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Nordic Studies

See Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies for courses in Nordic languages, including Swedish and Danish, cultural studies and literature.

Minor in Nordic Studies

The Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies offers a minor program in Nordic Studies made up of a foundational language component and a 300-plus-level component made up of courses on Nordic literature, film, culture, folklore, media, and society. Students who complete this program will achieve at least B1 proficiency in Danish or Swedish based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). B1 proficiency is equivalent to the successful completion of DANI 200 or SWED 200. The entire Minor is 27 credits.

Language Component

All students must complete 9 credits of language instruction in Swedish (SWED) or Danish (DANI), or a combination of both. If the Director of Nordic Studies determines a student has demonstrated CEFR B1 or higher proficiency in any single Nordic language, the student is exempted from this foundational Language Component of the Minor.

Nordic Cultural Studies Component

Students in the Minor take 18 credits of NORD (or formerly SCAN) courses at the 300 level or higher. At the discretion of the Director of Nordic Studies, 3 credits or maximum 6 credits (two courses) of Nordic-themed classes with a different course code may be recognized for the Minor.


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