Certificate in Professional Editing

Certificate in Professional Editing

As a research center in the Institute for American Thought, the Bradbury Center provides students seeking a professional editing certificate a unique opportunity to work in a scholarly environment. 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 Raymond Haberski, haberski@iupui.edu, 317-278-1019 for an interview before completing the IUPUI Graduate Online Application. There may be an application fee involved; so we do not want you to apply unless you qualify. After your interview, if  Professor Haberski tells you to do so, complete the application process at: https://graduate.iupui.edu/admissions/.

The program covers the fundamental theories and methods involved in the practice of scholarly editing and other more general applications of professional editing. The program is taught in a laboratory-style environment and includes related technological applications found at the center of commercial and scholarly publishing today.

Choose one of these concentrations, and complete all three courses in it:

Scholarly Editing Concentration I: Critical Texts

  •       ENG-L506      Survey of Literary Criticism
  •       ENG-L680      Textual Theory and Textual Criticism
  •       ENG-L701      Descriptive Bibliography and Textual Problems

Professional Editing Concentration II: General–ONLINE

  •       ENG-W502 Fields of Editing: Theories and Practices
  •       ENG-W503 Technologies of Editing: Producing Letterpress & Electronic Texts
  •       ENG-W609 Directed Writing Project

Scholarly Editing Concentration II: Documentary Texts

  •       HIST-H501     Historiography
  •       HIST-H543     Internship: Practicum in Public History
  •       HIST-H547     Topics in Public History: Historical Editing

Select one or two open elective course(s)

To meet the 15-hour certificate minimum after completion of the chosen core concentration. Can include a lab course on TEI (Textual Editing Initiative)

  •       AMST-G 753 Independent Study
  •       ENG-L 590 Internship course

Potential projects for elective courses

  • Work with scholarly editors in the Institute for American Thought in projects including the Peirce Edition Project, Santayana Critical Edition, Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, and the Frederick Douglass Papers
  • Work with scholars at the Society for U.S. Intellectual History