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.

• Beginning and advanced language classes include Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish. Additionally, BYU offers Language Certificates in Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish.

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.

• BYU Language Certificate: Receive official recognition of your foreign language proficiency.

• 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 in a Scandinavian language 321 course, who have not taken 100-200 level classes in that language because of prior experience, can take the Challenge Exam to gain up to 16 credits of a letter grade for lower-level language courses.

• The FLATS test, which can be taken by non-BYU students as well, is another option but cannot be taken with the Challenge Exam. This test produces 12 credits of pass/fail. See link for details.

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