What Can I Do With a Major In Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature?

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Dept. of Cultural Studies &
Comparative Literature

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Explore this Major

Learn about a major in cultural studies and comparative literatureAll liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and cultural studies & comparative literature majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include strong critical thinking skills within a cultural context, engaging diversity, as well as oral and written communication.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "AIS" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

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Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Communications & Media

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Editorial Intern, Free Spirit Publishing Inc.
  • Community Productions Intern, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network
  • Editorial Intern, Experience Life Magazine
  • Staff Writer, The Black Sheep

Entry-Level

  • Executive Editor, St. Thomas Intercultural Human Rights Law Review
  • Editor, Jagged Edge
  • Author/Editor-Ster, Literacy Enterprises

Experienced

  • Communications and Events Manager, Arts for LA
  • Editor, Splice Here
Arts

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Development Intern, Park Square Theatre
  • Communication & Design Intern, Transition Town Hall - All St. Anthony Park
  • Communications and Cultural Project Intern, Irish in Britain
  • Operations Intern, Frogtown Farm

Entry-Level

  • Producer, CKS Group

Experienced

  • Senior Producer, Funny Garbage
  • Morning Host, KZNR:FM
  • Internet Content Producer/Morning Show Host, KQRS-FM: Citadel Broadcasting
  • Theater Warehouse Manager, KBR
  • Freelance Video Editor
Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Recruiter, New York Life Insurance Company
  • Human Resources Manager, Dashe and Thomson
  • Professional Healthcare Representative, Pfizer
  • National Accounts Manager,  Evenium Inc.
  • Inside Sales Representative, Glass Door
  • Regional Manager, AEKus Properties Inc.
  • Associate Development Officer, UMN Foundation
  • Human Resources Generalist, UMN
  • Marketing Coordinator, Ellerbe Becket
  • Senior Bilingual Registered Representative, Aetna/ING Financial Services
  • Director of Franchising, GNC

Experienced

  • Assistant Manager, Untiedt's Garden Market
  • Assistant Project Manager, Kellison Company
  • Human Resources Manager, Bluefly*
  • Managing Director of Field Operation, ASAFO Global Medical Trust*
  • District Multi-State Manager/Independent Business Consultant, JoAnn Stores
  • Sales Executive, Spectrus Real Estate Group
  • Regional Team Leader, Whole Foods Market
  • Diversity and Inclusion Manager, 3M*
  • Senior Consultant, Bridgehead International Ltd*
  • Recruitment Manager, Robert Half Technology
  • Human Resources Manager, Steven Alan*
  • Project Manager, McCann Erickson
  • Assistant Vice President, Merrill Lynch*
Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Intern, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
  • Legal Services Intern, Tubman
  • Social Media & Recruitment Intern, Fund for Public Interest

Entry-Level

  • Law Clerk, Becker & Polikoff
  • Field Organizer, Betsy Hodges for Mayor
  • Automated Logistical Specialist, US Army
  • Small Business Development Volunteer/Project Manager, U.S. Peace Corps

Experienced

  • India Program Director, Lifeworks International

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.