Nordic Studies Major

10 courses (can be fulfilled in 9.50 credits)

The Nordic studies major at St. Olaf College is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue both advanced proficiency in the Norwegian language and an interdisciplinary understanding of the Nordic region. Students complete foundational courses in Norwegian language before pursuing advanced proficiency. In addition, students take a variety of courses on Nordic language, culture, and society from a variety of departments and/or disciplinary perspectives, including at least one course that explores diversity, inequity, and social justice in the Nordic context. Students also have many opportunities to complete coursework through study and/or internship opportunities in one or more Nordic countries. Finally, students participate in an upper-level research seminar in which they design and complete a research project that explores an academic question about Nordic language, culture, or society through an interdisciplinary lens. Students wanting to complete both the Nordic Studies and the Norwegian majors must complete a minimum of 10 credits beyond the foundational course requirement.

10 courses (can be fulfilled in 9.50 credits)

Foundational courses (in Norwegian):
____ NORW 111 ____ NORW 112
____ NORW 231 ____ NORW 232

Intermediate Course (in Norwegian):
____ 1 200 or 300 level course partially or fully in Norwegian from approved list
*can be a partial course (must total at least .50). Current offerings:

NORW 296: Internship
NORW 205: FLAC: Nature
NORW 244: FLAC: Sami
ISS Grammar or nynorsk course

Cultural and Historical Perspectives (in English):
____ 1 course which critically examines Nordic diversity, inequality and social justice

Current offerings:
NORW 244: Sámi: Traditions in Transition
NORW 224: Rewriting Nordic identity
ENVST 283: Journeys: Literature of the North
NORST 264: Explorations of Gender and Sexuality
PSYCH 232: Gender Equality in Norway
NORST 277: Islamic Communities in Scandinavia

____ 1 course which examines the Nordic languages from a comparative perspective

Current offerings:
NORW 260: Germanic Linguistics
Proposed for Spring 2022: Germanic Multiethnolects

____ 2 additional courses course from approved list (many from across the college)

____ 1 300 level course

NORST or NORW 398 (IR)
**** Rand Scholar (IR) in some cases

Notes: Students completing both the Norwegian and the Nordic Studies Major must have at
least 15 total courses. In the case of a student who tests out of the foundational courses, 11
courses are required.