UGA Specific Information for Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature differs from other literature concentrations largely through its international focus and broad view of culture. With such a broad focus, students majoring in comparative literature can use their degree in a variety of ways. Generally speaking, anyone who is professionally interested in the interpretation of the written or spoken word—whether lawyer, businessperson, writer or humanities professor—can profit from the theory and methods of comparative literature. Opportunities for graduates include education, foreignservice, and international business. This field provides students with sensitivity to international cultures and is particularly useful for careers in foreign-service and international trade. Careers in translating, editing, publishing, journalism, broadcasting, public relations, politics, writing, library work, and criticism are also possible career paths. 

Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Comparative Literature*

** Includes Self-Employed

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The study of comparative literature allows for the development of an analytical and multi culturally aware interdisciplinary understanding that permits students to succeed in virtually any profession. A sampling of representative skills and abilities follows.


  • Gathering information
  • Using original sources
  • Applying theoretical approaches to problems
  • Establishing hypotheses
  • Defining problems
  • Summarizing and presenting information
  • Evaluating results

Critical Thinking

  • Approaching problems from diverse perspectives
  • Avoiding simplistic conclusions
  • Perceiving patterns and structures
  • Reading critically
  • Thinking independently


  • Writing effectively
  • Reading critically
  • Conveying complex information
  • Speaking to groups
  • Presenting research findings
  • Creating persuasive messages
  • Using precise language
  • Assessing an audience

Human Relations

  • Understanding human relationships
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the origins of western culture
  • Appreciation of human history and development
  • Identifying cultural/social considerations
  • Comparing cultures


  • Publishing (e.g., Teacher Magazine, Oxford University Press)
  • Advertising (e.g., Redman Communications, TBWA/Chiat Day)
  • Marketing (e.g., Leo Burnett USA, McCann Erickson, Saatchi & Saatchi)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (e.g., the World Bank)
  • Embassies
  • Government (e.g., the State Department)
  • Education (e.g., Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, Learning First Alliance, READ Foundation)
  • Entertainment (e.g., National Public Radio, DC101 Radio Station, Appel Farm Arts and Music Center)
  • U.S. Congress

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Professional Associations/Resources

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Envirorisk Consultants Staff Scientist
Last Resort Grill Assistant Wine Director
MKTG On-Site Manager
Northside Hospital Gwinnett Scribe Medical Assistant
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*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.


Graduate School Program(s)
University of Georgia Comparative Literature, MA
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