B.A. and Minor in
Scandinavian Area Studies

In addition to required language courses, students select from course topics ranging from the Viking Age to Scandinavia in world affairs, and from folklore to film. The curriculum is designed as a broad-ranging inquiry into the development of Nordic cultures and the relevance of this often overlooked region in today’s global community. Classes in the program are often small, and attention to each student’s unique academic focus is an integral part of the advising process.

As an interdisciplinary program, Scandinavian Area Studies strongly encourages students to take courses in a variety of disciplines that can help in understanding Scandinavia, and many students choose second majors in complementary fields.

SCAN major & minor requirements

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE
Major in Scandinavian Area Studies
40 semester hours

Language
12 semester hours beyond NORW 101
(Note: Students who demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a Scandinavian language other than Norwegian, or advanced proficiency in Norwegian, can substitute Scandinavian Area Studies elective courses for these 12 semester hours.)
Selected from:
NORW 102: Elementary Norwegian (4)
NORW 201, 202: Intermediate Norwegian (4, 4)
NORW 301: Conversation and Composition (4)
NORW 302: Advanced Conversation and Composition (4)

Introduction to Scandinavian Area Studies
4 semester hours
SCAN 150: Scandinavian Cultures and Societies (4)

Culture, Religion, History, Politics, Economics electives
8 semester hours, selected from:
NORW 331: Language and Identity: Norwegian in a Nordic Context (4)
GLST 384: Scandinavian Government and Politics (4)
SCAN/HIST 227: The Vikings (4)
SCAN 286: Sámi Culture in Global Indigenous Contexts (4)
SCAN 321: Topics in Scandinavian Culture and Society (4)
SCAN 322: Scandinavia and World Issues (4)

Sometimes applicable to this category; consult with program chair to determine applicability:
ECON 335: European Economic Integration (4)
HIST 325: European Reformations (4)
POLS 331: International Relations (4)
POLS 380: Politics of Global Development (4)
RELI 361: Church History Studies (4)

Literature, Film, Art, and Music electives
8 semester hours, selected from:
MUSI 106: Music of Scandinavia (4)
SCAN 241: Scandinavian Folklore (4)
SCAN 341: Topics in Scandinavian Literature (4)
SCAN 363: Culture, Gender and the Wild (4)
SCAN 422: Modernity and Its Discontents (4)

Sometimes applicable to this category; consult with program chair to determine applicability:
ENGL 334: Special Topics in Children’s Literature (4)

Capstone
4 semester hours
SCAN 499: Capstone: Senior Project (4)

MINOR in Scandinavian Area Studies
24 semester hours

Language
12 semester hours
Students must complete 3 semesters of a Nordic language. If they demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a Scandinavian language other than Norwegian, or advanced proficiency in Norwegian, they can substitute Scandinavian Area Studies elective courses for these 12 semester hours.

NORW 101, 102: Elementary Norwegian (4, 4)
NORW 201, 202: Intermediate Norwegian (4, 4)
NORW 301: Norwegian Conversation and Composition (4)
NORW 302: Advanced Norwegian Conversation and Composition (4)

Introduction to Scandinavian Area Studies
4 semester hours
SCAN 150: Scandinavian Cultures and Societies (4)

Electives
8 semester hours
Any SCAN or other interdisciplinary course listed for the major or minor not used above. (In addition to all SCAN courses beyond SCAN 150, these include NORW courses beyond any used to fulfill the language requirement, MUSI 106 and POLS 384.) No more than 1 elective may be chosen from courses with a literature (LT) designation. Other courses may be applicable with approval of program director. These include:

ECON 335: European Economic Integration (4)
ENGL 334: Special Topics in Children’s Literature (4)
HIST 325: European Reformations (4)
POLS 331: International Relations (4)
POLS 380: Politics of Global Development (4)
RELI 361: Church History Studies (4)

No more than 8 semester hours may be used to meet both the Scandinavian Area Studies major or minor and either general education elements or requirements for a second major or minor.