Publishing Specialization

A Focused Area of Study for Communication Majors

Publishing is in need of new ideas and new media skills. If you are interested in pairing your Communication degree with an optional specialization in Publishing, you can work on real-world publishing projects and develop the new media skills many established publishers lack.

The Publishing specialization is set up around the WRT 346: Publishing in the 21st Century course, a project-based class that offers real-world experience working with clients. Projects may include traditional books, e-books, and other digital platforms, and may involve editing, design, illustration, marketing, social media, and event planning.

  • Learn how to conceive a publishing strategy that incorporates appropriate current technologies.

  • Make connections in the publishing industry with an internship.

  • Gain an understanding of the book production process, its sequence, and schedules.

  • Plan and execute team projects.

  • Learn professionalism by managing time, adhering to deadlines, and communicating with clients effectively and appropriately.

  • Apply the ethical and legal standards of the writing profession.

  • Plan and manage social media campaigns.

Courses In This Specialization Currently Include:

  • WRT 346: Publishing in the 21st Century — Students in this specialization will take this course twice to get immersed in as broad a range of publishing activities as possible. Projects vary by semester so you won't be doing the same thing twice!

Choose two of the following courses that are within your area of study:

Choose one of the following courses outside of your area of study: