Arts for Children, Literary Arts Speciality

The recommendations below are for the Literary Arts Specialty only within the Arts for Children Major. For other specliaties, please see appropriate page.

Students with an affinity for all arts, a particular interest in one of five art forms (visual art, dance, literary arts, music or theatre), and an interest in working with children are invited to declare Interdisciplinary Arts for Children (IAC) as their major. Students should indicate an Arts for Children specialty area of art, dance studies, literary arts, music or theatre. Upon matriculation, students are assigned an advisor by the IAC advisement coordinator.

There is no portfolio requirement for entry to the Literary Arts Specialty, but students are required to meet with the IAC Program Director during their first semester at Brockport for an interview, to create a course outline toward graduation, and to discuss the Childhood Inclusive Certification option.


Required Courses in the Freshman Year

First Semester or Second Semester
  • ENG 210 Creative Writing
  • ART 101 Visual Art Experience
  • DNS 115 Introduction to Dance
  • MUS 105 Introduction to Music
  • THE 281 Creative Drama



General Education courses which also fulfill requirements for Childhood Inclusive Certification including HST 211 or 212, NAS 273 and GEP 115.

Note: Literary Arts Specialty students fulfill F and P requirements with ENG 210 (freshman year) so should not schedule other courses to fulfill these requirements.

Required Courses in the Sophomore Year

First Semester or Second Semester
  • IAC 280 Intro. to Related Arts for Children*
  • ENG 304 Fiction Writer’s Workshop
  • ENG 482 Children’s Literature (ENG 482 required for certification intent)
  • ENG 303 Intro. to Literary Analysis
  • ENG 305 Poetry Writer’s Workshop
  • THE 353 Children’s Theatre

* Prerequisite: introductory courses in art, dance, music, theatre

The degree in Arts for Children can be combined with certification in elementary education. Admission to this program, offered through the Department of Education and Human Development, requires a separate application usually prior to entering the junior year. Specific advisement is needed for both the Arts for Children Interdisciplinary Major and the teacher education certification program. It is important to meet with the IAC Program Director as soon as possible to discuss pre-requisite course sequences for both programs.

Consult the Course catalog or website ( for the complete listing of arts for children core, Literary Arts specialty and required courses in other arts disciplines.


Grade Requirement

This major/program requires a grade of C or above in all courses used to fulfill major requirements. Courses with C- CANNOT be applied and must be repeated.