Nordic Studies (NORST)

The Nordic studies concentration at St. Olaf College is designed to meet the needs of students 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 language, literature, history, and culture of the Nordic countries. It is a self-designed combination of courses, approved by the Director of Nordic Studies, who is also the chair of the Norwegian Department.

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Typical First Year Schedule

  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • NORW 111
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • NORW 112
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
Additional Information

Potential concentrators who do not have previous background in Norwegian, should take NORW 111 and NORW 112 during their first year.

  • 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.
Informational Events

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Director, Nordic Studies – Kari Lie Dorer (

Academic Catalog
2020-21 courses will be updated in August 2020