For reasons I do not yet understand, it appears that I’ll not be teaching Tolkien in the fall. I’m teaching it this spring as an Honors course, and it’s the largest such course in recent memory (most Honors sections are apparently in the low-teens; mine has 22). I have been lobbying to teach it as a regular section, thus opening it up to very large potential enrollments.
Given the small size of the Honors Program here at The Citadel, I’m guessing the course would translate to, say, 50-60 cadets if I taught it as a regular elective. Maybe more. (Believe me, all this has nothing to do with the professor; it’s “Tolkien” that brings ’em in. It does wherever I teach it.)
Here’s hoping I’ll get to teach it here sometime!