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What can I do with my degree in Comparative Literature?

Skills gained


Comparative Literature graduates develop a wide range of skills that are valuable to graduate employers including: how to argue a point, how to think independently, to summarise and précis, to write and speak well, to write reports, to present information effectively and to work as part of a team. Understanding and analysis of writing is of key importance to graduates of Comparative Literature and can be applied in many other fields of work. Make sure you get most of these into your CV!

A graduate in Comparative Literature typically will have the ability to:

  • read and use texts and other source materials critically and empathetically
  • recognise there are ways of testing statements and that there are rules of evidence which require integrity and maturity
  • reflect critically on the nature and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline
  • marshall an argument, be self-disciplined and independent intellectually
  • analyse and solve problems
  • use effectively ICT, information retrieval and presentation skills
  • exercise self-discipline, self-direction and initiative
  • work with others and have respect for others’ reasoned views
  • work collaboratively and participate effectively in group discussions
  • show empathy and imaginative insight.

Student Employability Profiles 
Studying Comparative Literature therefore develops a wide range of transferable skills, which are important in many career fields. Understanding and analysis of issues can be applied in many other fields of work. Other skill areas that can be developed through studying Comparative Literature include:

This is not an exhaustive list of skills - you will develop many skills from your course, extra-curricular activities and work experience. You can find out more about the skills employers look for and how you can develop them here.


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Last Updated: 10/09/2019