Publishing Certificate Program
Following is a comprehensive list of publishing courses offered by the English Department. Please check the current Schedule of Classes for a listing of the courses offered this semester.
32501: Introduction to Publishing I
A dynamic overview of who does what and why in book publishing, providing broad knowledge of book acquisitions, editing, design and production, sales, marketing, advertising, corporate management, and the financial and legal professional areas of the industry. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
32502: Publishing Practicum
A simulation of the complete book publishing process from contract negotiations to bound book. Designed to complement the fall-semester Introduction to Publishing by providing opportunities for students to put their previous learning to practical use. Prereq.: 32501. 3 HR./WK; 3 CR.
32600: Books for Young Readers
A practical look at the specialized world of publishing for children and young adults with an emphasis on the creative passion involved in producing books for American young people. Licensing, merchandising, sales and marketing to all age groups and every category in publishing will be discussed. Substantial reading of children’s titles and discussions of the development of publishing programs with special focus on multicultural programs. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
32700: The Editorial Process
An in-depth look at the process specific to the editorial profession, including book acquisition, manuscript editing (copyediting, line editing, proofreading); selling a manuscript at the editorial meeting; author/agent/editor relations; book contracts and subsidiary rights; seeing a writer’s project from concept to manuscript to bound book; the book review process; and the editor’s relationship with the marketing, sales, and advertising departments. This course will include class visits by authors and industry professionals, who will explore their individual relationship to the process of book making. Students will acquire the basic skills and knowledge necessary to successfully enter a professional editorial position. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
32800: Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading
Intensive, practical instruction in basic copyediting and proofreading. Working with a variety of texts (including fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, reference works), students will learn how to assess a manuscript and employ universal copyediting/proofreading symbols in type-marking manuscripts. Students will also learn design coding; drafting a style sheet; querying; preparing a manuscript for author review and typesetting; composition quality standards; and how to perform the tasks at each stage of the bookmaking process. Pre or coreq.: Eng 32501. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
32900: Independent Study: Publishing Internship
Students work a minimum of 150 hours in the department of their choice. An essay reviewing and analyzing the relationship between the student’s academic and work experience is required. Publishers offering past internships include: Random House, Inc., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Time Warner Books, W.W. Norton, Inc., Harcourt, Inc., Simon & Schuster, Inc., and Harper Collins. Prereq.: permission of the director. 150 HRS.; 3 CR.
31003: Independent Study: Publishing Internship
This course is the final requirement towards the Publishing Certificate and is available to those students who have completed four courses in the Program with a 3.0 average or better. Publishers offering internships include: Random House, Inc., John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Time Warner Books, W.W. Norton, Inc., Simon and Schuster, Inc., and HarperCollins. Students work in the department of their choice. An essay reviewing and analyzing the relationship between the students’ academic and work experience is required. Permission of the Director is required. 150 HRS.; 3 CR.