Dive into the rich and diverse academic world of Tolkien Studies.
Have you ever wanted to get a degree in Tolkien studies?
Now you can!
Tolkien courses are available at a number of colleges and universities, but they are mostly limited to an elective class or two. At Signum University, we have created an entire concentration around Tolkien’s works and life.
Why Study Tolkien?
Tolkien was the father of modern fantasy – but he was also much more. His stories emerged from his personal and academic interests, which included a deep love of both language and literature.
Tolkien left behind a wealth of stories, poems, essays, lectures, letters, and notes that scholars have continued to study for decades after his death. New books, monographs, and papers continue to be published to this day on Tolkien’s writings in core areas such as literary analysis, philology, and constructed languages, with applications to topics as diverse as politics, economics, and gender studies.
Over the last couple decades in particular, Tolkien scholarship has really begun to expand into new and bigger areas. This is due partly to the popularity of blockbuster movies made from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. However, it is also due to the growth of online forums where scholars, enthusiasts, and fans (categories that overlap significantly) can come together to discuss their intuitions, ideas, and insights with respect to Tolkien’s works.
The Next Step in Tolkien Scholarship
Signum University offers the next step in the evolution of Tolkien studies as a discipline. As part of our premier degree program, the M.A. in Language & Literature, this concentration in Tolkien Studies is quite possibly the first graduate degree available that allows students to focus primarily on Tolkien’s works and life.
Tolkien Studies Lecturers
Dr. Corey Olsen
Dr. Tom Shippey
Dr. Nelson Goering
Dr. Verlyn Flieger
Dr. Sara Brown
Tolkien Studies Courses
Signum University offers a variety of courses related to J.R.R. Tolkien’s works in the context of literature, history, culture, and other areas of interest. Students seeking a M.A. or Certificate with a concentration in Tolkien Studies must take at least five of these courses.
|ID||Course Name||Duration||Start Date|
|LITD 5304||Beowulf Through Tolkien||12 Weeks||January 15, 2018|
|LITA 5307||Beyond Middle-earth||12 Weeks||May 6, 2019|
|LITA 5302||Lewis & Tolkien||12 Weeks||January 13, 2020|
|LITA 5305||The Story of the Hobbit||12 Weeks||May 7, 2018|
|LITA 5315||The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien||12 weeks||August 31, 2020|
|LITC 5301||Tolkien & Tradition||12 Weeks||January 11, 2021|
|LITA 5314||Tolkien in Context||12 weeks||August 26, 2019|
|LITA 5311||Tolkien’s Poetry||12 Weeks||May 3, 2021|
|LITA 5306||Tolkien’s World of Middle-earth||12 Weeks||January 14, 2019|
|LITA 5312||Tolkien’s Wars and Middle-earth||12 Weeks||May 4, 2020|
At least one Tolkien Studies 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 current and upcoming course offerings, visit the Future Courses page.