Top Tier Career Preparation, Small School Vibe

Do you dream of working at a publishing house, indie magazine or scholarly journal? Then our publishing and editing major is for you.

You won't find this kind of program at any other liberal arts colleges—or at many far larger colleges either. We offer one of the only publishing majors in the nation.

Publishing is all about connecting. Writers and readers. Art and business. Traditional and new technologies. Gain the knowledge and skills to navigate these interconnections, and reflect on the:

  • Cultural role of publishing
  • History of the book
  • Implications of the shift to digital publishing

Our publishing and editing program is big enough that you'll have access to a high-tech, dedicated lab and eight department student publications, and small enough that you'll get hands-on, personalized attention from faculty. Our students have even helped produce a professional publication, which saw two pieces nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Nab Prime Internships & Post-Grad Opportunities

Our track record for internships at top magazines, newspapers and presses and placements at the three most prestigious summer certificate programs is exceptional. Internships include:

  • The Overlook Press
  • San Diego Magazine
  • Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents
  • Odyssey Online

Each year we successfully place graduates in the Columbia Publishing Course and NYU's Summer Publishing Institute. All five students from the Class of 2019 who applied to Columbia's program, the most prestigious program in the country, were accepted.

Flexible Skills for Any Field

You'll be ready to succeed in publishing and editing when you graduate, and the skills you'll gain translate to many industries including media management, marketing, library and information science, communications, and more.

Our interdisciplinary minors, like museum studies and arts administration, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

7 faculty members
8 department student-run publications
9 state-of-the-art iMacs in publishing lab
40 students majoring in English- publishing & editing

Recent graduates are employed at:

Leshne Agency
Penguin Random House (Publicity)
KAMA, IOS App
Pearson Education
Free Spirit Publishing
Harper Collins (HarperTeen)
Cengage Learning
Berkley Books/Penguin Random House
Penn Foster Education
Workman Publishing
The Pottsville Republican-Herald
Palgrave Macmillan
Highlights for Children
Business 2 Community
MacMillan Learning
So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art
Ingram Content Group
Print: A Bookstore (Portland, ME)
Crayola
Touchstone Books
U.S. Pharmacopeia
The Vanguard Group
Stanford University

Recent internship placements:

Help the Rural Child Charity Bookstore, Maubray, South Africa
NEPA Scene
Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Logbuch KG, Bremen, Germany
Odyssey Online
Sunbury Press
Elsewhere Magazine
Lost & Found Fiction
Atticus Books
Judson Press
Llewellyn Worldwide (publisher)
San Diego Magazine
The Star Ledger
Artvoice
: Buffalo's #1 Newsweekly
Sacramento Book Review
The Hopkins Review
Business 2 Community
The Arabian Sport Horse Magazine
Susquehanna Life Magazine
Bull Magazine
Adventum Magazine
Smith Magazine
Pink and Black Online Magazine
Happenings Magazine
W.W.  Norton
Writ Large Management
Pretty Pictures Entertainment

The English - Publishing and Editing major prepares students for careers in a digitally mediated publishing industry and for related careers in marketing, public relations, arts journalism, library and information science, and media management. Courses focus on both the intellectual and practical uses of literary study, especially the technologies of writing and reading, the businesses of literature, and craft.

Students in the English - Publishing and Editing major complete the following 42 - 46 semester hours with grades of C- or better.

Semester Hours View Full Course Catalog >>
4 ENGL-190 Introduction to Modern Publishing
4 WRIT-270 Small Press Publishing and Editing
4 COMM-331 Editing
2-4 ENGL-540 Internship
4 MGMT-280 Marketing
or ENGL-375 History of the Book
4 ENGL-388 Publishing: Ethics, Entertainment, Art, Politics

2-4      One course from among COMM-182 Writing for New Media, COMM-211 Public Relations, ENGL-298 Book Reviewing, and ENGL-299 Professional Writing.

8         ENGL-265 Surveys in Forms of Writing (students may not repeat the same form)

2 ENGL-269 English Grammar and the Writing Process
4 ENGL-290 Aesthetics and Interpretation

4        One ENGL course at the 300 level other than ENGL-375 and ENGL-388

Major GPA Calculation. For the purposes of calculating the required 2.00 minimum GPA in any of the four majors offered by the department, the English and Creative Writing Department uses all of the major courses with the ENGL and WRIT prefixes. 

Minor in Publishing and Editing. Students earning the minor in publishing and editing must complete five courses (a total of 18 semester hours) with a grade of C- or above. The required courses are ENGL-190 Introduction to Modern Publishing, WRIT-270 Small Press Publishing and Editing, COMM-331 Editing, ENGL-540 Internship, and ENGL-388 Publishing: Ethics, Entertainment, Art, Politics.

Laurence D. Roth, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Professor of English

Email Address roth@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4202

Betsy Verhoeven, Ph.D.

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

verhoeven@susqu.edu
570-372-4192

Karla Anne Kelsey, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address kelseykarla@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4525

Catherine Zobal Dent, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

dent@susqu.edu
570-372-4518

Randy Robertson, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address robertson@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4630

Silas Dent Zobal, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

zobal@susqu.edu
570-372-4538

Heather Lang, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English

Email Address langh@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4658

Crystal VanHorn

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant

vanhorn@susqu.edu
570-372-4196

Cheryl Ball

Third Annual Publishing & Editing Lecture: Digital Publishing and the Liberal Arts

Stretansky Concert Hall | Nov. 2 | 7:30 p.m.

Cheryl Ball is director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at the Wayne State University Library and editor of the online, peer-reviewed open-access journal Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes digital media scholarship and is read in 180 countries. She is also the project director for Vega, an open-access, multimedia, academic publishing platform, and serves as the executive director of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Past lectures

  • Jennifer Weis, executive editor and manager of content development at St. Martin's Press—Feb. 6, 2018
  • Christina Harrington '12, assistant editor at Marvel comics—March 20, 2017

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Susquehanna's Blog of Book Reviews, Literary Criticism, and the Like.

Modern Language Studies

The scholarly journal of the Northeast Modern Language Association is edited and produced in its entirety here.

Transformations

Scholarly student work from across the university comes together in one dazzling place.

Flagship

A magazine of travel writing that publishes stories from students' cross-cultural experiences.

The Squirrel

Susquehanna's student-run satirical news source

Sanctuary

An online genre/speculative literatures magazine focusing on the odd, experimental, unusual and weird.

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