The Scandinavian Studies program provides the opportunity to learn the literature, folklore, politics, and culture of the Nordic countries in the original languages and in English translation. Partly in cooperation with other departments, we offer courses in Scandinavian language, history, culture, social institutions, gender and women's studies, geography, arts, archaeology, myths, and folklore.
Students also may continue graduate studies toward an M.A. in Scandinavian philology, literature, or area studies, and toward a Ph.D. in Scandinavian literature, philology, or folklore.
The program strongly encourages a junior-year abroad in a Nordic country; several exchange programs are available.
Students may apply to Norden House, a residential language immersion program for UW students studying Norwegian, Danish or Swedish, housed in Adams Residence Hall.
Scholars who major in the field are equipped for careers in the countries that are the world leaders in gender equity, societal welfare, and 21st century business practices, as well as a range of careers including education, law, international trade, translation, civil service, non-profits, the arts, linguistics, literature, environmental sciences, conservation, diplomacy, and more.
Student interested in pursuing an undergraduate major in Scandinavian studies should contact the advisor about declaring the major.
Students declared in the Scandinavian Studies certificate may not be declared in the Scandinavian Studies major at the same time. Students who do wish to declare this major must first cancel their declaration in the certificate.
University General Education Requirements
All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.
|General Education|| |
* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.
College of Letters & Science Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Letters & Science must complete all of the requirements below. The College of Letters & Science allows this major to be paired with either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree requirements.
Bachelor of Science DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
|Mathematics||Complete two courses of 3+ credits at the Intermediate or Advanced level in MATH, COMP SCI, or STAT subjects. A maximum of one course in each of COMP SCI and STAT subjects counts toward this requirement.|
|Foreign Language||Complete the third unit of a foreign language.|
|L&S Breadth||Complete: |
• 12 credits of Humanities, which must include at least 6 credits of Literature; and
• 12 credits of Social Science; and
• 12 credits of Natural Science, which must include 6 credits of Biological Science and 6 credits of Physical Science.
|Liberal Arts and Science Coursework||Complete at least 108 credits.|
|Depth of Intermediate/Advanced Coursework||Complete at least 60 credits at the Intermediate or Advanced level.|
|Major||Declare and complete at least one major.|
|Total Credits||Complete at least 120 credits.|
|UW-Madison Experience||Complete both: |
• 30 credits in residence, overall, and
• 30 credits in residence after the 86th credit.
|Quality of Work||• 2.000 in all coursework at UW–Madison |
• 2.000 in Intermediate/Advanced level coursework at UW–Madison
Non–L&S Students PURSUING AN L&S MAJOR
Non–L&S students who have permission from their school/college to pursue an additional major within L&S only need to fulfill the major requirements. They do not need to complete the L&S Degree Requirements above.
Requirements for the Major
|Language (complete one):||3-4|
|Readings in Norwegian Literature|
|Readings in Swedish Literature|
|Readings in Danish Literature|
|Literature & Culture (complete one course from each area):||18|
Language, Culture, and History (complete at least one course):
|The Nordic Storyteller|
|The Second World War in Nordic Culture|
|Contemporary Scandinavian Languages|
|Introductory Old Norse|
|Intermediate Old Norse|
|Survey of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature|
|Introduction to Scandinavian Linguistics|
|Areas in Scandinavian Literature|
|History of the Scandinavian Languages II: Standard Languages|
|History of Scandinavia to 1815|
|History of Scandinavia Since 1815|
|The Sagas of Icelanders in English Translation|
|Sexual Politics in Scandinavia|
|Scandinavian American Folklore|
|Sami Culture, Yesterday and Today|
|Kalevala and Finnish Folk-Lore|
|Celtic-Scandinavian Cultural Interrelations|
|Scandinavian Life and Civilization II|
|The Scandinavian Heritage in America|
|Topics in Scandinavian Linguistics|
|Paleography and Philology - Old Norse|
|Contemporary Scandinavia: Politics and History|
|Fundamentals of Bibliography and Research|
Modern Scandinavian Literature (complete at least one course):
|Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature: From the Middle Ages to 1900|
|Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature: the Twentieth Century|
|Scandinavian Children's Literature|
|Advanced Topics in Nordic Studies (1 Norwegian-American Folksong)|
|Advanced Topics in Nordic Studies (1 Norwegian-American Folksong)|
|Advanced Topics in Nordic Studies (2 Finnish-American Folksong)|
|Advanced Topics in Nordic Studies (4 Hagiography in the North)|
|The Drama of Henrik Ibsen|
|The Drama of August Strindberg|
|Nineteenth-Century Scandinavian Fiction|
|Kierkegaard and Scandinavian Literature|
|Contemporary Scandinavian Literature|
|Memory and Literature from Proust to Knausgard|
|The Art of Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen|
|Topics in Scandinavian Literature|
|Scandinavian Decadence in its European Context|
|The Writings of Hans Christian Andersen for Scandinavian Majors|
|Survey of Scandinavian Literature: 1500-1800|
|Survey of Scandinavian Literature: 1800-1890|
RESIDENCE AND QUALITY OF WORK
2.000 GPA in all SCAND ST and all major courses
2.000 GPA on at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major1
15 credits in SCAND ST, taken on campus
Honors in the Major
Students may declare Honors in the Major in consultation with the Scandinavian Studies advisor(s).
