Undergraduate Models

Children’s Literature

Children’s Literature is an emerging field in literary studies. The undergraduate specialization provides the student with a solid background in the historical, cultural, artistic, and critical dimensions of literature written for, and/or read by/to children. The University of Florida is an excellent place to develop this concentration because of the number of faculty in the English department who are interested in and actively teaching courses in the field, and because of the extensive holdings of children’s books in the Smathers libraries (the world-famous Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature alone has over 90,000 volumes from the 18th century to the present). This concentration serves as a foundation for careers in publishing and writing for children, in education, and in media, as well as for graduate work and academic careers in English or education. Children’s literature is also a valuable complement to majors other than English, such as anthropology, fine arts, journalism, history, and the social sciences. The English department offers courses in both the theory and writing of children’s literature.

The basic core curriculum in the field should include the undergraduate sequence offered by the English department:

These four courses include:
At least two other courses with overlapping concerns should be added to this core group. The following is an example:

To supplement these required courses, students should take four additional courses that would provide a broader view of English, American, and World Literatures and introduce some basic approaches of critical theory.

Some courses from other disciplines (outside electives) may prove helpful to this concentration:


Department of English faculty who regularly teach courses in this model include: