Publishing and Printing Arts


For more than 30 years, Pacific Lutheran University’s Department of English has offered a way to help students translate a love of books into an exciting professional career in publishing. The distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum in Publishing and Printing Arts (PPA) is highly respected by employers because it combines pre-professional skills and experience with the solid foundation of a liberal arts education. This six-course minor is designed to give students with talents and interests in writing, graphic design, communication, or business a head start into the world of publishing and a broad variety of related professions.

The PPA program readily complements majors concerned with language and the written word, such as English, languages, education, public relations, journalism, marketing, and graphic design. But students majoring in a wide spectrum of disciplines—from biology to music to anthropology—have discovered the value of a PPA minor, too. It both helps to connect them to publishing career opportunities in those fields and provides a richer understanding of the complex roles that written communications of all sorts play in our lives and in our modern world.

24 semester hours including:
Three core courses are required
12 semester hours
  • ENGL 311/COMA 321: The Book in Society
  • ENGL 312/COMA 322: Publishing Procedures
  • ENGL 313/ARTD 315: The Art of the Book I

In addition to the above 12 semester hour core, students take three elective courses (12 semester hours) selected from at least two of the following categories:

All English writing courses beyond WRIT 101, including ENGL 393
  • Approved courses in Communication: COMA 215, 343, 344, 360
  • Approved courses in Business: BUSA 203, 305, 308, 340, 358, 361, 363, 364
  • or in Communication: COMA 275, 361, 362, 421, 461
Approved courses in Art, English, or Communication:
  • ARTD 210, 220, 310, 320, 370, 410, 420, 470
  • ENGL 314 or COMA 275, 401, 426, 427

Up to two courses (8 semester hours) can be counted toward both a PPA minor and other requirements, such as general education program elements, another minor, or a major.

As part of their minor in Publishing and Printing Arts, students are encouraged to acquire practical experience in publishing-related work outside the classroom.