Doctoral Degree Program
As detailed in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bulletin, an MA in Editorial Studies is not a prerequisite for the PhD Relevant advanced study, however, is required. Based on the assessment of a faculty advisor, a student may need to take a course or courses from the MA program in order to be prepared for doctoral study. In addition to taking some of the MA program courses, eight semester courses (32 credits) and a dissertation related to editing are required for the degree. Computer literacy is essential.
Of the eight required courses, four are taken in the Institute. Ordinarily, the remaining coursework consists of two directed studies with the student’s dissertation advisor, and two related courses in another department at the University, all of which must be relevant to the subject of the dissertation and approved by a student’s dissertation advisor. Students are jointly supervised in coursework and the writing of the dissertation, ordinarily by a director of the Institute and one or two adjunct professors drawn from, or approved by, the Advisory Committee.
Learn more about our current PhD candidates here.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) and the Editorial Institute guarantee five full years (twelve months each) of financial support for students who maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. This support will be in the form of Teaching Fellowships, Research Assistantships, and Graduate Fellowships. Funding beyond five years is generally provided (but not guaranteed) to students who are working productively toward the PhD degree. The time limit for completion of the PhD is seven years (exceptions require a petition to GRS). A leave of absence of up to two semesters is permitted for appropriate cause, but the leave period counts towards the seven-year timer limit. The following achievements are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress:
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Have no more than 2 failing grades (lower than B-or an incomplete grade older than 12 months)
- Other milestones on the recommended schedule specified below
End of 1st year:
- Complete Coursework
- Pass Language Examination if applicable
End of 2nd year:
- Pass Qualifying Examination
End of 3rd year:
- Submit Dissertation Prospectus
End of 4th year:
- Submit Abstract
- Final Oral Examination
Courses for the PhD
CAS EI 507 Publishing Procedures
Professor Marilyn Gaull
“Publishing Procedures” is a graduate course at the Editorial Institute. It examines the history, principles, theory and practices of book publication focusing on scholarly and serious trade monographs and text books. The course is designed for scholars and writers, for anyone who reads, writes, buys, collects, produces or sells books. Among the many goals of the course: to introduce all the processes involved in publishing, their origins and purposes, to cultivate an appreciation for books and their history, to complete a single long project, work collaboratively, and write at a professional level. Participants will be asked to sign a contract at the start of term agreeing to complete all assignments on time, to attend and participate in all classes.
Part I: Publishing practices are shaped by history. They begin in ancient public inscriptions and retain those first, unique and surviving functions: to preserve and disseminate laws, religious rituals, historical records, and business transactions. Following an introduction to these publishing precedents , we collect and analyze the histories of major trade and university publishers.
The first part of the course concludes with our reconstituting ourselves as a publishing house. The major goal: to create texts for a course in publishing procedures. During the semester, students collect and organize commentary from our meetings and add relevant material for each stage of publishing. Among the preliminary legalities, we consider contracts, copyright, intellectual property, permissions, and plagiarism, in an historical context with case studies We learn how publishing is financed by creating a business plan, assessing needs, costs/expenses, and sources of capital.
Part II: The publication process begins with historical precedents– how contemporary practices evolved out of historical conventions. It includes learning to read as a publisher/editor, to identify a publishable topic, to develop and evaluate a proposal, and present to a board. In the section on editing, we learn the history and practice of manuscript preparation and processing , how to turn words into print, the five stages of editing, design, fonts, budget, paper, cover, index, proofs and proof reading. With historical precedents, we consider the mechanics of production, printing, imposition, collation, and binding.
Part III: In an historical context, we consider marketing, distribution, post-publication legalities, endorsements, reviews (including writing a book review) and electronic dissemination. In this part of the course, we also explore, again, in an historical context, the profession of publishing, the attitudes, skills, and practices that are required, the professional associations, and return to our narratives of publishing houses and publishers. We conclude with a formal launch of our books, with presentations, guests, and celebration.
The Theory and Practice of Literary Editing (GRS EI 701)
Meets with CAS EI 501. An introduction to the theory, practice, and principles of editorial decisions, such as questions of modernization, revision, and annotation. Featuring several speakers and attending to notable editorial achievements.
Annotation (GRS EI 703)
Studies in allusions, sources, dating, topical contexts, annotation as part of the work itself, and marginal glosses, among other topics.
Editions (GRS EI 704)
A consideration of the major editions of an author or authors. Subject varies.
Advanced Topics in Editing: Word and Image (GRS EI 802)
A historical and critical description of the relation between printed text and forms of illustration in selected works dating from 1500 to the present.
Directed Study (GRS EI 901/902)
Supervised research toward the PhD dissertation.