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2011-2012 Catalog

School of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Plan for Publishing (M.S.)



The Master of Science in Publishing is an academic degree program which focuses on the history, development, and current practice of publishing in America. Students will complete a 36 hour program which consists of 30 hours of coursework and 6 hours of internship. 21 hours of courses constitute the Core of the Publishing M.S. degree; 9 hours of coursework constitute the student’s Concentration. Concentrations are offered in Communication, English, and History. The home department of the degree will be the English department; however, courses are required and/or offered in Marketing, Management,  Communication, History, Curriculum and Instruction, and in order to adequately prepare students for employment in the publishing industry.
  1. General Admission Requirements. Admission to Graduate Studies (see graduate admission requirements).

  2. Program Admission. In addition to meeting university admissions requirements for a graduate degree, prospective publishing students must submit their official GMAT or GRE scores.  Admission to the Master of Science in Publishing program is based on an evaluation by the program's admission committee of the following information:

    1. 1-2 page essay that states the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program and the applicant’s career goals.
    2. Two letters of recommendation.

    3. A writing sample.

    4. Submit official GRE scores and have an Admissions index of 1,400 or higher, obtained by the following:  GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200, plus GRE scores (Verbal + Quantitative)

  3. Degree Requirements. A minimum of 36 graduate semester hours (s.h.) with a final grade of at least a B in each course.

  4. Required Courses. Five 3-hour courses in Publishing (PUBL) constitute the core of the M.S. in Publishing for a total of 15 hours. Also required are MGMT 6351 (Management and Organizational Behavior) and MKTG 6352 (Strategic Marketing Management). These courses are listed below.

    PUBL Core Required Courses – 21 s.h.
    PUBL 6310 Introduction to Publishing
    PUBL 6312 Publication Design
    PUBL 6314 Legal Environment of Publishing/Contracts
    PUBL 6316 Style & Editing
    PUBL 6318 Advanced Publishing
    MGMT 6351 (Management and Organizational Behavior)
    MKTG 6352 (Strategic Marketing Management).
  5. PUBL 6305 Publishing Internship is required. This course must be taken for two semesters for a total of 6 hours. The internship will serve as a capstone experience for student, a practical application in a professional environment which will gather together and apply skills and concepts learned during coursework leading to the M.S. in Publishing degree.

  6. Prescribed Electives (Concentration) – Students choose a concentration from among the following areas: Communication (COMM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), and complete any three 3-hour courses with the same prefix for a total of 9 hours.

Prefix and Number Prescribed Elective Courses SCH
COMM 6300 SPECIAL TOPICS A&S
COMM 6332 THEORY AND RESEARCH A&S
COMM 6340 MEDIA, MOVEMENTS & PUBLICS A&S
COMM 6350 CONFLICT STUDIES A&S
CUIN 6330 USING MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE IN SCHOOLS[may be used as one of three ENGL courses] EDU
ENGL 6330 BRITISH LITERARY HISTORY A&S
ENGL 6332 AMERICAN LITERARY HISTORY A&S
ENGL 6334 CONTEMPORARY LITRARY HISTORY A&S
ENGL 6340 LITERARY THEORY A&S
ENGL 6350 GENRE STUDIES A&S
HIST 6300 SELECTED TOPICS IN HISTORY A&S
HIST 6310 U.S. SOCIAL HISTORY A&S
HIST 6311 20TH CENTURY HISTORY A&S
HIST 6314 MODERN BRITISH HISTORY A&S