Institute for American Thought

Institute for American Thought

Professional Editing

Jon Eller with studentGraduate Program

The Professional Editing graduate certificate program provides an interdisciplinary range of core and elective courses designed for graduate students who want to study the techniques and consequences of traditional editing procedures, learn how corrupted texts of the past can be recovered and disseminated for readers today, and explore how these procedures are evolving in reaction to the rapidly changing technical communications environment of the information age. The certificate is a stand-alone graduate professional credential, but students in the English and History graduate programs can earn the certificate by completing the Professional Editing concentration embedded in the specific discipline.

Students enrolled in the graduate certificate program will be required to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours, which include completion of any one of several three-course core concentrations (9-12 hours) and one or more open electives (3-6 hours). Courses satisfying each requirement are identified below; full course descriptions are provided in the Bulletin sections for the departmental graduate programs where these courses reside.

Due to the unique nature of this program you must contact the program director, Professor David Pfeifer, depfeife@iupui.edu,  278.2306 for an interview before completing the Graduate Online Application. There is an application fee involved; so we do not want you to apply unless you qualify. After your interview, if Professor Pfeifer tells you to do so, complete the application process at: http://www.iupui.edu/~gradoff/admissions 

Courses in the two Scholarly Editing concentrations are offered most frequently. These courses are taught by faculty affiliated with the Institute for American Thought and its resident scholarly editing projects: the Frederick Douglass Papers, the Peirce Edition Project, and the Santayana Edition.  Experience with the teaching faculty and editing laboratories of Institute’s scholarly editions extends to the Professional Editing areas of the program through at least one editions-based core course in each concentration.

Core options: three courses, 9-12 credit hours. Complete one of the following field concentrations, or (with advisor approval) create a three-course concentration combining relevant courses from the five editorial fields:

Scholarly Editing I: Critical Texts (12 cr.)

  • L501 Professional Scholarship in Literature (4 cr.)
  • L680 Topics: Textual Theory and Textual Criticism (4     cr.)
  • L701 Descriptive Bibliography and Textual Problems (4     cr.)

Scholarly Editing II: Documentary Texts (11 cr.)

  • H501 Historical Methodology (4 cr.)
  • H543 Internship: Practicum in Public History (4 cr.)
  • H547 Topics: Historical Editing (3 cr.)