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English: Publishing Studies


Hofstra’s Publishing Studies program offers a unique combination of benefits for students looking to be a part of the nearly $30 billion U.S. book and magazine publishing industry.

There are a number of reasons to choose Hofstra if you are thinking of pursuing a career in publishing. First, Hofstra’s program in publishing studies is one of a very select number of undergraduate concentrations in the nation. You’ll get the kind of practical education that is usually obtained only in graduate programs, giving you a strong leg up after only four years.

Second, Hofstra is in the backyard of New York City – the beating heart of the publishing world. You’ll have access to an unparalleled number of internship opportunities at both mass market, trade, and boutique publishers, a vital stepping stone to future employment.
Faculty who teach courses on publishing are active publishing industry professionals with at least 20 years of experience. They are eager to share their insights on book and magazine editing, design, marketing, and more.

English majors are trained to write well, analyze complex information, conduct research, craft arguments, and read and observe with a critical eye. These are skills that are sought-after by employers who recognize that English graduates are versatile and well-rounded. English bachelor’s degree recipients in the New York region earn an average annual salary of $53,729, and job growth for this major is projected to increase nearly 9% by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

No matter what aspect of publishing you want to pursue, Hofstra is the place to start.


Students enrolled in the Publishing Studies program choose from a wide variety of literature courses, plus courses in which they explore in depth how the publishing industry operates and learn specific skills necessary for industry success.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BA in English: Publishing Studies Requirements

The extensive assortment of courses in literature available to students includes overviews of early to contemporary English, American, and international writers, as well as focused examinations of specific authors, genres, and issues such as science fiction, post-Harlem Renaissance African American writers, and graphic novels. In short, if it was published, chances are you’ll find a class about it.

Examples include:

  • 20th Century American Poetry
  • African American Literature: The Harlem Renaissance and After
  • British Gothic Fiction and Modern Horror
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Graphic Novels
  • Law and Literature
  • Native American Literature
  • Science Fiction
  • The Woman Writer in America

Hofstra’s Publishing Studies courses are designed to teach exactly what the industry requires from new hires. You will take classes in book, magazine, and textbook editing, promotion, design, production, and retailing. You’ll learn about the history and reality of the publishing world, and the many legal concerns that must be understood. Armed with these specific skills, you will be positioned for internships and your first job in the publishing industry.

Classes include:

  • Book Design and Production
  • Book Editing
  • Book Promotion
  • Books and the Law
  • Children and Young Adult Book Publishing
  • The Economics of Publishing
  • Magazine Editing

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Many of Hofstra's English majors land positions with prestigious employers. Others seek to further their studies at top graduate schools. Employers include prestigious media companies such as:

  • Anton Media Group
  • Family Circle Magazine
  • Greenpeace USA
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Long Beach School District
  • McGraw Hill Education
  • Republican National Committee
  • Richner Communications
  • Scholastic, Inc.
  • St. Martin's Press
  • W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Those pursuing graduate degrees study at:

    • Cornell University
    • Drexel University
    • Hofstra University
    • New York University
    • Pace University
    • Rutgers University
    • Southern New Hampshire University
    • Texas State University
    • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of New Haven
93% job, grad school or both
84% accept a position within six months
$38K median salary*
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*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation

What You'll Learn

Student in Class

The specific content of the Publishing Studies coursework is designed to make you a valuable contributor to any publishing house. But what aspect of the field you pursue is totally up to you. Our program will help you be an effective editor and a conscientious proofreader. You will understand what makes a compelling book or magazine and how to make a good story better. You will explore the many aspects of design, production, promotion, and sales that are critical to the success of any publication.

In addition to off-campus internship opportunities, editing and management posts are available at Hofstra’s own publication, Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature and Art, the joint literary magazine of the BA in Publishing Studies and the MFA in Creative Writing at Hofstra. Attend a session of Great Writers, Great Readings, where you can rub elbows with award-winning authors in a variety of genres. Or take a leadership role in the Hofstra English Society, a student organization dedicated to the topics of literature, writing, and publishing. All these activities and more help you find out just where you fit in the publishing world.

Hands-On Learning

Hands-on experience is key when job seeking, which is why, in addition to being involved in editorial production of our campus publications, more than half our students – some 64% – participate in internship programs. Many will have more than one during their time at Hofstra; the average is 2.5.

Students concentrating in Publishing Studies have the tremendous advantage of proximity to many of the world’s top publishing houses and publications. Our Center for Career Design and Development has offered exciting internship opportunities at highly desirable organizations and businesses such as:

  • AMP Digital Literature Journal
  • Anton Media Group
  • Argiletum Press
  • Aurelia Press
  • Bellmore-Merrick School District
  • Donadio and Olson Literary Agency
  • East Meadow School District
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • McGraw Hill
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • W.W. Norton & Company


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While recent decades have seen many changes in the publishing world, one thing is certain: Books are not disappearing anytime soon. There will always be a place for young talent with strong skills and connections.

Hofstra’s Publishing Studies program is the ideal launch pad for those eager to break into the business.

  • We give our students a strong foundation in literature.
  • The campus provides extraordinary access to exciting internships and networking opportunities.
  • The faculty members have deep insight into the publishing industry because they have lived and worked in it for years.

Many of our students are self-described book worms. They feel they were born to be involved in publishing in some capacity. If this is your passion as well, Hofstra will help you build the skills and experience you need to get your own success story started.

Meet Amanda Filchock

Amanda Filchock grew up loving books, but was unsure how to channel her passion into a career, until she discovered Hofstra’s Publishing Studies program. After graduating, Amanda was hired by The College Board, where she is the associate director of SAT Publications.

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