Spring 2013 Courses

This semester, join Mythgard Institute for a journey into three remarkable course offerings on Science Fiction, Tolkien’s beloved The Hobbit and his greater mythology and world building – and our partner in learning, Signum University will be giving students another opportunity to discover the Latin language.

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


Science Fiction, Part II

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 the emergence of the New Wave in the 1960s to today….

Jack in and discover Science Fiction, Part II

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….

Get the details about The Story of The Hobbit

Tolkien’s World of Middle-earth

Join Dr. Verlyn Flieger for a study of Tolkien’s major fiction.  The class will start by looking at the theory behind his work, including his two major essays, Beowulf: The Monsters & the Critics and On Fairy-stories.  Journeying further into Tolkien’s mythology, students will read Beowulf and The Silmarillion and discover how a hobbit named Bilbo and his magic ring fit into this world – and have continued to affect our own….

Travel into Tolkien’s World of Middle-earth

Elementary Latin I Encourse

Elementary Latin I 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.  This Encourse was recorded in Summer 2012 by Dr. Philip Walsh and features Dr. Carol Leibiger as live preceptor….

Get caught up on Elementary Latin I


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!