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Publishing and Editing at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. Enjoy!

From the Susquehanna University website, 2023: “Publishing has evolved and thrived in the digital age. The growing global demand for content requires skilled strategists, editors and writers, even in the age of AI. Whether you dream of working at a digital outlet, traditional publishing house, indie magazine or scholarly journal, Susquehanna University can help you craft your ideal career. Join an exclusive, hands-on program with one of the top-tier publishing majors in the nation.

“You’re not just a number at Susquehanna. With our small size and high-tech resources, you’ll have the professional tools and personal attention to create your own publications as soon as your first year.

“Prepare for real-world business situations in publishing in the only undergraduate publishing program affiliated with a business school. The Susquehanna University Press is entirely student-run in collaboration with the Sigmund Weis School of Business. Plus, you can build your portfolio with nine department student publications. Our large alumni network in publishing, both in New York and elsewhere, means that you’ll have supportive contacts when you start looking for an internship or job.


*9 student-led publications

*50% of courses are hands-on or project-based

*100% of students do an internship

*Ranked #1 in Best Colleges for Publishing by CampusReel

*College Factual has named Susquehanna University as No. 1 in its “Colleges Most Focused on Publishing in the U.S.” thanks to its emphasis on student mentoring, practical experience and business-savvy education.

“Student quote:

‘I chose Susquehanna after attending the university’s one-of-a-kind Publishing & Editing Summer Institute. Specialized classes like History of the Book, Aesthetics & Interpretation and Book Reviewing allow me to investigate the history, theory and culture behind publishing as an art. A wealth of campus publications and organizations complement these courses by studying publishing as a business.’

Ellie Pasquale ’24

“Susquehanna’s No. 1 ranking on College Factual’s “Colleges Most Focused on Publishing in the U.S.” list recognizes the university as a “destination school for prospective students who want to major in publishing and editing,” said Laurence Roth, Degenstein professor of English, co-chair of the Department of English and Creative Writing and founder of the publishing and editing major.

“Susquehanna’s Department of English and Creative Writing offers several student publications/literary projects that provide students the opportunity for hands-on editing and publishing experience. There are also internship opportunities available to students on campus and at the Blough-Weis Library, as well as remotely at venues like the Santa Fe Writers Project, Her Campus Media and Citizens Climate Lobby. Some of the student publications include Rivercraft, Flagship and Sanctuary.

“Our publishing and editing major places a strong value on student mentoring, experiential learning and an entrepreneurial attitude toward publishing and editing. We also believe that students should be able to do what they came here to study and practice, and do it with the tools that professionals use,” Roth said. “We want to prepare students for the creative media-sphere of the 21st century and that means having the ability not only to make products but also to analyze and critique that sphere with an insider’s knowledge as well as the humanities perspectives that will enable them to understand where media industries have been and where they’re going.”

“Many publishing and editing graduates also go on to graduate school, including the esteemed Columbia Publishing Course in the School of Journalism at Columbia University.

“’The director of the Columbia Publishing Course, Shaye Areheart, has said Susquehanna students are incredibly well prepared to succeed in Columbia’s program and in the industry,’ Roth said. ‘Since the start of the publishing and editing program, we’ve placed about a dozen students in Columbia’s program and another half dozen or so in other publishing graduate programs around the country.’

“Susquehanna is one of a very small number of liberal arts colleges with an expansive publishing and editing program. The minor began in 2012 and the major began in 2015. Since then, alumni have entered all levels of the industry, working as book buyers and booksellers for independent bookstores, in permissions, IT, marketing and book production for trade and educational publishers, and at companies like AfterShock Comics, HarperCollins Publishers, Ross Yoon Literary Agency and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

“Susquehanna will soon relaunch the SU Press as an entirely student-run operation. The press will provide hands-on experience in publishing and is a collaborative project with the Sigmund Weis School of Business. With this project, our undergraduate publishing program will be the only one in the country affiliated with a business school.”

Susquehanna University is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click image for additional information):

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