Why study Copyediting and Publishing?

The Certificate in Copyediting and Publishing is designed for students interested in the production and delivery of both print and digital texts. Students who complete the certificate will earn a credential with easily recognizable value in the publishing world, preparing them to become skilled copyeditors, editorial assistants, and publishing professionals who can compete in a diverse local and national marketplace that includes editing opportunities in book publishing, literary and trade publications, online content editing, and corporate communications. 

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

In addition to Copyediting and Publishing, the English program offers certificates in Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Medical Humanities; in Literary Journalism jointly with the Journalism program; and English courses play a role in the curriculum requirements of several interdisciplinary certificates, including Digital Engagement and Film & Media Studies.

Students who pursue a certificate in Copyediting and Publishing should desire to build on their strengths in writing, reading, and critical thinking. The undergraduate Copyediting and Publishing (CEP) certificate prepares you to work in a range of professional environments where close reading and editing skills are imperative to generating clear and effective communication. Courses in the program incorporate elements of textual, visual, and digital editing, literary and book publishing, and experiential learning opportunities as well as access to industry professionals. 

Intended to complement a Bachelor's degree with more specialized coursework, the certificate will communicate to potential employers students’ readiness to meet the growing demand for editors in a variety of fields, genres, and professional contexts. Career opportunities include positions as digital editors, associate editors, copywriters, content strategists, and web content editors. 

Contact the program director, whose name and information appear at the top of this screen.

In addition to studying specific strategies and skills in editing and publishing, you will gain valuable experience in the publishing industry through an internship. Additionally, the faculty in the program are all award-winning and experienced faculty who will provide individual attention to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-extensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Experiential learning

English students can intern with local businesses, nonprofits, university offices, state agencies, media outlets, and more, and earn college credit while developing reading and writing skills. Students can also gain valuable experience by taking research-intensive or service learning courses, by studying abroad, and by entering their work in the department’s writing contest each year.

Our Copyediting and Publishing program takes an innovative approach to experiential learning that incorporates service learning through client-based projects and internships.

Renowned faculty

Faculty are experienced professional writers and editors with many years of experience in fields such as business, medicine and healthcare, science, technology, social sciences, and technical and environmental writing.

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Lora Anderson or Laura Micciche
248 Arts & Sciences Hall
PO Box 210069
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-5924

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Program Code: 15CRT-CEP-C1