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English: Publishing Studies

Overview

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 members are all 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 Language and Literature bachelor 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 nine percent 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.

Curriculum

Students enrolled in the Publishing Studies and Literature 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

On the literature side, there are courses in practically every segment, from overviews of early to contemporary English, American and international writers, to narrower examinations of specific areas 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:

  • Old English Language and Literature
  • British Gothic Fiction and Modern Horror
  • American Literary Naturalism
  • African American Literature: The Harlem Renaissance and After
  • The American Short Story
  • The Woman Writer in America
  • Science Fiction
  • Graphic Novels

What makes Hofstra’s Publishing Studies curriculum most valuable are its courses designed to teach exactly what the industry expects 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 actual job in the publishing industry.

Classes include:

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

Recent Alumni Outcomes

With Hofstra’s close proximity to the publishing mecca of New York City, Publishing Studies graduates often don’t have to go far to find their first job in the field. But whether they choose a post in the Big Apple or elsewhere, or opt to pursue a postgraduate degree, they find themselves well-prepared to shine.

Recent alumni work at BuzzFeed, Inc., Penguin Random House, Sesame Workshop, Scholastic, Inc., W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. and Worth Publishers, Macmillan. Those pursuing graduate degrees study at Cornell University, UCLA, Columbia University, Seton Hall University, CUNY Queens College, Drexel University, Eastern New Mexico University, Fordham University, Hawaii Pacific University, NYU, Rutgers University, University of California, Riverside, and University of New Haven.

96% job, grad school or both
90% accept a position within six months
$38K median salary
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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, there are editing and management posts 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 63% --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 close proximity to many of the world’s top publishing houses and publications. Our Career Center has offered exciting internship opportunities at highly desirable organizations and businesses such as Hachette Book Group, Marvel Comics, Oxford University Press, Penguin Publishing, Scholastic Corporation and Vogue. Internships have also been available at BBC Worldwide, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Macmillan Publishers, Adventure Publishing Group and Alameda Children's Musical Theater.

Experience

Gym Class

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 breeding ground for those eager to break into the business.

  • We give our students a strong foundation in the basics of 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.