Master of Library and Information Science (M.S.)/Children's Literature (M.A.) Dual Degree
"Simmons offers the only Library Science and Children's Literature program in the country. We take children, children's services, and children's literature very seriously."
Melanie Kimball, MS, PhD University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Library Science/Children's Literature dual degree program offers a unique opportunity for students interested in the synthesis and comparison of two unique approaches to children's literature to earn a professional (Master of Science) and an applied (Master of Arts) degree. As children's literature has re-entered mainstream discussions of both adult's and young people's reading, librarians, teachers, booksellers, and publishers are becoming more interested in critical and pragmatic discussions of this diverse and growing body of texts. The Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons has administered a Master of Arts in Children's Literature that studies historical, critical, and theoretical contexts in works for children. The Graduate School of Library and Information Science has offered specialized literature and services courses to those students interested in increasing their familiarity with these materials with an eye towards professional youth services in libraries. While both graduate degree programs reference the same literary history and body of material, each is characterized by distinct perspectives and methodologies.
For more information and to apply, please visit the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies website.