Careers for Scandinavian Studies Majors & Minors

Our alumni enter the workforce prepared with knowledge from world leaders in welfare, business, and gender equity. Along with proficiency in a new language, they graduate with an enhanced perspective of the world and a skillset that prepares them for the diverse demands of 21st century careers.

Employers value our alumni for their ability to bring fresh approaches to problem solving, communicate clearly and persuasively, and take on new challenges with confidence. Many of our alumni strengthen their association with Scandinavian people, countries and cultures through their work. Others extend their global citizenship, using the skills they’ve mastered to create connections and opportunities across the globe.

Our graduates pursue careers in business and nonprofit work, law, academia and STEM. Below are a few of the positions they hold in the US and internationally.

Sample Alumni Job Titles Sample Alumni Employers
  • Attorney
  • Business Analyst
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Executive Director
  • Creative Coordinator and Editor
  • Instructional Designer
  • Professor
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Adobe Systems
  • Bluetooth SIG
  • Boeing
  • California Historical Society
  • Google
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • US Department of Commerce

Alumni Profiles

  • Alumni Profiles — Read about Scandinavian Studies alums' lives, their incredible adventures and their professional achievement, gathered through our Alumni Story Project.
  • Alumni News  Other stories about and for our alumni.
  • There's a Job for That! Take a quick quiz (only three questions!) to learn what College of Arts & Sciences alumni with similar interests have done since graduating.
  • UW LinkedIn — See career trajectories of UW graduates from the Department of Scandinavian Studies as well as other fields.
  • UW Scandinavian Studies LinkedIn profile connect with our department.

Career & Job Resources

University of Washington offers diverse resources to help students build the skills to launch their careers.

  • C21: Center for 21st Century Liberal Learning — Offers immersive learning experiences, partnerships both on campus and in the community, and a network of mentors to help guide students in the College of Arts & Sciences on the pathway toward selecting a major and preparing for a career after college.
  • Career & Internship Center — Educates and supports students as they explore and choose academic majors and career options, obtain and reflect upon career-related experiences, and develop professional presence and essential skills for workplace success.
  • Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center — Coordinates and connects students to community-based experiences in and around Seattle.