Comparative Literature and Languages

Comparative Literature, Languages, & Linguistics Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Comparative Literature, Languages, & Linguistics at Hofstra University. Our department houses many innovative and challenging programs, including Asian Studies, Chinese, Classics, Comparative Literature, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Linguistics, and Russian. The department also has a combined BA/MA in Linguistics/Forensic Linguistics. Students in our programs receive training in modern and classical languages and cultures, as well as in comparative literature and linguistics. Many of our students are double majors in the department and in another area, including business, history, biology, psychology, film and video studies.

Our students have had success in many areas after graduation. Many are in graduate school, as well as law school, business school, and medical school. Others have found employment in various fields in New York and around the world.


Knowing another language will enrich your personal life and provide you with an expanded range of professional opportunities. At Hofstra, you can choose to continue with a language you have already studied or to begin a new language. The benefits of language study are tremendous. With language study, you can:

  • Improve your career prospects in an increasingly globalized world. Not only will fluency in a specific language help you find employment, language study provides many indirect benefits too, including improved problem-solving skills and improved communication skills.
  • Enrich and transform your life. Since language is the key to the human mind, the study of language is life enriching. It helps provide expanded understanding of culturally rooted behaviors and attitudes, including those that stem from one's own language. You will gain greater appreciation for the cultural products (literature, film, poetry, anime) of your own and other countries.
  • Use what you learn. You may have the opportunity to study abroad, an experience that provides you with firsthand experience of the relationship between language and culture. Internships, both in foreign countries and domestically, often require fluency or competency in another language.
  • Explore linguistics. Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Linguistics helps provide us with a vision of how human language works. Students of linguistics develop skills in data analysis, problem solving, and logical thinking that can be applied to many fields. Increasingly, linguistics is being used as a tool by legal professionals, corporations, law enforcement, governments, and by the intelligence community.

After exploring the links to our various programs, feel free to contact the Department of Comparative Literature, Languages, & Linguistics to find out more about our programs.

Call or visit our offices for more information about the various courses and majors in Comparative Literature, Languages, & Linguistics.