Starting a major

Most students will begin with NORW 111. Students should consult their placement recommendation.

Are there courses students MUST, SHOULD, or can take their First Year?

  • Must: Potential majors need to take NORW 111 and NORW 112 during their first year in order to complete the major in four years.
  • Should: Potential majors who have an interest in history (either that of Norwegian-America or that of the Nordic countries) should note that there are several History courses with a Nordic theme that are only open to first years. This includes HIST 111 and 169.

Credit for previous coursework

Credit for transfer courses or other programs are done in consultation with the Registrar, the Norwegian Placement Director and Norwegian Department Chair.


  • Students must follow their placement results provided by the department and found on the Student Information System (SIS).
  • Students needing placement help should contact the Norwegian Department Chair, Kari Lie Dorer (, x3733.

Informational Events

Week One Information Sessions