The Scandinavian studies program provides the opportunity to learn a Scandinavian language or Finnish (modern Icelandic only occasionally). The literature, folklore, and culture of the Nordic countries are taught both in the original languages and in English translation. Partly in cooperation with other departments, courses in Scandinavian area studies are offered (history, social institutions, geography, art, archaeology).
The Scandinavian studies certificate requires 18 credits of SCAND ST, 9 credits must be taken at the 300 level or higher. Select at least one course from each of the following areas:
|SCAND ST 121||First Semester Danish||4|
|SCAND ST 122||Second Semester Danish||4|
|SCAND ST 221||Second Year Danish||4|
|SCAND ST 222||Second Year Danish||4|
|SCAND ST 271||Readings in Danish Literature||3-4|
|SCAND ST 131||First Semester Finnish||4|
|SCAND ST 132||Second Semester Finnish||4|
|SCAND ST 302||Intensive Finnish II||7|
|SCAND ST 520||Special Topics (Icelandic)||3|
|SCAND ST 101||First Semester Norwegian||4|
|SCAND ST 102||Second Semester Norwegian||4|
|SCAND ST 201||Second Year Norwegian||4|
|SCAND ST 202||Second Year Norwegian||4|
|SCAND ST 251||Readings in Norwegian Literature||3-4|
|SCAND ST 404||Languages of Northern Europe||2-4|
|SCAND ST 111||First Semester Swedish||4|
|SCAND ST 112||Second Semester Swedish||4|
|SCAND ST 211||Second Year Swedish||4|
|SCAND ST 212||Second Year Swedish||4|
|SCAND ST 261||Readings in Swedish Literature||3-4|
LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND HISTORY COURSES
|SCAND ST 296||The Scandinavian Heritage in America||3|
|SCAND ST 401||Contemporary Scandinavian Languages||3|
|SCAND ST/MEDIEVAL 407||Old Norse||3|
|SCAND ST/MEDIEVAL 408||Old Norse||3|
|SCAND ST/MEDIEVAL 409||Survey of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature||3|
|SCAND ST 410||Introduction to Scandinavian Linguistics||3|
|SCAND ST 415||History of the Scandinavian Languages II: Standard Languages||3|
|SCAND ST 429||Mythology of Scandinavia||4|
|SCAND ST/MEDIEVAL 430||The Vikings||4|
|SCAND ST/HISTORY 431||History of Scandinavia to 1815||3|
|SCAND ST/HISTORY 432||History of Scandinavia Since 1815||3|
|SCAND ST 433||The Scandinavian Tale and Ballad||4|
|SCAND ST 435||The Icelandic Sagas||4|
|SCAND ST/FOLKLORE 440||Scandinavian American Folklore||3|
|SCAND ST/FOLKLORE 443||Sami Culture, Yesterday and Today||4|
|SCAND ST/MEDIEVAL 444||Kalevala and Finnish Folk-Lore||4|
|SCAND ST/FOLKLORE/MEDIEVAL 446||Celtic-Scandinavian Cultural Interrelations||3|
|SCAND ST 476||Scandinavian Life and Civilization II||4|
|SCAND ST 496||The Scandinavian Heritage in America||3|
|SCAND ST 510||Topics in Scandinavian Linguistics||3|
|SCAND ST 511||Paleography and Philology - Old Norse||3|
|SCAND ST/HISTORY 577||Contemporary Scandinavia: Politics and History||3-4|
|SCAND ST 630||Fundamentals of Bibliography and Research||3|
|SCAND ST 284||The "Scandinavian Modern" Phenomenon in Arts and Literature||3|
|SCAND ST 373||Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature: From the Middle Ages to 1900||3-4|
|SCAND ST 374||Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature: the Twentieth Century||3-4|
|SCAND ST 419||Scandinavian Children's Literature||4|
|SCAND ST 420||The Woman in Scandinavian Literature||4|
|SCAND ST 421||Advanced Topics in Nordic Studies (1 Norwegian-American Folksong)||1-2|
|SCAND ST 421||Advanced Topics in Nordic Studies (2 Finnish-American Folksong)||1-2|
|SCAND ST 421||Advanced Topics in Nordic Studies (4 Hagiography in the North)||1-2|
|SCAND ST 422||The Drama of Henrik Ibsen||4|
|SCAND ST 423||The Drama of August Strindberg||4|
|SCAND ST 424||Nineteenth-Century Scandinavian Fiction||3-4|
|SCAND ST 426||Kierkegaard and Scandinavian Literature||4|
|SCAND ST 427||Contemporary Scandinavian Literature||4|
|SCAND ST/LITTRANS 428||Memory and Literature from Proust to Knausgard||3|
|SCAND ST 434||The Art of Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen||4|
|SCAND ST 436||Topics in Scandinavian Literature||3-4|
|SCAND ST 450||Scandinavian Decadence in its European Context||3-4|
|SCAND ST 475||The Writings of Hans Christian Andersen for Scandinavian Majors||4|
|SCAND ST 520||Special Topics||3|
|SCAND ST 634||Survey of Scandinavian Literature: 1500-1800||3|
|SCAND ST 635||Survey of Scandinavian Literature: 1800-1890||3|
Residence and Quality of Work
- At least a 2.000 GPA is required among all courses eligible for the certificate.
- At least 9 credits must be taken in residence. A UW–Madison-sponsored study abroad program applies as in-residence credit.
Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT
This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.
- 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.
- Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct.
For advising and placement in Scandinavian studies contact our undergraduate advisor:
Nete Schmidt, Scandinavian Studies Undergraduate Advisor
1368 Van Hise
For other undergraduate concerns, please contact our undergraduate coordinator:
Joanna Schuth, Undergraduate Coordinator
1306 Van Hise
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