Department of English at Illinois State University

Publishing Studies

The field of Publishing Studies combines theoretical and practical examinations of how texts print and screen-based, scholarly and creative, technical and artistic, commercial and non-profit, etc. are authored, edited, produced, published, read, and studied in contemporary and historical contexts. Undergraduate students in the Publishing Studies sequence at ISU have a required internship and take courses in Publishing, Creative Writing, Literature, Linguistics, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication. Graduate students in our Master's and Ph.D. programs can also take 300-level Publishing Studies sequence courses and apply for assistantships to work closely with faculty journal editors or in the Publications Unit.

In all, the English Department supports ten journals and newsletters, offering students opportunities to integrate their Publishing Studies coursework with hands-on editorial practice.

For more information on the Publishing Studies program at Illinois State University, please contact Mark Vegter, advisor.

 

Undergraduate Publishing Studies Courses

Students in the Publishing Studies sequence take coursework from the courses listed below. See the Publishing Studies degree requirements page for more information on how to complete the Publishing Studies sequence.

  • ENG 247.x: Intermediate Creative Writing [Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Non-Fiction]
  • ENG 249: Technical Writing
  • ENG 254: Introduction to Professional Publishing
  • ENG 350: Visible Rhetoric
  • ENG 351: Hypertext
  • ENG 353: Technical Editing
  • ENG 354: Literary Publishing in Theory and Practice
  • ENG 355: Forensic Bibliography and Archival Editing
  • ENG 356: Proposal Writing in the Arts and Humanities
  • ENG 357: Theories of Creative Writing Genesis
  • ENG 398: Professional Practice: Internship in English

To view course descriptions for any undergraduate Publishing Studies course, please check the Undergraduate Catalog.

Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Undergraduate students can work on a variety of publications, including:

Undergradaute students can also complete an internship in publishing at a work site they choose in consultation with their advisor and the English Department Internship Director.

Graduate Publishing Studies Courses

Students in the Master's in English programs and the Ph.D. in English Studies program can take 300-level courses in the Publishing Studies sequence as complements to their other coursework.

  • ENG 350: Visible Rhetoric
  • ENG 351: Hypertext
  • ENG 353: Technical Editing
  • ENG 354: Literary Publishing in Theory and Practice
  • ENG 355: Forensic Bibliography and Archival Editing
  • ENG 356: Proposal Writing in the Arts and Humanities
  • ENG 357: Theories of Creative Writing Genesis
  • ENG 398/498: Professional Practice: Internship in English

To view course descriptions for any graduate Publishing Studies course, please check the Graduate Catalog.

Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate students in both the Master's and Ph.D. programs can also complete an internship in publishing at a work site they choose in consultation with their advisor and the English Department Internship Director.

For more information, please see the English Studies Internship page.