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  • I was Marianne Hirsch & Irene Kacandes' student, graduating in 2000. I continue to be grateful that I majored in Comparative Literature! I completed an MA in English at UC Santa Barbara in 2003 and relied heavily on my critical theory and close reading background as both graduate student and teaching assistant. I then moved to New York and worked as an editor at Routledge. All the while, I developed a great interest in yoga and Buddhist philosophy, as the ideas that my yoga teachers were...

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  • My comparative literature major honed my language, writing and critical thinking skills and has served me well in my career. I focused on Spanish and Portuguese literature with environmental themes -- a passion of mine. These days I am Senior Communications Strategist for the Sierra Club, the country's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. I use my Spanish all the time, do plenty of writing of all types and spend significant time thinking about the effect of specific...

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  • The wonderful community of scholars at Dartmouth and the A.M. in Comparative Literature gave me exactly the excellent training I needed to pursue a Ph.D. in the field. I'm now a graduate student at Harvard University planning for an academic career and studying that which I hold most dear: literature and music.

  • After graduating I lit out for Europe. I think the comp lit major gave me a kind of confidence about how much culture I could absorb and about what a unique experience that is. I wanted to go to a city that had a rich history in the past century, and it fell to Berlin in the end. During my three month term in the city, I got to prepare the gallery for international art fairs and work with artists in studio. The community in the industry was fascinating, and because of my comp lit background...

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  • I am a big fan of Dartmouth's Comp Lit program. My first year after graduating from Dartmouth, I lived in Munich, Germany and worked as a teaching intern at an international school. I've spent the last three years working for a small public relations agency in San Francisco and Boston helping clients in the clean technology and information technology industries. I'm currently wrapping up there and preparing to move to Ukraine to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. In any career, it's paramount...

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  • I have to say that the year of the Masters was a wonderful time. I've met so many great people and I am still stunned by the amazing academic environment that surrounded the program. Dartmouth itself is a wonderful place but the Comp Lit people were just unbelievable. The administrators were always there for us, the professors were also always available and you never got the feeling that there would be no one to ask for advice. I also loved to get the chance to meet Judith Butler, Homi...

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  • "When people ask me about my major I say that comparative literature study prepares you for nothing…and everything."

    I did hone concrete skills as a comparative literature major, focusing on Spanish and Russian. Those skills include research and writing to develop strong arguments, analytical thought, and communicating in two or more languages. The greatest gift that comparative literature gave me, however, was the knowledge and acceptance that not only are there many different...

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  • The COLT major was a means to acquire fluency in two European languages, to conduct research in France, Germany, North Africa and the Middle East, and to form lasting friendships in all of those places. His phenomenal advisor Veronika Fuechtner and the program's rigorous classes with challenging peers helped to sharpen his writing and presentation skills. These skills, in turn, led to three postgraduate research fellowships and several publications, including a chapter of his B.A. thesis....

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  • After Dartmouth I obtained a masters degree in creative arts therapy at NYU and worked as a child therapist at a domestic violence agency. Currently, I'm a Temple University Fellow in Philadelphia working towards a school psychology PhD. I'm pleased to say that everything I studied as a COLT major on language, postcolonial theory, ethnic identities in migration, canonical/marginal texts, psychoanalytic theory, etc. etc. directly informs my psychological and educational work with youth, and...

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  • After graduating from Dartmouth in 2003, I entered the Ph. D. program in comparative literature at UC Berkeley. Majoring in comparative literature under wonderful mentors (Lawrence Kritzman, Laurence Davies, Amy Hollywood, Irene Kacandes, John Kopper) gave me a firm foundation to pursue graduate study. The rigorous linguistic training promoted by the comparative literature program lent me the confidence necessary to learn three new languages - Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese - and also...

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