Announcing Fall 2017 Registration Opening & Tuition Changes

Fall 2017 classes
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Signum University is pleased to announce that registration for the Fall 2017 semester is now open. You can access the registration form directly, or select the “Register for Fall 2017” button on any of the individual course pages being offered in the upcoming semester.

This fall, we are offering seven courses for credit in our MA in Language & Literature program and Certificate programs, as well as our various audit levels.

Two of the fall classes are brand new:

  • Introduction to Germanic Philology I is survey of Germanic languages – especially Gothic, Old Norse, and Old English – and literatures written in them. Students will examine textual records of these languages to learn about their literary qualities, linguistic peculiarities, and historical and cultural contexts. Students will also consider the historical relationships of the Germanic languages from the perspectives of comparative philology and historical contacts. Intro. to Germanic Philology I will feature lectures and discussion sections from Dr. Nelson Goering and Dr. Paul Peterson. Students and auditors who enroll in this course will also receive access to Dr. Tom Shippey’s recorded lectures from Philology Through Tolkien, which was offered in Fall 2013.
  • Norse Myths and Sagas is an introduction to the myths and sagas of medieval Scandinavia. Students will examine the roots of this literature in the meeting of indigenous mythological and legendary traditions with the textual culture of medieval Christian Europe and the development the prose sagas of Norse kings and Icelanders. The course focuses on readings from authentic texts in translation but also discusses the wider cultural and historical context, including consideration of echoes from the medieval Norse literary tradition in modern culture and fiction. Norse Myths and Sagas features lectures from Dr. Carl Edlund Anderson and preceptor sessions with Dr. Anderson and Dr. Peterson.

The five other courses are offered as Flex Courses with recorded lectures and live discussion sections for credit students and Discussion Auditors. These include:

  • Beowulf in Old English (requires Intro. to Anglo-Saxon as a prerequisite): This intensive, seminar-style class will give students an opportunity to practice translating the Old English language and to become intimately familiar with the Beowulf text.
  • Chaucer I: Visions of Love: This class is the first semester in a two-part survey of Chaucer’s major works, looking at his early dream vision poems and his greatest completed work: Troilus and Criseyde.
  • Elementary Latin II (requires Elementary Latin I as a prerequisite): The second semester of Elementary Latin completes the student’s introduction to the basic elements of the Latin language, emphasizing the fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
  • Research Methods: Required for all MA students within the first year of their program, this course introduces students to MLA citation style, standard bibliographic and research practices, literary theories of the later 20th century, and possible scholarly directions in the 21st century.
  • Tolkien’s Wars and Middle-earth: This course explores the life of J.R.R. Tolkien and the impact his experiences had on his work, with a particular focus on the World War I and World War II time periods.

Tuition Change

Starting in Fall 2017, for the first time in four years, Signum University is increasing its tuition rates for credit courses (MA and certificate) and Discussion Audit classes as follows:

Course TypeFormer CostUpdated Cost
Credit (MA / Certificate)$575$650
Discussion Audit$425$475

The new amounts represent a modest 3-4% annualized increase since our last update, and it will help cover the operating costs of our growing online institution.

Signum University is committed to keeping tuition as low as possible. With that in mind, the University has developed a plan for increasing tuition as infrequently as possible, with modest scheduled increases occurring once every 3-4 years, rather than making annual changes to tuition like many traditional educational institutions do.

For additional explanation about the tuition change this semester, please watch this message from Signum University President Dr. Corey Olsen.

Premiere Audit and Anytime Audit costs are not changing. Note that $10 of the above course fees constitutes a non-returnable administration charge to cover processing and administration related to the registration. For more information about costs related to Signum University classes, please see our Financial Information page.

Come Join Us for the Fall 2017 Semester!

We know many people are excited about the new Germanic Philology and Norse Myths & Sagas courses, as well as the opportunity to take some of our other courses which have not been offered recently. We hope to see you in one (or more!) of these classes in August!

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