Career Development


When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College. Discover more about the B.A. in Literature, and find out about program requirements, courses, and the program faculty.

Want to find out more about a major? Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a Literature major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Read accurately and analytically
  • Imaginative & creative
  • Persuasive
  • Self motivated & disciplined
  • Editing & grammatical skills
  • Organized
  • Observant
  • Individually expressive
  • Ability to present alternative view points
  • Summarizing ideas


  • Assistant Copywriter
  • Author
  • Book Critic
  • Book Editor
  • Business Manager
  • Columnist
  • Copyeditor
  • Copywriter
  • Counselor
  • Editor
  • Fact Checker
  • Fund Raiser
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Literary Agent
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Media Buyer
  • Museum Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Production Assistant
  • Professor
  • Proof Reader
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Public Relations Writer
  • Publicity Manager
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Sales Representative
  • Screenplay Writer
  • Speechwriter
  • Staff Writer
  • Story Editor
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Writer


  • Publishing Houses
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Film Studios
  • Educational Institutions
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • Corporations
  • Non Profit Organizations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS - Center for Communications - American Comparative Literature Association - Association of American Publishers - Association of Authors and Publishers - The Association of Magazine Media - National Newspaper Publishing
Association National Writers Union - Public Relations Society of America  Writers Market (fee based, with some free resources) - Occupational Outlook Handbook

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni  - Job and industry information in the media - Jobs/internships in the publishing industry - The Write Job - Search thousands of new jobs in writing Site for the professional creative marketplace - Site for today's working writers - Tips and job search - Public Relations Jobs - NYC Department of Education

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  9/15

Career Information & Job Links

Acquired Skills, Career Titles & Organizations

Program Requirements

LIT 1000–2999
LIT 3000–3999
LIT 4000–4999


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8-Semester Graduation Plans

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