Study old and new worlds, past and future worlds, real and unreal worlds.


Earn a graduate degree in imaginative literature.

Imagination is a wonderful thing. It allows us to build worlds and create futures, pasts, and alternate presents that can not only entertain and bring release, but can also help us understand our own world all the better.

Why Study Imaginative Literature?

Signum University is leading the way in the study of imaginative literature, including fantasy, science fiction, “weird fiction,” and other speculative stories. This concentration provides students with a solid grounding in a variety of imaginative stories, from myths and legends and pre-Tolkienian fantasy tales to modern sagas with sprawling worlds and technology-filled accounts of future and far-off societies. Imaginative Literature has literally no bounds and has the ability to lead readers (and writers) anywhere that the mind is capable of going.

Much of the literature studied in the courses offered in this concentration have been overlooked at best and at worst maligned by traditional academia and literati. Signum believes that imaginative literature includes some of the greatest – and oldest – stories ever told, showing that imagination is itself an important aspect of human culture and development.

Given the rapid changes occurring within today’s social, political, and cultural spheres, imaginative literature can give us the tools to explore ideas, both new and old, in ways that are otherwise impossible in the mundane world. Imaginative literature allows us to test out diverse philosophies, economic systems, social structures, and other “Big Ideas,” seeing how they could be implemented or adapted to our own situations, writ large or small.

Throughout history imaginative literature has offered an ongoing conversation – the history of which Dr. Amy H. Sturgis explores in her two-part Science Fiction course – giving authors, readers, scholars, and anyone else who wants to engage an opportunity to build on concepts and introduce their own alternate solutions to complex problems and interpretations of answers to age-old questions. The Imaginative Literature concentration at Signum University gives students a fresh, disciplined way of entering into this conversation to make their own contributions.

Out-of-this-World Scholarship

Signum University offers a whole new way of approaching science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative fiction as a discipline. As part of our premier degree program, the M.A. in Language & Literature, this concentration in Imaginative Literature offers students a great opportunity to study other worlds and ideas and apply them to real-world issues.

M.A. Program Details

For those who are not ready to commit to a full M.A. program, you can also enroll in our Graduate Diploma or sit in on Imaginative Literature courses as an auditor.

Imaginative Literature Lecturers

Dr. Corey Olsen

Dr. Corey Olsen – suit and tie

Dr. Dimitra Fimi

Dr. Amy H. Sturgis

Dr. Chad Andrews

Chad Andrews

Dr. Maggie Parke

Maggie Parke

Douglas A. Anderson

Brenton Dickieson

Gabriel Schenk

Gabriel Schenk

Dr. Verlyn Flieger

Dr. Verlyn Flieger

Dr. Faith Acker

Dr. Faith Acker

Imaginative Literature Courses

Signum University offers a wide variety of courses for the Imaginative Literature concentration, with new courses being added regularly. Students seeking a M.A. with a concentration in Imaginative Literature must take at least five of these courses; Graduate Diploma students who seek a concentration in Imaginative Literature must take at least four of these courses.

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITC 5302 C.S. Lewis and Mythologies of Love and Sex 12 weeks August 26, 2019
LITA 5308 Celtic Myth in Children’s Fantasy 12 Weeks May 4, 2020
LITE 5301 Dark Academia 12 weeks August 29, 2022
LITB 5311 Exploring Star Trek 12 weeks May 10, 2021
LITC 5303 Folkloric Transformations: Vampires & Big Bad Wolves 12 weeks August 31, 2020
LITB 5306 Literary Copernicus: The Cosmic Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft 12 Weeks January 14, 2019
LITB 5309 Literature, Film, and Technoculture 12 weeks January 15, 2018
LITA 5304 Modern Fantasy 12 Weeks August 26, 2019
LITA 5313 Modern Fantasy II 12 Weeks January 13, 2020
LITA 5310 Roots of the Mountain 12 Weeks August 25, 2014
LITB 5301 Science Fiction Part I 12 Weeks January 10, 2022
LITB 5302 Science Fiction, Part II 12 Weeks August 27, 2018
LITB 5304 Sherlock, Science and Ratiocination 12 Weeks January 11, 2021
LITD 5303 The Arthur Story 12 Weeks May 21, 2012
LITB 5303 The Dystopian Tradition 12 Weeks May 2, 2022
LITB 5307 The Force of Star Wars: Examining the Epic 12 Weeks August 24, 2015
LITB 5305 The Gothic Tradition 12 Weeks August 27, 2018
LITD 5307 The Inklings and King Arthur 12 Weeks May 6, 2019
LITB 5308 The Inklings and Science Fiction 12 weeks May 2, 2016
LITD 5306 The Life and Times of the English Epic 12 Weeks August 30, 2021
LITB 5310 The Meaning of Star Wars 12 weeks May 4, 2020
LITA 5303 The Potter Saga 12 Weeks January 15, 2018
LITD 5308 The Return of King Arthur 12 weeks January 10, 2022
LITA 5316 Ursula K. Le Guin: Worldbuilder 12 weeks August 30, 2021

At least one Imaginative Literature course will be offered each semester. Courses will be offered on a rotating basis every 2 – 3 years. Course order, frequency, and availability may change without notice. Links to course descriptions above may go to an older version of the course. For upcoming course offerings, visit the future courses page.

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If you have any questions about a concentration in Imaginative Literature or becoming a student, contact us.