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Academics

Children’s Literature Minor

The minor in children’s literature allows students in a wide variety of fields to benefit from programming and curriculum offered by the faculty of SDSU’s National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. Courses in the literature of young childhood and adolescence benefit students preparing for careers in education, psychology, social work, medicine, or any other field serving children.  See the minors page for more information.

Master of Arts Degree in English - Specialization in Children’s Literature

The Department of English and Comparative Literature offers graduate study leading to a Master of Arts in English. The M.A. student can choose to specialize in children’s literature. The M.A. program is particularly well-suited for students who anticipate further graduate work in a literature or rhetoric Ph.D. program or who intend to teach English in a community college or, after obtaining a credential, in a secondary school.  See the graduate program page for more information.

Children’s Literature Certificate

The Certificate in Children’s Literature allows students to benefit from the programming and curriculum offered by SDSU’s National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. Designed for students interested in education, library studies, writing for children/young adults, children’s/YA editing and publishing, and/or graduate study in children’s/YA literature, the certificate provides specialized study in children’s and young adult literature.  See the undergradutes certificates page for more information.

Children’s/Adolescent Literature Advanced Certificate

The Department of English and Comparative Literature offers an Advanced Certificate in Children’s/Adolescent Literature for those who may already have M.A. or Ph.D.s in other fields, for those who wish to undertake a shorter schedule of study than required for the M.A., for those wishing to update their knowledge (parents, teachers, librarians), and for postbaccalaureate students interested in children’s and adolescent books. Teachers and other professionals will use the certificate for advancement in employment; other students will find it to be an excellent professional entree or upgrade in publishing, editing, writing, or selling children’s books.  See certificate page for more information.

Courses

Each semester, the Department of English and Comparative Literature offers a number of undergraduate and graduate courses in Children's Literature. These courses cover a wide range of genres and periods, and include literature for younger children as well as adolescents. 

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 [or RWS 200]. English 306A and ENGL 306W must be taken concurrently. Satisfies Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement for students who have completed 60 units; completed Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 8 or higher (or earned a grade of C (2.0) or better in RWS 280, RWS 281 [or LING 281] if score on WPA was 6 or lower); and completed General Education requirements in Communication and Critical Thinking. Proof of completion of prerequisite(s) required: Test scores or verification of exemption; copy of transcript.

Critical and historical analysis of children’s literature in a variety of genres and forms. 

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 200 [or RWS 200]. ENGL 306A and 306W must be taken concurrently. Satisfies Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement for students who have completed 60 units; completed Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 8 or higher (or earned a grade of C (2.0) or better in RWS 280, RWS 281 [or LING 281] if score on WPA was 6 or lower); and completed General Education requirements in Communication and Critical Thinking. Proof of completion of prerequisite(s) required: Test scores or verification of exemption; copy of transcript.

Advanced composition; improvement of student skills through writing assignments based upon reading and work in the lecture part. Primarily designed to meet Graduation Writing Assessment and Literature requirements for Liberal Studies-Emphasis in Education. 

Analysis of influential and/or neglected literature for children and young adults in a variety of genres and forms.

Note: Not applicable to English or comparative literature majors. Majors are to take ENGL 501.

Prerequisite(s): Six lower division units in literature and/or creative writing.

Critical, historical, and ideological analysis of literature intended for and read by children in a variety of genres and forms.  

Note: This course cannot be used in place of ENGL 401 to satisfy General Education requirements.

Prerequisite(s): Six lower division units in literature and/or creative writing.

Critical, historical, and ideological analysis of adolescent literature to include works in a variety of forms and genres read by, written for, or that feature adolescents. 

Prerequisite(s): Six lower division units in literature and/or creative writing.

Topics in youth culture, literature, and media to include aesthetics, gender, multiculturalism, and sexuality. Fantasy, illustrated, non-fiction, and science fiction books. Maximum Credits: six units.