Top Tier Career Preparation, Small School Vibe

Do you dream of working at a publishing house, indie magazine or scholarly journal? Then our publishing and editing major is for you.

You won't find this kind of program at any other liberal arts colleges—or at many far larger colleges either. We offer one of the only publishing majors in the nation.

Publishing is all about connecting. Writers and readers. Art and business. Traditional and new technologies. Gain the knowledge and skills to navigate these interconnections, and reflect on the:

  • Cultural role of publishing
  • History of the book
  • Implications of the shift to digital publishing

Our publishing and editing program is big enough that you'll have access to a high-tech, dedicated lab and eight department student publications, and small enough that you'll get hands-on, personalized attention from faculty. Our students have even helped produce a professional publication, which saw two pieces nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Nab Prime Internships & Post-Grad Opportunities

Our track record for internships at top magazines, newspapers and presses and placements at the three most prestigious summer certificate programs is exceptional. Internships include:

  • UrbanEdge Publishing
  • Penguin Random House
  • Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents
  • Ingram Content Group

Each year we successfully place graduates in the Columbia Publishing Course and NYU's Summer Publishing Institute. All five students from the Class of 2019 who applied to Columbia's program, the most prestigious program in the country, were accepted.

Flexible Skills for Any Field

You'll be ready to succeed in publishing and editing when you graduate, and the skills you'll gain translate to many industries including media management, marketing, library and information science, communications, and more.

Our interdisciplinary minors, like museum studies and arts administration, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

Coming Soon

Susquehanna University will be restarting the SU Press as an entirely student-run operation. The press will provide hands-on experience in publishing and is a collaborative project with the Sigmund Weis School of Business. With this project our undergrad publishing program will be the only one in the country affiliated with a business school. More details about the SU Press will be coming this fall.

Recent graduates are employed at:

Simon & Schuster
The Ross Yoon Agency
AfterShock Comics
Holiday House
Labyrinth Books
Leshne Agency
Penguin Random House (Publicity)
KAMA, IOS App
Pearson Education
Free Spirit Publishing
Harper Collins (HarperTeen)
Cengage Learning
Berkley Books/Penguin Random House
Penn Foster Education
Workman Publishing
The Pottsville Republican-Herald
Palgrave Macmillan
Highlights for Children
Business 2 Community
MacMillan Learning
So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art
Ingram Content Group
Print: A Bookstore (Portland, ME)
Crayola
Touchstone Books
U.S. Pharmacopeia
The Vanguard Group
Stanford University

Recent internship placements:

Dzanc Books
Citizen's Climate Lobbby
Her Campus Media
Penguin Random House
UrbanEdge Publishing
Overlook Press
Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents
Help the Rural Child Charity Bookstore, Maubray, South Africa
NEPA Scene
Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Logbuch KG, Bremen, Germany
Odyssey Online
Sunbury Press
Atticus Books
Judson Press
Llewellyn Worldwide (publisher)
San Diego Magazine
The Star Ledger
Artvoice
: Buffalo's #1 Newsweekly
Sacramento Book Review
The Hopkins Review
Business 2 Community
The Arabian Sport Horse Magazine
Susquehanna Life Magazine

W.W.  Norton
Writ Large Management
Pretty Pictures Entertainment

Top 10 school for Publishing & Editing
-Universities.com

"Rarely do creative writing and literature students (either undergrad or grad) get any exposure to the mechanics much less the conceptual frameworks of publishing, and your students in the Publishing and Editing program — and the English and Writing majors I encountered — seemed well-informed, exceedingly thoughtful and above all, magnificently curious. Their questions revealed how much thinking they’ve already done which means they’ve considered what publishing is and can be, how it work (and sometimes doesn’t). From the examples of chapbooks and literary journals I saw, it also seems as if they're putting ideas into practice. Kudos to you and the Susquehanna faculty for creating a unique and thriving community of future publishers!"
-Lisa Pearson, publisher of Siglio Press

"Fortunately, some institutions have found ways to innovate within traditional liberal arts disciplines to provide greater career development opportunities to meet student, parent, and law maker demand while safeguarding their liberal arts core….The new [Publishing & Editing] major has been extremely successful, helping to increase English enrollments by 80% in just two years. By aligning the program with alumni career outcomes Susquehanna has been able to ensure that their students gain more specialized skill sets and knowledge within the English program without sacrificing the critical breadth the major supplies."
-Ashley Delamater, EAB, "Redesign academic programs to meet student demand: How Susquehanna University repackaged their English program"

Laurence D. Roth, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Professor of English

Email Address roth@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4202

Bradley Carpenter

Department: English & Creative Writing
Adjunct Faculty in English and Creative Writing

carpenterb@susqu.edu

Karla Anne Kelsey, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address kelseykarla@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4525

Catherine Zobal Dent, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

dent@susqu.edu
570-372-4518

Randy Robertson, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address robertson@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4630

Betsy Verhoeven, Ph.D.

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

verhoeven@susqu.edu
570-372-4192

Heather Lang, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English

Email Address langh@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4658

Hasanthika Sirisena

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing

sirisena@susqu.edu
570-372-4755

Crystal VanHorn

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant

Email Address vanhorn@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4196

Lisa Pearson

Jennifer Baker

Book Publishing Here & Now and Ready for Change

Cunningham Center for Music and Art - Stretansky Concert Hall
March 1, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Jennifer Baker is Managing Editor at Random House Children’s Books, a contributing editor to Electric Literature, editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology, and the creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing, a finalist for the 2018 and 2019 Digital Book World Best Use of Podcasting in Book Marketing. Baker was named the 2019 Publishers Weekly Star Watch “SuperStar” because her “varied work championing diversity in publishing has made her an indispensable fixture in the book business.”

Baker will provide insight into a publishing industry in flux due to the economics of a pandemic and the consistent (public) calls for equity and inclusion, among other factors. Her lecture will also shed light on the many discussions happening in- and out-of-house, the myriad pathways to publication, and the communities bringing BIPOC (and other marginalized groups) together to promote enduring, not temporary, change to the industry.

Past lectures

  • Lisa Pearson, founder of Siglio Press—Sept. 12, 2020
  • Cheryl Ball, director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at the Wayne State University Library and editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy—Nov. 2, 2018
  • Jennifer Weis, executive editor and manager of content development at St. Martin's Press—Feb. 6, 2018
  • Christina Harrington '12, assistant editor at Marvel comics—March 20, 2017

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Profiles

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FUSE

We started this national group of student editors and writers and it now has an annual conference hosted by member institutions and a caucus that meets at AWP each year.

Flagship

A magazine of travel writing that publishes stories from students' cross-cultural experiences.

Sanctuary

An online genre/speculative literatures magazine focusing on the odd, experimental, unusual and weird.

The Squirrel

Susquehanna's student-run satirical news source

Transformations

Scholarly student work from across the university comes together in one dazzling place.

Modern Language Studies

The scholarly journal of the Northeast Modern Language Association is edited and produced in its entirety here.

Red, Inc.

Susquehanna's Blog of Book Reviews, Literary Criticism, and the Like.

The Quill

Read the latest issue of our student-run weekly newspaper.

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