Publishing and Printing Arts

Solveig Robinson, Ph.D., Director

shakespeare_folioPacific Lutheran University offers students a way to translate their 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 five-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, history, 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. PPA helps students connect publishing career opportunities in their fields and highlights the continuing importance of written communications in our modern world.

Publishing and Printing Arts Minor

20 semester hours including:

  • Three core courses are required
    12 semester hours
    • PPAP 301/ENGL 311/COMA 321: The Book in Society
    • PPAP 302/ENGL 312/COMA 322: Publishing Procedures
    • PPAP 321/ENGL 313/ARTD 315: The Art of the Book I

In addition to the above 12 semester hour core, students take two elective courses (8 semester hours) selected from two of the following categories:

  • Writing/Editing
    • All English writing courses beyond WRIT 101, including ENGL 393
    • Approved courses in Communication or Publishing & Printing Arts: COMA 215, 342, 343, PPAP 491, 495
  • Marketing/Management
    Approved courses in Business, Communication, or Publishing and Printing Arts:

    • BUSA 203, 305, 308, 340, 358, 361, 362, 363, 364
    • COMA 361, 421, 461
    • PPAP 491, 495
  • Design/Production
    Approved courses in Art, English, Communication, or Publishing & Printing Arts:
    • ARTD 210, 220, 310, 320, 370, 410, 420, 470
    • COMA 226, 229, 401, 426, 429
    • PPAP 322/ENGL 314, PPAP 491, 495
  • History
    Approved courses in English, History, or Publishing & Printing Arts:

    • ENGL 235, 334
    • HIST 248, 325, 346
    • PPAP 491, 495

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

Publishing and Printing Arts (PPAP)

PPAP 301 : The Book in Society

A critical study of the history of book culture and the role of books in modern society. Cross-listed with COMA 321, ENGL 311. (4)

PPAP 302 : Publishing Procedures

A workshop introduction to the world of book publishing, involving students in decisions about what to publish and how to produce it. Cross-listed with COMA 322, ENGL 312. (4)

PPAP 321 : The Art of the Book I - AR

This studio course explores the history, aesthetics, and creative dimensions of book design and typography. Prerequisite: Declared PPA minor or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ARTD 315, ENGL 313. (4)

PPAP 322 : The Art of the Book II - AR

Individual projects to explore further typography and fine bookmaking. Prerequisite: PPAP 321 / ARTD 315 / ENGL 313 with a B grade or better or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ENGL 314. (4)

PPAP 491 : Independent Study

To provide individual undergraduate students with advanced study not available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as IS: followed by the specific title designated by the student. (1 to 4)