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Comparative Cultures & Literary Studies

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Overview of major
Potential job titles 
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Comparative Cultures & Literary Studies majors  

Overview of major

The Comparative Cultures & Literary Studies program examines culture and literature across linguistic, national and cultural boundaries. With a strong foreign language component, it traditionally appeals to students who love language and culture, and want to be active and marketable in a global world.

Resources

Potential job titles

  • Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Agent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Arbitrator
  • Foreign Language Translator
  • Book Editor
  • Historical Archivist
  • Business Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Conciliator & Mediator
  • Interpreter
  • Criminal Investigator
  • School Guidance Counselor
  • Export Agent
  • Missionary Worker

Examples of internships

  • Arc of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Baltimore & Howard County Public Schools
  • Villa Maria
  • Health and Human Services
  • Agora Publishing
  • Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • John’s Hopkins Medical International
  • Conde Nast Publications
  • World Trade Center Institute
  • GMBC
  • Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs
  • Hispanic Apostolate
  • Beans and Bread Outreach Center
  • Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Office of Communications

Possible career fields

Government

  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Journalism/Broadcasting
  • Linguistics
  • Diplomacy
  • Civil service
  • Foreign service
  • Customs
  • Immigration/Naturalization
  • Intelligence/Law enforcement

Arts, media, entertainment

  • Advertising
  • Publishing/Editing
  • Public relations
  • Journalism/Broadcasting

Industry & commerce

  • Banking/Finance
  • Sales
  • Customer service
  • Manufacturing
  • Research
  • Operations management
  • Consulting
  • Imports/Exports
  • Engineering/Technical
  • Administrative services

Interpretation/Translation 

Travel & tourism

  • Airline services
  • Management
  • Booking & reservations
  • Travel service/Guidance

Service & education

  • Educational administration
  • Social & mission work
  • Library science
  • Health services
  • Civil service
  • Linguistics
  • Teaching

Possible work settings

  • Federal government
  • Overseas aid agencies
  • Customs service
  • Armed forces
  • Museums
  • Foreign new agencies
  • TV/Radio stations
  • Publishers
  • Banks
  • Import/Export companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Travel agencies
  • Hotels & restaurants
  • Convention centers
  • Tour companies
  • Educational services
  • Courts
  • Hospitals
  • Religious & social service agencies
  • Law enforcement agencies

Important skills and abilities

  • Communication
  • Active listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Instructing
  • Learning strategies
  • Persuasion
  • Reading comprehension
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Writing
  • Research

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors (FL Category)
  • Career for Foreign Language Aficionados (FL Category)
  • Opportunities in Foreign Language Careers (CP Section)
  • Opportunities in Travel Careers (FD/TRV Section)
  • Careers for Travel Buffs and Other Restless Types (FD/TRV Section)
  • Working Abroad (INT Section)
  • International Jobs (INT Section)
  • Teaching English Abroad (INT Section)
  • Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by Comparative Cultures & Literary Studies majors

  • MA, Latin American Studies
  • PhD, Spanish Literature
  • Master of Social Work
  • MS, Psychology
  • MA, Early Childhood Education
  • MS, International Relations
  • MEd, School Counseling
  • PhD, Sociology
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • MA, Teacher Leadership & ESOL

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