Publishing Studies Concentration

as part of the Master of Arts in English at Southeastern


Publishing Studies Program Overview

The Publishing Studies concentration in the English Department’s M.A. program targets
students whose range of skills and interests go beyond literary studies into the real-world
activities of editing and presenting texts to the public in print and digital forms.
This M.A. concentration offers those students a comprehensive program that addresses
the full range of software skills, methods, theory, and historical background demanded
in this rapidly-changing field. Students will learn the latest developments in digital
humanities scholarship, as preparation for Ph.D. programs; in digital and print editing
and production, as preparation for the workforce; and in classroom applications of
technology, as support for teaching writing and publishing.


Publishing Studies Program Requirements

The requirements for a concentration in Publishing Studies include courses in editing,
the visual culture of publishing, print publishing, online publishing, and a supervised
internship. The Publishing Studies concentration does not offer a thesis option, but
does require an internship, discussed in more detail below.


All students choosing the Publishing Studies concentration must complete the following


ENGL 585 Foundations in Publishing Studies and Professional Writing

ENGL 592 Introduction to Literary and Technical Editing

ENGL 549 History of the Book or ENGL 586 Document Production and Design

ENGL 593 Practicum in Humanities Print Publishing                                
                                                      or ENGL 594 Publishing in Digital Humanities

ENGL 595 Internship

ENGL 652 Studies in Publishing Seminar



Publishing Studies students will complete a one-semester Internship course (ENGL 595). 
These internships can be based on a student’s graduate assistantship when the assigned
role is appropriate (editor for a student publication, editorial assistant for a professional
journal, website development, among others), or a current job in publishing outside
of school, or an internship arranged specifically for the semester course. In all
cases the Coordinator of Publishing Studies must approve the internship, and verify
the agreement of the faculty member who will serve as instructor of record, before
the student may register for ENGL 595. Before the course begins the instructor of
record will establish an approved plan of work and a regular system of reports with
the job supervisor for the duration of the internship, available to the instructor
during the internship. The instructor will also provide a list of readings relevant
to the student’s internship project for purposes of reflection.  During the course
the student will meet regularly with the instructor, provide regular written documentation
and reflections on the work completed (including a substantial final reflection essay),
and compile a portfolio for the internship out of these documents.





Jack Bedell, Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, MFA, University of Arkansas
at Fayetteville

Professor and editor of Louisiana Literature

Areas of Expertise: Editing, Print Humanities Publishing


Joel Fredell, Ph.D., Indiana University

Professor, Coordinator of Publishing Studies, and editor of the The Kempe Project

Areas of Expertise: History of the Book, Digital Publishing, Digital Humanities Publishing


Samuel Fuller, Ph.D., Clemson University

Assistant Professor of Technical and Professional Communication

Areas of Expertise: Indie Publishing, Digital Humanities, Hacker Culture, Videogame Studies 


David Hanson, Ph.D., University of Chicago

Professor, Department Chair, and editor Nineteenth-Century Studies and The Ruskin Project

Areas of Expertise: Editing, Print Humanities Publishing, Digital Humanities Publishing