Why Study Children's Literature and Culture at PLU?

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PLU’s minor in Children’s Literature and Culture (CHLC) is designed to give students practical knowledge and critical literacy around childhood and youth. This minor helps students prepare for advanced study and careers in children’s and youth literature and media, childhood and youth studies, and related fields. Students in the CHLC minor engage in a popular and diversifying discipline with high standards for critical literacy and the university’s mission of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care.

The CHLC minor requires 20 semester hours of coursework.

Two required courses (8 semester hours):

  • ENGL 235: Children’s Literature
  • CHLC 336: Childhood Studies

Three elective courses (12 semester hours) from the following options:

  • ANTH 352: The Anthropology of Age
  • CLAS 350: Classical and Comparative Mythology
  • EDUC 205: Multicultural Perspectives in the Classroom
  • EDUC 385: Comparative Education
  • EDUC 428: Children’s Literature in the K-8 Curriculum
  • ENGL 326: Writing for Children
  • ENGL 334: Studies in Literature for Young Readers
  • POLS 345: Government and Public Policy
  • PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 320: Development Across the Lifespan
  • PSYC 420: Adolescent Psychology
  • NORD 241: Scandinavian Folklore
  • SOCW 245: Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SOCW 320: Child Welfare, A Global Perspective

When including at least one substantial project relating to childhood and youth, the following courses may also be used for the minor. Should a student wish to complete one or more of these options as a CHLC elective in a given semester, she or he must receive approval from the course instructor and the CHLC advisor before the end of the semester’s drop/add period:

  • ARTD 101: Drawing 1
  • ARTD 110: Graphic Design 1
  • ARTD 201: Drawing 2
  • ARTD 210: Graphic Design 2
  • COMA 301: Media and Cultural Criticism
  • COMA 401: Visual Culture
  • PPAP 301/ENGL 311/COMA 321: The Book in Society
  • MUSI 101: Introduction to Music
  • SOCW 287/387: Special Topics in Social Work

Up to two courses or 8 semester hours may be counted toward both a CHLC minor and another minor or major. Selected internships and topics courses on a childhood/youth theme may be included in the program with the approval of the CHLC director and the faculty member teaching the course.


Nathalie op de Beeck, Associate Professor
Department of English
Phone: 253-535-8773
email: nathalie.opdebeeck@plu.edu