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B.A. in Norwegian

A B.A. in Norwegian creates opportunities to explore a country whose innovations in culture, technology, and politics shape the way we live now and the way we imagine the future. Students build advanced linguistic skills through a three-year program in language and literature. They learn about Norway, Scandinavia, and the Baltics through cultural surveys, specialized courses on literature and culture, and diverse study abroad opportunities for students studying language, science, technology, and more. 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 Norwegian 1 (NORW 101) is available only in the fall quarter. Because the core of the Norwegian 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 Norwegian, 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. The 65 credits include 30 credits in first and second year Norwegian language, three literature courses in the target language, one course in Scandinavian  literature in translation, one course in the history of Scandinavian languages, one course in Scandinavian area studies, and a senior essay.

I. Students shall complete second-year training in Norwegian. Advanced students may take a proficiency exam to meet the requirement.

II. Complete course work in the following fields:

A. Norwegian Language and Literature. Any three of the following:

    • NORW 310 The Norwegian Short Story (5)
    • NORW 311 Drama After Ibsen (5)
    • NORW 312 Topics in Norwegian Literature and Culture (5, max 15)
    • NORW 321 The Plays of Henrik Ibsen (5)

B. Scandinavian Literature in Translation. One of the following:

    • SCAND 312 Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature (5)
    • SCAND 335 Scandinavian Children's Literature (5)
    • SCAND 340 Kalevala and the Epic Tradition (5)
    • SCAND 367 Sexuality in Scandinavia: Myth and Reality (5)
    • SCAND 427 Scandinavian Women Writers (5)
    • SCAND 431 The Northern European Ballad (5)
    • SCAND 445 The Nordic-Baltic Region and the War: Literary Representations (5)
    • SCAND 462 Isak Dinesen and Karen Blixen (5)
    • SCAND 480 Kierkegaard and Decadence in European Literature (5)
    • SCAND 481 August Strindberg and European Cultural History (5)
    • SCAND 482 Knut Hamsum and Early European Modernism (5)

C. History of Scandinavian Languages

    • SCAND 460 - History of the Scandinavian Languages (5) (usually offered Fall Quarter)

D. Scandinavian Area Studies. At least one of the following:

    • SCAND 325 Scandinavian Public Policy (5)
    • SCAND 326 Scandinavia in World Affairs (5)
    • SCAND 330 Scandinavian Mythology (5)
    • SCAND 331 Folk Narrative (5)
    • SCAND 334 Immigrant and Ethnic Folklore (5)
    • SCAND 341 Sami Culture and History (5)
    • SCAND 344 The Baltic States and Scandinavia (5)
    • SCAND 345 Baltic Cultures (5)
    • SCAND 350 Environmental Norms in International Politics (5)
    • SCAND 351 Scandinavia, the EU & Global Climate Changes (5)
    • SCAND 360 Scandinavian Cinema (5)
    • SCAND 380 History of Scandinavia to 1720 (5)
    • SCAND 381 History of Scandinavia Since 1720 (5)
    • SCAND 370 The Vikings (5)
    • SCAND 402 International Political Economy and Scandinavia (5)
    • SCAND 403 Scandinavian Immigration in History and Literature (5)
    • SCAND 430 Readings in Folklore (5)
    • SCAND 437 Politics in Scandinavia (5)
    • SCAND 454 Baltic History (5)
    • SCAND 455 Baltic States Since 1991 (5)

III. Senior Essay (SCAND 498, 5 credits) during senior year on a Norwegian topic under supervision of appropriate faculty, typically a professor of Norwegian. The senior essay may be taken as a 10-credit sequence: 5 credits of faculty-advised independent research SCAND 499, to be followed by a quarter of SCAND 498, during which time the student writes the senior essay. The faculty adviser for 499 and 498 should be chosen on the basis of the topic of the planned thesis.  

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

Other courses may be substituted per discussion with the Undergraduate Adviser.