Courses

Introduction to Germanic Philology II

This class provides an introduction to Germanic comparative philology in a broad sense. Students are not expected to have prior familiarity with any language other than modern English.

Modern Fantasy II

This course explores fantasy literature written over the past 60 years with an examination of the works of six modern fantasy authors.

Lewis & Tolkien

In this course, students will examine the friendship and works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and their influence upon each other.

Classical Myths and Legends

This course puts the myths and legends of the Classical world in their wider cultural and historical contexts.

The Life and Times of the English Epic

In this course, students will study the evolution of the English Epic over time.

Germanic Myths and Legends

This course puts the myths and legends of the medieval Germanic world in their wider cultural and historical contexts.

The Inklings and King Arthur

This course explores how J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and other Inklings authors interpreted the Arthurian legends in their work.

Tolkien in Context

This course examines how Tolkien’s subcreated world of Middle-earth engages with issues and concepts relevant to readers, including racism, immigration, the place of women, the ongoing battle of good versus evil, environmental concerns and the rise of technology.

Thesis Planning: Language & Literature

This is a one-semester, three-credit course that consists of reading, research, and assignments completed in one-on-one consultation with a Director.

Students may register for this course only after their thesis topic is approved by the thesis coordinator.

Master’s Thesis: Language & Literature

This is a one-semester, three-credit course during which students will write their thesis, the culminating project for an M.A. in Language & Literature. Prerequisite: LITZ6398: Thesis Research