MA program in children's literature at Shiraz University
As the establishment of independent programs in children's literature is one of the requirements for the recognition of children's literature as an academic discipline, a main objective of SUCCLS is to establish children's literature Program as prescribed in the Center's Articles of Association discussed in the SUCCLS preliminary meetings.
Regarding the interdisciplinary nature of children's literature and the rich background knowledge in Literature, Education, Psychology, Sociology, and the like required of the applicants, it was decided that the Program be offered at Master's level. This would allow the BA graduates in aforementioned majors and other relevant fields to further their studies in children's literature.
To develop the curriculum, the children's literature curricula at MA level in all the international universities offering the program were reviewed and discussed in several meetings for about 6 months, and the children's literature MA curriculum including the list of courses and course syllabuses was eventually designed. Although children's literature is defined as an interdisciplinary major, the Program will be centrally run by the Department of Persian Literature.
The Children's Literature Program officially passed the Shiraz University Board of Directors, and was submitted by the Deputy Director of Graduate Studies to the Council of Development at the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology on August 20, 2007. The Program was finally approved by the Council on August 19, 2009, and the first group of qualified applicants are admitted to the Program in the academic year of 2010-2011 at the Department of Persian Literature, Shiraz University.
Supporting MA Theses and PhD Dissertations
The centre supports MA theses and PhD dissertations in two ways:
Advising the students: SUCCLS's contribution will be acknowledged in the theses and two copies of the text will be submitted to the centre.
SUCCLS will award outstanding MA theses and PhD dissertations biannually.