Careers in Comparative Literature

The Comparative Literature Program at UB provides graduates with a number of skills and abilities that make them ideal candidates to enter the work force. To this end, the program has an outstanding history of both academic placements as well as non-academic careers across a variety of fields.

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Academic Placements

Graduates of the UB Comparative Literature Program have gone on to hold post-doctoral, non-tenure track and tenure-track positions at the following institutions.

  • Autobine University
  • Bryant & Stratton College
  • Changwon National University, Korea
  • Daemen College 
  • Elon University
  • George Mason University
  • Hankook University of Foreign Studies, Korea
  • Iowa State University 
  • Keystone College
  • Missouri Southern State University
  • Penn State University
  • Seinan Gakuin University, Japan 
  • St. Paul's College
  • Texas A&M University
  • University College Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Illinois at Springfield 
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Vienna, Austria 
  • Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Waseda University, Japan
  • Birmingham-Southern College
  • Buffalo State College
  • City University of New York
  • Duke University  
  • Europe University Viadrina, Germany
  • Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins School of Education 
  • Lake Head University, Canada
  • Ohio State University
  • Potsdam University, Germany
  • Southeastern Louisiana University 
  • Tarleton State University
  • The University of Kansas
  • University of California/Berkeley
  • University of Kansas-Lawrence 
  • University of Monte Vallo
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Southern Maine
  • University of Warsaw, Poland 
  • Valdosta State University
  • Webster Vienna Private University, Austria
  • Yale University
  • Boğaziçi University, Turkey
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Creighton University
  • East Carolina University 
  • Furman University
  • Goucher College
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Karlsruhe University of Education, Germany 
  • Michigan State University
  • Pace University
  • Samford University
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland 
  • Temple University
  • Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
  • University of Houston -Downtown
  • University of Maryland 
  • University of New Mexico- Valencia
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Wisconsin- Madison 
  • Wakeforest University
  • Wilkes College

Non-Academic Careers

Graduates of the UB Comparative Literature Program have found gainful employment in a wide range of non-academic fields including positions such as:

  • Attorney Advisor for Customs and Border Protection
  • Juridical Law Clerk
  • Librarian
  • Professional Writer
  • Research and Evaluation Coordinator
  • Business Executive
  • Legal Research and Writing Attorney for the Federal Public Defenders
  • Published Poet
  • Research and Evaluation Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Professional Photographer
  • Researcher/Research Assistant
  • Research Fellow 

Other Professions and Fields

Other professions and fields that the Comparative Literature Program prepares students to enter include, but are not limited to:

  • Advertising account executive
  • Community organizer
  • Government relations associate
  • Investment analyst
  • Legislative assistant
  • Medical School
  • Public relations associate
  • Screenwriter 
  • Affirmative action officer
  • Editing assistant
  • Human resources specialist
  • Journalist/TV reporter
  • Marketing account executive
  • Policy analyst
  • Publisher/Editor
  • Student services administrator
  • Writer’s agent
  • Caseworker
  • Fine artist
  • Internet specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Mediator
  • Psychologist
  • Radio producer
  • Theatrical actor/Manager 


Consider the following links for additional information on opportunities for graduates:

American Comparative Literature Association:

American Society of Journalists and Authors:

Association of Departments and Programs of Comparative Literature:

Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers:

Canadian Association for Translation Studies:

Canadian Comparative Literature Association:

International Comparative Literature Association:

Midwest Modern Language Association:

Modern Language Association:

Northeast Modern Language Association:

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association: 

Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association:

South Atlantic Modern Language Association:

South Central Modern Language Association: