Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. Ia Dubois

Major

Any student at the University of Washington is welcome to take courses in the Department of Scandinavian Studies. We offer a wide range of courses for the student with an occasional interest as well as the student who wishes to major or minor in a Scandinavian topic. The Department offers courses leading to a B.A. degree in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, and Scandinavian Area Studies. For a degree in all of these majors, at least 65 credits - of which 35 must be upper division courses - must be earned. Many students in the Department earn double majors in which they combine a Scandinavian major with a second major in such fields as Political Science, History, Communications, Business Administration, English, International Studies, or Germanics, among others. This is possible without exceeding the minimum number of credits for graduation—180 quarter credits.

Undergraduate Major Requirements

Danish, Finnish, Norwegian or Swedish:
65 credits, including 35 in upper-division courses.

  • 30 credits in first- and second-year language training
  • 15 credits in literature courses in the chosen language
  • 15 credits in Scandinavian literature in translation and culture courses
  • 5 credits, senior essay
  • View major requirements in detail: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.
Area Studies:
65 credits, including 35 in upper-division courses.

  • 30 credits in the chosen Scandinavian language (normally first- and second-year)
  • 30 credits with at least one course from each of the four area studies fields:
    • folklore/popular culture
    • literature
    • history
    • society/politics
  • 5 credits, senior essay
  • View major requirements in detail: Area Studies

Honors

There are three Honors designations: Interdisciplinary Honors, Departmental Honors, and College Honors. The Departmental Honors Program provides eligible students with a special academic experience above and beyond their major and prepares them for eventual graduate work. Upon successful fulfillment of the requirements, participants in the Departmental Honors program receive a diploma that reads "With Honors in Scandinavian Studies." For more information about the different Honors programs, please see the UW Honors website.

Minors

Scandinavian Area Studies (with emphasis in either History, Politics, or Folklore)

Requirements: 15 credits of 1st year Danish, Finnish, Norwegian or Swedish and 20 credits of SCAND course work

Baltic Studies

Requirements: 15 credits of 1st year Estonian/Latvian/Lithuanian and 20 credits of SCAND course work, including at least one Baltic Studies course (SCAND 344, 345, 454 or 455)

Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian or Swedish

Requirements: 15 credits of 1st year Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian or Swedish, 15 credits of 2nd year Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Finnish or Swedish, and 5 credits of SCAND (upper division) OR 5 credits of an upper division language course.