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B.A. in Danish

By earning a B.A. in Danish, students gain experience with a culture whose global influences have been as wide-ranging as hygge and LEGO. Students build advanced linguistic skills through a three-year program in language and literature. They enhance their worldview with cultural surveys of Denmark, Scandinavia, and the Baltics; specialized courses on literature and culture; and affordable abroad opportunities in diverse academic disciplines. Prepared with knowledge from world leaders in welfare, business, and gender equity, graduates pursue careers in business and nonprofit work, law, academia, and STEM industries across the globe.

First Year Danish 1 (DANISH 101) is available only in the fall quarter. Because the core of the Danish major is building advanced linguistic skills over the course of three years, students should sign up for this class as early as possible. If you have previous experience studying Danish, schedule a placement test by emailing

Admissions, Advising & Student Resources

Please see our Undergraduate Programs section for information about applying to the program, career paths, scholarships, and other student resources.

Each of our majors has an option to pursue departmental honors. Students who are interested should meet with the undergraduate adviser to learn more about the requirements.

Degree Requirements

65 credits of which 30 are on the 300 level or above

  1. First- and second-year courses in Danish (30 credits)
  2. Upper-division courses in Danish from list of approved courses. (10 credits)

    DANISH 310 Topics in Danish Short Prose
    DANISH 311 Topics in Danish Literature and Culture
    DANISH 312 Topics in the Danish Novel
    DANISH 395 Foreign Study: Danish Area Studies
    DANISH 399 Foreign Study: Topics in Danish Literature and Culture
    DANISH 490 Supervised Reading

  3. Upper-division SCAND courses, such as: (20 credits)

    SCAND 312 Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature
    SCAND 315 Scandinavian Crime Fiction
    SCAND 316 Child and School in Scandinavia
    SCAND 326 Scandinavia in World Affairs
    SCAND 327 Women in Scandinavian Society
    SCAND 330 Scandinavian Mythology
    SCAND 344 The Baltic States and Scandinavia
    SCAND 350 Environmental Norms in International Politics
    SCAND 351 Scandinavia, the European Union, and Global Climate Change
    SCAND 352 Innovation in Scandinavia
    SCAND 360 Scandinavian Cinema
    SCAND 367 Sexuality in Scandinavia: Myth and Reality
    SCAND 370 The Vikings
    SCAND 427 Scandinavian Women Writers in English Translation
    SCAND 437 Politics in Scandinavia
    SCAND 445 War and Occupation in Northern Europe: History, Fiction, and Memoir
    SCAND 470 Scandinavian Auteurs
    SCAND 479 Eco-Capitalism
    SCAND 480 Kierkegaard and Decadence in European Literature

  4. SCAND 498 Senior Capstone Project (5 credits) 

Credits earned during studies in Denmark can be transferred in consultation with the Foreign Study Office and the Scandinavian Department.

Course substitutions are made on approval of the Undergraduate Adviser.