Children's Literature

The English Department also offers a range of Children's Literature courses. Only one Children’s Literature course may be counted toward the twelve courses required for the major:

ENGL 212 Children’s Literature
ENGL 217 The History of Children’s Literature
ENGL 219 Young Adult Literature
ENGL 394 Workshop in Children’s Literature
ENGL 399 Current Trends in Children’s Literature

ENGL 212 Children’s Literature
A study of literature for children from pre-school through grade 6. The course examines classic and contemporary board books, picture books, chapter books, and pre-adolescent texts. Through an exploration of seminal authors, works, genres, and criticism, the course emphasizes trends and developments in children’s literature. An introduction to basic bibliographic tools and review media is included.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 217 The History of Children’s Literature
A survey of children’s literature from the eighteenth century to the present. Topics may include early chapbooks, picture books, and the development of the novel for children. Students examine changing representations of the child and the role literature has played in defining childhood.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 219 Young Adult Literature
A study of literature for young adults from grades 6 through 12. The course examines classic and contemporary works from a variety of fictional genres, including realism, fantasy and science fiction, as well as poetry. An introduction to basic bibliographic tools and review media is included.
Note: Students may not receive credit for both 21.395 Literature for Young Adults and 21.219 Young Adult Literature
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 394 Workshop in Children’s Literature
A workshop which explores the relationship between children’s books and the curriculum of grades K-8. Emphasis is on interdisciplinary and multi-age approaches. Diverse activities provide background for discussion of the literary genres represented in traditional and contemporary writings for children and their application to classroom use.
Prerequisite: ENGL 212 Children’s Literature or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 399 Current Trends in Children’s Literature
A theoretically informed study of current books for children and young adults, with particular emphasis on literary developments, publishing and marketing trends, and recent academic debates. Students will consider the social, technological, and professional contexts in which children’s books are created, evaluated, and marketed. Note: This course does not satisfy the requirement of a 300-level literature course for the English major.
Prerequisite: Completion of one 200-level children’s literature course or permission of instructor.

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