A nonprofit online university that focuses on fantasy and science fiction literature is seeking approval from the New Hampshire Legislature to grant masters degrees.
Corey Olsen founded Signum University in Delaware in 2011, but later moved it to his home state of New Hampshire. It recently got permission from the state’s Higher Education Commission to offer classes, but it can’t offer degrees without approval from the Legislature.
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Olsen told a Senate committee on Tuesday that while there are plenty of online learning opportunities for self-starters, Signum is about connecting teachers with students and students with each other.
The school currently has about 20 part-time faculty members and 85 students, taking courses that explore everything from Shakespeare in the Middle Ages to why “Star Wars” is a global cultural phenomenon.