English

Journalism, Editing & Publishing

WC Journalism, Editing & Publishing (JEP) Minor 

Students interested in the fields of journalism, and editing & publishing are invited to deepen their understanding and practice a range of applicable skills within the classroom. Whether through interviewing members of the College community for news story in Intro to Journalism or learning how to screen poetry submissions in Literary Editing and Publishing, students will develop and strengthen the essential skills of critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis. Furthermore, the minor will foster increased creativity and clarity of expression through a study of writing in a range of different styles and modes. The minor should appeal not only to English majors but also to Communications majors as well as to a host of students majoring in the humanities, social sciences, and even the natural sciences.

The Sophie Kerr fund also supports the justly famous Sophie Kerr Prize (at $63,611 in 2018, the largest undergraduate literary prize in the country), as well as student scholarships, library collection development, and professional development for English Department faculty. The Literary House supervises over 50 learning opportunities and internships for students, as well as provides a space where students can explore letterpress and bookmaking in the print studio.  

Course Requirements:

Students must take a total of six (6) courses (22-24 credits) and attend six (6) literary events to complete the JEP minor. Special topics courses, which will also count in some categories, will vary each semester.

NOTE: Students majoring and/or minoring in another English program (including the English major and the Journalism, Editing & Publishing minor) may only double-count two courses (up to 8 credits) total.

Gateway: 2 courses (8 credits)
Choose two (2) courses from:
  • ENG 101: Literature and Composition
  • ENG 103: Intro to Creative Writing
  • ENG 201: The Art of Rhetoric
  • ENG 221: Introduction to Nonfiction
  • ENG 224: Intro to Journalism
  • CMS 101: Intro to Communication & Media Studies
Advanced Courses: 3 courses (12 credits)

Choose three (3) advanced courses from the list below, as well as additional ENG dept “special topics” Journalism or Editing & Publishing courses:

  • ENG 354 Literary Editing & Publishing
  • ENG 393/493 Journalism Practicam (must take both)
  • ENG 454 Nonfiction Workshop
  • ENG 394/494 Special Topic focused on Journalism or Editing & Publishing

NOTE: Students are allowed to count one (1) class on media from ANT 420: Media and Power, BUS 451: Advertising, POL 334: Media and Politics, SOC 294: Media and Society, or a related discipline with permission of the Chair of English.

Internship: 1 course (2 or 4 credits)

At least one (1) 2-4 credit internship. The internship can be completed either on or off campus during the academic year or the summer.

  • ENG 390/490: Journalism or Editing & Publishing Internship
Events: Attendance at 6 literary events. 

Students are required to sign the official attendance form at the event in order to be credited with attendance.