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The Certificate in Literary Editing and Publishing

Admissions to the Certificate in Literary Editing and Publishing is currently suspended. Please contact the English Department to learn the current status of the program.

This certificate provides training in editing, copyediting, selection procedures and standards, publishing procedures, graphics, printing technologies, and marketing and distributing literature.

Course Requirements for the Certificate: 26-28 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this certificate.

A GPA of 2.5 is required for all courses taken for the certificate.

6 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: CDES 281, or faculty permission.
Introduction to digital pre-publishing (print and WWW). Examination of document layouts and page makeup, including software applications. Proper use of type as alphanumeric symbols and concepts of character and paragraph formatting are stressed. The course includes an introduction to file importing techniques and strategies for complex document construction. This course is appropriate for students who want an understanding of introductory content creation techniques for publication. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (001730)
History of publishing in America, acquisition of basic editorial skills, and study of the editing and publishing process. Class publishes authors' chapbooks. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (003497)
Prerequisites: ENGL 220 (may be taken concurrently), ENGL 315, or faculty permission.
Study of and workshop in the editing of literary magazines, manuscripts, and other literary materials. Practice in selection, evaluation, copy editing, and production. Class publishes Watershed literary magazine. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (003581)
Prerequisites: ENGL 415 or two 400-level courses from the Minor in Creative Writing.
This course involves students in the process of chapbook production, from advertising, solicitation, judging and selecting manuscripts, through the stages of book production. Students learn to perform the duties of editorial assistants at a small book publisher. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003525)

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 415; or two 400-level courses from the Minor in Creative Writing; or ENGL 620.
This course involves students in the production of chapbook, from advertising, solicitation, to judging and selecting manuscripts, as they work with Flume Press at CSU, Chico. Students learn to perform the duties of editorial assistants at a small book publisher and produce the resulting chapbook. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003645)
Prerequisites: ENGL 335 or ENGL 375 (may be taken concurrently) or faculty permission.
Lecture/discussion with practical application in copyediting manuscripts for publication. Students copyedit manuscripts for magazines and book publishers. 3 hours discussion. (003568)
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Supervised, out-of-classroom work experience in English-related activities in the University, community, and businesses. No more than 3 units may be applied to the major. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (003569)

Note: ENGL 489 must be taken for 3 units.

2 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Visual communication is explored through images which audiences view. Includes graphic design methodology, layout, typography, symbolism, and grid systems developed from thumbnail through comprehensive. For non-Graphic Design majors only. 1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (001643)
Introduction to hypertext markup language (HTML), Web standards, and the Web publication process. Includes practical exercises in the creation and publication of Web pages and the construction of coherent Web sites. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (001660)
An introductory survey of the printing, publishing, and packaging areas of graphic arts. Systems of digital printing, including inkjet, subliminal dye, dry toner, and liquid ink systems. Emphasis on industry organization and structure, printed products for mass distribution, and methods of graphic arts reproduction. 1 hour lecture, 2 hours discussion. (001650)
Prerequisites: CDES 230.
Introduction to typographic syntax, with an emphasis on the organization and visual structure of typographic information. Topics include principle of composition, form-counterform relationships, modular grids, proportion, and visual hierarchy. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (001672)
Prerequisites: CDES 327, CDES 334.
Creation of documents to affect audiences, including book, magazine, annual report, newsletter, and experimental formats. Includes publication formula, analysis, and relation to electronic platforms. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (001753)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of fact-based prose (i.e., nonfiction) that acknowledges the presence and creative imagination of the writer at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003438)

Note: English majors who have taken any of the above English courses in pursuit of their major may substitute additional optional courses from above in consultation with the certificate advisor; other majors may substitute 3-4 units of upper-division English courses for any of the above non-English electives in consultation with the advisor.

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