A publishing major at Hastings College gives you hands-on experiences in creating printed books and ebooks, covering everything from copy editing and proofreading to book design and binding — the skills you need to break into book production, publishing and other fields that require a high attention to detail and strong communication skills.
Accomplished faculty who know the latest industry trends work with you to build your confidence and expertise in all facets of publishing. Through coursework you'll learn about design and styles and how readers perceive printed and digital texts. Writing and editing courses within the Languages and Literatures Department give you the skills to work to polish and proof copy — and opportunities in graphic design let you create book covers and other art elements that give a perfect touch to the words inside.
Graduate with experience
Publishing majors at Hastings College take all their classroom work and put it to practice at the Hastings College Press. You’ll proof manuscripts, layout pages, design covers and then print and bind books used by fellow students on campus and sold all over the country. You'll style and format digital editions like ePub used by Amazon Kindle and other e-readers. These are the demonstrable skills that help you stand out when applying for internships or that first job.
At every step in your path you'll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It's an experience that's true to Hastings College and you won't find it anywhere else.
Internships for publishing majors
As a publishing major at Hastings College, you'll be required to complete an internship. This is an incredibly valuable to way to gain professional experiences and build your resume — and our faculty will connect you with publishing houses and media companies across the country. We've even had students complete internships in Ireland!
The Hastings College Press also utilizes interns and is a great way to gain practical experience and insight right on campus.
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Go further with a Hastings education
Most Hastings students complete their degree in four years, and our four year guarantee is here to back it up. This means you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Across the curriculum, many higher level classes are open to non-majors, so you can add a language or study music when you’re ready. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.
Add expertise to your publishing degree
Many of our majors and minors pursue additional study in areas such as:
In fact, a publishing major or minor pairs well with nearly every major offered, as every field has publications.
Find scholarships for publishing majors
Your high school achievements both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. Plus talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics.