From Books to Careers!

The Children’s Literature Program at EMU is one of the oldest in the United States. We maintain this tradition by teaching courses in children’s literature, young adult literature, mythology, and folklore. We also offer cutting-edge courses in such diverse areas as children’s media and culture, multicultural children’s literature, global children’s literature, queer children’s literature, Jewish children’s literature, illustrated texts, and various special topics. We hope you’ll come join us!

We now offer a new major, Children's and Young Adult Literature! Within this major, students choose a concentration (literary analysis, publishing or theatre for the young) that best prepares them for their chosen career or further study. We also continue to build our minor in Children's Literature.

  • Jobs We Get

    A degree in children's literature allows graduates to pursue a wide variety of careers, including:

    • library technician, librarian*
    • publisher, author, editor, bookseller
    • elementary teacher, high school teacher, university professor*
    • communications director, project manager
    • children's media, children's television, children's marketing, children's licensing

    Our alumni have become editors at MacMillan Learning, content specialists for Volkswagon Group of America, librarians and library clerks, teachers (primary and secondary) and successful children's and young adult authors. Meet some of our alumni!

    *Please note that some careers may require additional degrees.

  • Course Offerings in Children's Literature

    View Children's Literature course offerings for upcoming terms by visiting the course schedule page.

    Courses include:

    CHL 137: Harry Potter: Literary Allusion, Popular Culture, and Children's Literature (3 hrs) 

    CHL 207: Introduction to Children's Literature (3 hrs) 
(Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines: Humanities)
    CHL 208: Multicultural Children's Literature (3 hrs) (Area III: Perspectives on a Diverse World: U.S. Diversity)
    CHL 209: Global Children's Literature (3 hrs) (Area III: Perspectives on a Diverse World: Global Awareness)
    CHL 351: World Mythology (3 hrs) 

    CHL 352: Folk Literature: Ballads and Folk Tales (3 hrs) 

    CHL 353: Genders and Sexualities in Literature for Younger Readers (3 hrs)

    CHL 354: Children's Literature in Grades PK-3 (2 hrs)

    CHL 355: Children's Literature in Grades 3-6 (2 hrs)
    CHL 450-W: Children's Literature: Criticism and Response (3 hrs) 

    CHL 451-W: Writing about Controversy in Literature for the Young (3 hrs) 

    CHL 453: Illustrated Texts: Picture Books, Comics and Graphic Novels (3 hrs) 

    CHL 455: Adolescent Literature (3 hrs) 

    CHL456-W: Jewish Children's and Adolescent Literature (3 hrs)

  • Study Abroad Opportunities

    We often offer Study Abroad opportunities. Recently, students have traveled to Oxford and London, UK, as part of the Harry Potter Experience study abroad class!

    While there, students have the opportunity to

    • enjoy a guided tour of Harry Potter film sites
    • visit Christ Church College to see the model for Hogwarts
    • explore the Warner Bros. studio tour
    • discover iconic sites such as the British Library, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, and many more!

    Please refer to the Study Abroad office for information regarding future experiences.

  • Graduate Placement Record

    Many of our alumni have continued their studies at the graduate level, including placements at: 

    • Ph.D.: Auburn University
    • Ph.D.: Ohio State University
    • Ph.D.: University of Florida
    • Ph.D.: Michigan State University
    • MLIS: University of Michigan

Additional Information

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Alumni Stories

Our alumni are editors, content specialists, librarians and library clerks, teachers and authors.


Children's literature undergraduate students are welcome to apply to scholarships.