Careers & Outcomes

Careers after Comparative Literature 

Comparative Literature and Comparative Arts majors find internships and jobs--in the United States and abroad--where they do research, write and edit, or teach, while gaining experience and learning about fields as diverse as the environment and the arts and entertainment industries.

Majors in Comparative Literature can enter degree programs in professional fields including Journalism, Law, Librarianship, and Business. Majors can study Education, to become certified to teach literature or languages in a high school. Or they can pursue a graduate degree in Comparative Literature or a national literature in preparation for a career in teaching and research at a college or university.

Where our alumni are working

With 94% of reporting graduates secured opportunities within 6 months of graduation, WashU CompLit majors have gone on to graduate studies, internships, academia, and have been employed in fields such as education, advertising and media, marketing, research, and journalism.  Here are just a few of the top destinations for WashU CompLit major graduates.

Post-Grad Employers: 

  • athenahealth
  • Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute
  • Epic
  • French Government
  • Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
  • Gemdale Group
  • Giorgio Armani Corporation
  • John Wiley and Sons
  • Match Education
  • Overlook Press
  • The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
  • US Dept of Defense


  • Converse
  • Dollars & Sense Magazine
  • DREAM Project
  • Fidelity Investments
  • GCAM
  • Georgio Armani Corporation
  • Literacy Volunteers of America
  • Mission City Community Network
  • National Geographic Society
  • NOW: National Organization for Women
  • Rob Voeman Studio
  • St. Louis Crisis Nursery
  • The Berman Group
  • Viget Labs
  • Washington University in St. Louis


Studying Comparative Literature taught me to place any translation, work of literature or artwork into the context in which it was created. I learned that creation cannot exist in a vacuum; social, historical, political, geographic and cultural context is key. This perspective, learned from a nontraditional academic path, can make me a more thoughtful, empathetic and ethical designer.

―Tori SgarroCompLit, class of 2015