Nordic Studies (NORST)

The Nordic studies major and concentration are designed for students who wish to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the Nordic region, including its languages, cultures, and societies. The Nordic studies major provides students with a foundation of Norwegian language knowledge and skills. From there, students undertake coursework that situates Norway within the broader social and cultural region of the Nordic countries. Students compare and contrast the Nordic languages, cultures, and societies and engage critically with the question of what makes the Nordic countries distinctive.

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Typical First Year Schedule

  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • NORW 111*
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • NORW 112*
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • OLE Core/Elective
Additional Information

*Assumes that the individual has no prior experience in Norwegian; higher coursework can be taken if prerequisites are met. Students with previous Norwegian learning experience must take the online placement exam to determine in which class level they should begin.

  • Credit for transfer courses or other programs is done in consultation with the Registrar, the Norwegian Placement Director and Nordic Studies Director.
  • 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 Placement Director, Kari Lie Dorer (, x3733.
  • Students can use another Nordic Language to complete the Nordic Studies major or concentration if they can document their language proficiency level.  Contact the Nordic Studies Director for further information.
Informational Events

Contact Kimberly Foss ( to be added to the Norwegian interest email list to receive department announcements about activities, classes, excursions, etc.


Director, Nordic Studies – Jenna Coughlin (