.
  • Teach for America
  • Success Academy Charter Schools
  • WSAN Radio (PA)
  • Kellenberg Memorial High School (NY)
  • Dawn Pipek Guidone & Associates
  • East Meadow School District
  • Professional Educational Services Group, LLC
  • U.S. Army

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

Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 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.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. 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.