Career Profiles: Comparative World Literature & Classics

CSULB Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics

Comparative world literature and classics is the study of literature without regard to national boundaries. It is the study of foreign literatures in translation and the relationships between those literatures and between literature and other fields such as art, music, history, and theatre. Comparative world literature includes literary works from many countries and cultures. Students of comparative world literature and classics learn and enhance the skills of literary analysis, writing and analytical reasoning. Students gain an appreciation of cross-cultural relationships on language and literature. Most comparative world literature and classics majors learn at least one foreign language. Careers for comparative world literature and classics majors are varied. Students develop a broad range of skills which include strong critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills that enhances one's employability. In addition, graduate and professional schools value the education received in comparative world literature and classics.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Anthropologist
  • Archival Worker
  • Claim Adjuster
  • Copywriter
  • Creative/Media Writer
  • Editor
  • English Teacher
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign language and literature Teacher
  • History Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Literary Agent
  • Literary Critic
  • Market Researcher
  • Management Trainee
  • Public Relations Worker
  • Researcher
  • Technical Writer
  • Writer/Editor

Where Employed:

  • Advertising/public relations firms
  • Art Galleries
  • Banks
  • Colleges and universities
  • Consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Libraries
  • Market research firms
  • Museums
  • Publishing industry
  • Radio/TV industry
  • Social services agencies
  • Travel industry

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