Combining graduate study in English and Children's Literature enhances our students' mastery of both programs — and we help them achieve their goals faster with our dual degree program. 

Our students bring multiple academic interests and a wide variety of experiences to the program. You'll have the opportunity to combine the study of specific genres in the English program with a concentrated study of Children's Literature and the specific theoretical approaches to that field. 

Learn more about the English and Children's Literature programs. 

Program Requirements

The dual degree in English and Children’s Literature is a 56 credit program consisting of 7 courses in Children’s Literature and 7 courses in English. 

The Children’s Literature component includes 5 core courses and 2 electives for a total of 28 credits.

Dual degree students are allowed a reduced course-load of 28 credits (instead of 32) for the English component of the dual degree. The 7 English courses include Contemporary Critical Theory (ENGL 405) and six English electives. 

Internships and Research
Our students take advantage of internships in Boston and beyond, building their skills and resumes and learning from mentors in their fields. Students have interned at publishing houses such as Delacorte, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Charlesbridge, Candlewick, Scholastic, Penguin, David Godine, and St. Martin's; at a variety of literary agenc​ies in Boston and New York; and at advocacy groups, such as Reach Out and Read and the Boston Book Festival. Some students also seek professional internships with local schools and libraries.
    Sheldon George
    • Sheldon George
    • Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in English
    • Phone: 617-521-2211
    • Office: C310G
    Cathryn Mercier
    • Cathryn Mercier
    • Professor, Director of the Children’s Literature Program, Director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature
    • Phone: 617-521-2541
    • Office: P310A
    Renee Bergland
    • Renee Bergland
    • Hazel Dick Leonard Professor of English
    • Phone: 617-521-2220
    • Office: C310E
    Pamela Bromberg
    • Pamela Bromberg
    • Professor and Department Chair of English
    • Phone: 617-521-2214
    • Office: C310F
    Kelly Hager
    • Kelly Hager
    • Associate Professor, English, and Department Chair, Women'
    • Phone: 617-521-2173
    • Office: C301F
    Megan Lambert
    • Megan Lambert
    • Senior Lecturer
    • Phone: 617-521-2576
    • Office: P310Q
    Suzanne Leonard
    • Suzanne Leonard
    • Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Cinema and Media Studies Minor
    • Phone: 617-521-2544
    • Office: C301D
    Lowry Pei
    • Lowry Pei
    • Professor of English
    • Phone: 617-521-2216
    • Office: W304L
    Richard Wollman
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