Department of Scandinavian offers undergraduate
majors in four Scandinavian languages (Danish,
Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish). Each of these
allow students to explore all phases of Scandinavian
literature and cultural history from the medieval
to the modern. The curriculum emphasizes especially
those moments when Scandinavia's "cultural borrowing"
turned to "cultural lending"; the latter include
the Viking Age, the seventeenth and eighteenth
centuries (an era of military and scientific
preeminence), the late nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries (a period of literary preeminence,
especially in theater), and the mid-twentieth
century (social ideology, in particular the
design of the "Welfare State" and, in the case
of Sweden, the pursuit of political neutrality).
Specific courses take up the history, literature,
folklore, and film of these periods of Scandinavian
prominence in Western Europe's cultural production.
In addition to this broader curricular approach
to Scandinavian culture, students receive further
training in their major language skills by pursuing
reading in original Scandinavian languages when
coursework allows, and through special add-on
major units (Scandinavian 149). This allows
students the opportunity to work closely with
a professor in their major language area.
The Department is also particularly interested
in helping students pursue interdisciplinary
interests through its own core courses and through
double majors with other fields. Several of
the areas in which Scandinavia is of comparative
interest or has made a major contribution are:
history, drama, medieval literature, folklore,
architecture, public policy, linguistics, international
studies, peace studies, political science, film,
economics, and environmental studies.
The revised requirements, now including Finnish,
for the undergraduate major are:
Lower Division. Two courses from the
following course sequences: Scandinavian 1A-1B
(Swedish), 2A-2B (Finnish), 3A-3B (Norwegian),
4A-4B (Danish), or the equivalents.
Upper Division. Nine upper division courses,
including: a two-course advanced-language sequence
1) Scandinavian 100A-100B or the equivalent
for Danish, Norwegian and Swedish 2) Scandinavian
102A-102B in Advanced Finnish for Finnish track
students; two courses in conjunction with 149
(149 itself may not count as one of the nine
upper division courses); two history courses,
Scandinavian 123, 127, or 128; and five courses
in literature, culture, or folklore in any combination
of the studentís choosing with permission of
the Faculty Undergraduate Adviser.
Honors Program. Students must complete
with distinction the courses required for the
major as well as two semesters of Scandinavian
145. A thesis is also required.
The department encourage all students interested
in the undergraduate major in Scandinavian to
declare the major as early as possible in their
academic careers (even as early as the freshman
and sophomore years) in order to make planning
easier. Please contact the current Faculty Undergraduate
Adviser, who can provide general information,
a program brochure and scheduling worksheet,
necessary paperwork, and curricular advice.
Students interested in declaring a major should
bring a Bear Facts copy of their transcript
to the advising session when the Declaration
of Major Petition (available in the department)
is to be filled out.
Current majors will also want to consult the
link on this website detailing upcoming courses
when planning their schedules. Students with
credit from EAP courses should also consult
with the Faculty Undergraduate Adviser for help
in determining requirement equivalencies.