English and Comparative Literature
So I'm an English/Comparative Literature Major, Now What?
A degree in English and Comparative Literature prepares students for career paths in education, technical writing, law, creative writing, journalism, publishing, public relations, advertising, and much more!
For additional information regarding degree programs within the Department of English and Comparative Literature please visit the university website.
Where Do My People Work?
Common Career Tracks
- According to LinkedIn, SJSU English/comparative literature majors commonly work in education, media and communications, and community and social services. Common employers include East Side Union High School District, Cisco, and Apple.
- Learn about the different career tracks on What Can I Do With My Major?
- Learn about How to Be a Freelance Blogger and look through 75 blogs that pay well.
- Research job titles at O*Net - Career Information Database.
- Research job statistics at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Interested in graduate school? View Payscale's Lifetime Earnings to see how years of experience vs. degree level influence average lifetime earnings.
- View the U.S. Census Bureau's Pathway After a Bachelor's Degree, which include common occupations and work-life earnings by degree level.
Where Do I Look for Opportunities?
Job, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities
Check SJSU Handshake, SJSU's job and internship database exclusively for students.
General Job/Internship Boards
How Can I Get Involved?
- American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers
- National Council for Teachers of English
- Modern Language Association
- American Society of Newspaper Editors
- Magazine Publishers of America
- National Newspaper Publishers Association
- Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network
- Association of Writers and Writing Programs
- Investigative Reporters and Editors
- American Society of Magazine Editors
- Association of American Publishers
- National Writers Union
- International Association for Business Communicators
How Can I Increase My Chances of Succeeding?
Job Search Tips
- Write a blog and host it on a free site such as Wordpress, Weebly, or Blogger.
- Showcase your work on a free online portfolio such as Portfolium.
- Research company reviews, salaries, interviews, & benefits on Glassdoor.
- Use the English Resume Sample as a guide to tailoring your resume.
- For more resources check out Social Work, Political Science, Journalism and Mass Communications, Communication Studies, and Foreign Languages.