Texas Tech University

Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Editing

Though most people think about New York and Boston as the center for publishing in the US, we find important publications centers in Texas: Houghton-Mifflin's editorial offices are in Fort Worth as are the museum presses for the Amon Carter and the Kimbell art museums. Across the state, many institutions of higher education have their own presses: TTU, UT, TAMU, SMU, TCU, Sam Houston State,  UNT, etc. The state also boasts a number of important small presses: Wing Press (San Antonio), Arte Publico (Austin); Pine Grove Press to name a few. And most of our larger cities have trade or tourist magazines: Texas Monthly, D, Texas Highways, etc. In addition, various companies have editorial offices based in Texas, such as the offices for American Airlines's and Southwest Airlines's in-flight magazines.

The TTU certificate in Publishing and Editing helps meet the clear need for training in publishing and editing for graduate students across the curriculum, for professionals in the workforce; and for graduating seniors in the humanities wishing to broaden their job opportunities. Because the publishing world is relatively small and asks that students have developed skills before gaining even entry-level employment in the field, the TTU certificate will help students develop the skills and networking opportunities to be competitive in this challenging market.

Students can enroll in courses in order to prepare for a career in editing and publishing; to develop new workplace skills or supplement existing skills; to learn how to produce publications like internal newsletters; to understand the relationship between publishing history, book history, and literary studies; to improve as a literary critic or creative writer; to develop or improve editing skills.

For more information about the publishing certificate, contact the program's director, Jill Patterson.