Children and Culture

Children and Culture: Concentration in Children's Literature

Required Courses:

ENGLIT 0506: Literary Field Studies

ENGLIT 1900: Project Seminar in research methods

ENGLIT 1910: Senior Seminar

Historical Period courses:

Choose any two period courses from the Children and Culture concentration (see the list below).


Choose any seven elective courses; at least four of them should come from the Children and Culture concentration. Students can apply for approval from the Literature Director to count an elective not previously listed in a given area of concentration.

  • All electives must be 0500-level or above, and at least three of them must be at the 1000-level. Download an easy-to-use chart of 1000-level courses and the requirements they satisfy.
  • Students may take up to two courses from the other programs in English (Writing, Film, Composition) designated within their area of concentration. Approved courses are listed below; students can apply for special approval from the Literature Director to count others.
  • At least one course should fulfill the breadth of study requirement (marked with *). Depending on the syllabus and instructor, one of your required courses or a Special Topics course may fulfill this requirement—simply ask your advisor.

Note: Courses such as ENGLIT 1901: Independent Study, ENGLIT 1904: Undergraduate TA, and ENGLIT 1907: Literature Internship may count toward any concentration, depending on the nature of the student’s work. Please consult the advising office for proper credit.

Below are the regular, designated courses for each concentration. We’ll update this list often and will add new courses in the coming years, too. Some titles have been changed; if you think you have already taken a course in a concentration under its old title, consult the course listing (ENGLIT xxxx) to verify that it’s the same one.


  • ENGLIT 0550: Introduction to Popular Culture
  • ENGLIT 0560: Children and Culture
  • ENGLIT 0562: Childhood’s Books
  • ENGLIT 0617: Changing Families
  • ENGLIT 0620: Graphic Novel*
  • ENGLIT 0636: Gothic Imagination
  • ENGLIT 0644: Myth and Folktale
  • ENGLIT 0645: Fantasy
  • ENGLIT 0647: Harry Potter: Blood, Power, Culture
  • ENGLIT 0655: Representing Adolescence
  • ENGLIT 1028: Literature and Psychoanalysis
  • ENGLIT 1384: Banned Books*
  • ENGLIT 1587: Utopian Literature
  • ENGLIT 1635: Children in Pittsburgh
  • ENGLIT 1645: Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

Period Courses in this area:

  • ENGLIT 0510: Making the Book
  • ENGLIT 1010: Magical Nature Before the Modern World
  • ENGLIT 1170: Romantic Nature
  • ENGLIT 1175: 19th Century British Literature
  • ENGLIT 1180: Humans, Animals, Machines in Victorian Literature
  • ENGLIT 1200: Colonies to Nation in American Literature
  • ENGLIT 1225: 19th Century African American Literature*
  • ENGLIT 1382: Prized Books

Courses from other programs:

  • ENGCMP 0550: Introduction to Popular Culture
  • ENGCMP 1551: History and Politics of the English Language
  • ENGCMP 1552 Language, Literacy, and Learning
  • ENGFLM 1479: Children and Media
  • ENGFLM 1481: Youth Film
  • ENGFLM 1670: Global Anime
  • ENGFLM 1680: Animation
  • ENGFLM 1752: Television Analysis
  • ENGWRT 0540: Writing Youth Literature
  • ENGWRT 1540: Writing Youth Literature II