Editing & Publishing

Editing and publishing minors study writing, communication, and the art and business of digital and traditional publishing. Students develop their skills through multidisciplinary courses in art, business, English and media arts. They also gain practical experience with the student newspaper and the university’s literary magazine and scholarly journals, as well as on- and off-campus jobs and internships.


  • Study a cross-section of art, business, English and media arts
  • Gain experience and insight in digital and traditional publishing
  • Produce Silk Road, an internationally distributed literary arts magazine, PLUM: Pacific’s Literature by Undergraduates Magazine, and scholarly journals
  • Read and assess poetry, fiction and nonfiction submitted by others and enhance your own writing skills
  • Meet and work with leading editors and publishers in the Portland area
  • Develop skills in writing, communication and publishing that can be applied to a variety of career fields


The editing and publishing minor includes courses from a number of disciplines, including the art of bookmaking, business marketing, graphic design, and writing and editing. The Pacific University Libraries offer insights in periodical publication, book selection and new media. Students also have internship and on-the-job learning opportunities with Pacific Index, the campus newspaper; Silk Road, the twice-a-year literary arts magazine; PLUM, Pacific's Literature by Undergraduates Magazine; with publications by the Berglund Center; and with scholarly journals.


Students with experience in editing and publishing are prepared for a wide variety of careers. They have studied, read and assessed writing and have learned the complexities of getting their own works published. They have made connections in the local editing and publishing industry, and they have experience taking projects from beginning to end. Some will go on to publish their own writing, while others will work in publishing houses or as editors of magazines, newspapers or books. Others will use the communication skills they learn in editing and publishing to bolster their success in business and marketing, or in technical writing, such as for scientific journals. Our graduates operate small presses, work as graphic designers and web content writers, and are published authors.

Department of English

The Department of English also offers programs in English literature and creative writing. Pacific also offers a low-residency master of fine arts in writing program.

Director of Pacific Libraries
Director of Creative Writing & Professor