The Nordic Studies Concentration at St. Olaf College is designed to meet the needs of students who have advanced knowledge of a Nordic language or who wish a more interdisciplinary study of the Nordic cultures than that offered through the Norwegian major.
The Nordic Studies Concentration is an interdisciplinary study of the literature, history and culture of the Nordic countries. It is a self-designed combination of courses, approved by the Director of Nordic Studies. The Director of Nordic Studies is always the chair of the Norwegian Department, currently Margaret Hayford O’Leary.
The Nordic Studies Concentration consists of five courses:
- Norwegian 253 (or equivalent) is the core course.
- One or two other course in Norwegian selected from Norwegian 232, 233, 240 (or other interim offerings), 371, 372, 382
- Two or three courses from other departments, such as history 222, art and art history 266, philosophy 233 or other courses with significant content relating to the Nordic countries.
- Up to three courses from study abroad programs such as DIS, The New Norway , and university direct enroll programs may be counted toward the Nordic Studies Concentration.
To become a Nordic Studies Concentrator, contact Margaret Hayford O’Leary, Director of Nordic Studies, and inform the registrar by filling out the form at the registrar’s office.