Fall 2012 Courses

Fall 2012 Courses

This semester, join Mythgard Institute – and Signum University, our partner in learning – as we embark on three intriguing course offerings.  The wonderful Dr. Amy H. Sturgis – of StarShipSofa fame – is back with the first half of a two semester tour of 200 years of Science Fiction literature.  Dr. Corey Olsen, our president and The Tolkien Professor, is delving into The Hobbit right on the eve of its 75th anniversary and Peter Jackson’s new film.  And at Signum, Dr. Philip Walsh  will be presenting an intensive follow up course to his summer introductory Latin class.

Learn what you’ll love about each of our new offerings by reading the summaries below or click through to get more in depth.


Science Fiction, Part I

What does it mean to be human? Are we alone? What wonders or terrors will tomorrow hold? Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she explores the ways in which the literature of science fiction over time has asked the question: “What if?” This course will consider the development of the genre from “proto-SF” writings through the Golden Age….

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The Story of The Hobbit

This course will examine the life of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  We will examine several important precursors of the book, works that helped establish the genre in which Tolkien was writing, or which influenced Tolkien’s own thinking.  Dr. Corey Olsen will be joined in this class by distinguished guest lecturers – John D. Rateliff and Douglas A. Anderson and will also explore the film adaptations, including a bonus lecture of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey….

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Elementary Latin II

Taught by Dr. Philip Walsh and offered through Signum University, ‘Elementary Latin II’ is an intensive course designed to introduce you to the basic elements of the Latin language. It will emphasize the fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension – in other words, all of the tools necessary to develop a sound reading proficiency in Latin….

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Questions about enrolling? Visit our Embark section to learn about taking the courses for M.A. credit or auditing – and get started on your application!