Program Info

The Scandinavian Studies Program is an interdisciplinary academic program teaching the cultures and languages of the Nordic region.

Students taking classes in the program develop analytic and writing skills that complement any major. They benefit from small class sizes, engaging topics, and even the availability of scholarship money. Many Scandinavian classes fulfill GE requirements and most are taught in English translation (aside from language courses).

• Students can minor in Scandinavian Studies or do Scandinavian Studies as an area of emphasis within the European Studies, Interdisciplinary Humanities or Comparative Literature major programs.

• Language classes include Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish from beginning to advanced, plus beginning to intermediate Icelandic. 

Follow the links below to learn more about various aspects of the program. Questions can be directed to Dr. Nate Kramer. 

• Scandinavian Studies Minor: Minor in Scandinavian Studies by taking engaging and enriching courses that delve deeper into language, literature, history, culture and more. If you do a minor, you are one Oral Proficiency Interview away from receiving a Language Certificate (see below).

• BYU Language Certificate: This provides official recognition of your foreign language proficiency in Danish, Swedish or Norwegian. Requires Scand 430 plus 321 and 340 in your language of specialty, and an OPI test. See link or contact the Center for Language Studies for more information. 

• Description of courses: Here you will find the classes that are part of the Scandinavian Studies Program.

• Bjarnason Travel Scholarship: Apply for the travel scholarship to help fund your studies in Scandinavia.

• Language Challenge Exams: Students taking a Scandinavian language 321 course (202 in the case of Icelandic) can take the Challenge Exam to receive up to 16 graded credit hours for 101, 102, 201, and 211R (conversation). If a student has taken a lower-level course, they cannot receive Challenge Exam credit for that course.

• The FLATS test can be taken instead of the Challenge Exam and produces 12 credits of pass/fail. See link for details.

Icelandic waterfall at sunset