Writing for Children & Children's Literature
Recognizing the number of adults concerned with sharing a rich literary heritage with young people and dedicated to more effectively eliciting refined responses to literature, the Center for the Study of Children's Literature offers a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Writing for Children and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Children's Literature. This dual degree program engages students in a rigorous and disciplined academic study of children's literature. The MFA program has a strong theoretical underpinning and applies a high level of scholarly analysis to children's literature in order for students to develop a critical vocabulary essential for appraising text and illustration. The M.A. program engages students in a rigorous and disciplined academic study of children's literature, providing specialized study to those who are, or intend to be, involved in academia, library services, editing, publishing, or affiliated fields. The curriculum emphasizes historical and critical analysis, including feminist, ideology, and multicultural perspectives, with interdisciplinary coursework drawing upon art, history, education, sociology, psychology, and media studies. This 14 course program requires the following courses: CHL 401, CHL 403, CHL 413, CHL 414, CHL 421, one historical course, two writing courses, three electives, and three courses of independent study with a mentor.