HONORS IN THE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
To earn Honors in the Major, students must satisfy both the requirements for the major (above) and the following additional requirements:
- Earn a 3.300 University GPA
- Earn a 3.300 in all SCAND ST and all major courses
- Complete at least 8 Honors credits from courses numbered SCAND ST 373 and higher
- Complete either SCAND ST 634 or SCAND ST 635 with a grade of B or better
- Complete a two-semester Senior Honors Thesis in SCAND ST 681 and SCAND ST 682, for a total of 6 credits.
University Degree Requirements
|Total Degree||To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.|
|Residency||Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.|
|Quality of Work||Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.|
- Reach Intermediate-High / Advanced-Low language proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing, according to ACTFL guidelines, through five semesters of a Nordic language.
- Familiarize the students with three Nordic languages (Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish) to complement their knowledge of their chosen language via the 6th semester Scandinavian Language class (SCAND ST 401).
- Demonstrate understanding in a global context in a field of study covering literature, history, area studies, folklore, or philology classes.
- Select and utilize the most appropriate methods of study and inquiry within the content of the classes taken.
- Evaluate and respond to information pertaining to the classes taken, showing clear analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Communicate clearly in appropriate ways in the classes taken.
- If possible, benefit from a semester or year’s study abroad leading to a consolidation and enhancement of the above mentioned skills.
- Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct.
Sample Four-Year Plan
This Sample Four-Year Plan is a tool to assist students and their advisor(s). Students should use it—along with their DARS report, the Degree Planner, and Course Search & Enroll tools—to make their own four-year plan based on their placement scores, credit for transferred courses and approved examinations, and individual interests. As students become involved in athletics, honors, research, student organizations, study abroad, volunteer experiences, and/or work, they might adjust the order of their courses to accommodate these experiences. Students will likely revise their own four-year plan several times during college.
|SCAND ST 101, 111, or 121||4||SCAND ST 102, 112, or 122||4|
|SCAND ST 476||4||SCAND ST/FOLKLORE 443 (meets Ethnic Studies requirement)||4|
|Scandinavian Studies FIG Course||4||Social Science Breadth||4|
|Communication A||3||Quantitative Reasoning A||3-4|
|SCAND ST 201, 211, or 221||4||SCAND ST 202, 212, or 222||4|
|SCAND ST 475 (enroll in Communication B section)||4||GNS/FOLKLORE 200||3|
|Biological Science Breadth||3||Physical Science Breadth||3|
|INTER-LS 210||1||Science Breadth||3|
|SCAND ST 251, 261, or 271||3-4||Study Abroad in Denmark, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden1|
|Quantitative Reasoning B||3-4||Social Science Breadth||8|
|Elective in Major: Choose any in Language, Culture, and History||4||SCAND ST 401||3|
|Elective in Major: Choose any in Modern Scandinavian Literature||4||Electives||12|
|Total Credits 120|
Transfer credit will vary based on courses completed while abroad.
For advising and placement, please contact our undergraduate advisor:
Students who transfer to UW after a year abroad should contact the undergraduate advisor as early as possible to schedule a placement test.
Note: SCAND ST 302 Intensive Finnish II satisfies the 3rd semester of the Finnish language sequence for the purpose of meeting the College of Letters & Science foreign language requirement.
Majors should see the advisor during the semester before their last semester. Prospective majors are urged to consult the undergraduate advisor about their program at the first possible opportunity.
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