The degree requires the completion of 36 hours of graduate course credit. This includes four required courses (12 credit hours):

  • History of Children’s Literature
  • Diversity Issues in Youth Literature
  • Literary Theory and Youth Literature
  • Materials for Children or Materials for Young Adults

The degree also requires the completion of six elective courses (18 credit hours). You will choose from among the following options:

  • Storytelling
  • Picture Books and Emergent Literature
  • Digital Humanities
  • Book Reviewing and Publishing for Children and Young Adults
  • Fairy Tale Fantasy and Contemporary Media for Young Adults
  • The Fantasy Tradition in Children’s Literature
  • Graphic Novels
  • History of Folk and Fairy Tales for Youth
  • Picture Book Illustration
  • Bologna Children’s Book Fair
  • Independent Study/Research

In your last two semesters of study, you will complete a thesis (6 credit hours) that demonstrates your mastery of the program’s objectives.