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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 2016-2017 Hofstra graduates who majored in the arts and humanities, 99 percent 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.

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

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:

  • ACLD
  • Bellmore School District
  • Chalker Beach Improvement Association
  • Compass Group Inc
  • Dawn Pipek Guidone & Associates
  • East Meadow School District
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Jones Beach EMS
  • Khanin Dental
  • Multilingual Word
  • North Shore Medical Center
  • NYC Teaching Fellows
  • PG Genatt
  • Professional Educational Services Group, LLC
  • Success Academy Charter School
  • Teach for America
  • U.S. Army
  • Utopiat
  • Worldlink Ventures, Inc.

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, published by the US 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.