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Scandinavian Studies

Requirements for the Major
Honors in the Major
Certificate
Courses

1306 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-2090; jlander3@wisc.edu; scandinavian.wisc.edu

Professors Brantly, DuBois, Leary, Wolf; Associate Professor Allen

Undergraduate advisor in the major: Nete Schmidt, 1368 Van Hise Hall, 608-262-2090, aschmidt2@wisc.edu

Faculty diversity liaison: Julie Allen, jkallen@wisc.edu

The department provides the opportunity to learn a Scandinavian language or Finnish (modern Icelandic only occasionally). The literature, folklore, and culture of the Nordic countries are taught both in the original languages and in English translation. Partly in cooperation with other departments, courses in Scandinavian area studies are offered (history, social institutions, geography, art, archaeology). Students who major in the field may continue graduate studies toward an M.A. in Scandinavian philology, literature, or area studies, and toward a Ph.D. in Scandinavian literature and philology. Furthermore, we have submitted a proposal for a Ph.D. track in folklore, which is under advisement.

The department strongly encourages a junior-year abroad in a Nordic country; several exchange programs are available. Students who transfer to this university after a year abroad should contact the undergraduate advisor as early as possible to schedule a placement test.

Note: Scand St 301 and 302 (Intensive Finnish I and II) each count as 2 units of foreign language for the purpose of meeting the College of Letters and Science foreign language requirement.

Majors should see the advisor during the semester before their last semester. Prospective majors are urged to consult the undergraduate advisor about their program at the first possible opportunity.

Enrollment information. In some large literature courses taught in translation, a number of openings are retained for freshmen.

Requirements for the Major

1. five semesters of a Scandinavian language;

2. 18 credits from Scand St 373, and/or 374, and courses numbered 400 and higher (15 of these 18 credits must be taken in residence);

3. 3–4 credits must be taken in each of:
a. Language, Culture and History
b. Scandinavian Literature

a. Language, Culture and History

401 Contemporary Scandinavian Languages
405 Nynorsk
407 Old Norse I
408 Old Norse II
409 Survey of Old Norse—Icelandic Literature
410 Introduction to Scandinavian Linguistics
414 History of Scandinavian Languages
415 History of Scandinavian Languages II
429 Mythology of Scandinavia
430 The Vikings
431 History of Scandinavia to 1815
432 History of Scandinavia since 1815
433 The Scandinavian Tale and Ballad
435 The Icelandic Sagas
440 Scandinavian American Folklore
443 Sami Culture, Yesterday and Today
444 Kalevala
446 Celtic-Scandinavian Cultural Interrelations
466 Greenland—Past, Present, and Future
476 Scandinavian Life and Civilization
496 Scandinavian Heritage in America
510 Topics in Scandinavian Linguistics
511 Paleography and Philology / Old Norse
577 Contemporary Scandinavia: Politics and History
578 Contemporary Scandinavia and International Relations
630 Fundamentals of Bibliography and Research

b. Modern Scandinavian Literature

373 Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature from the Middle Ages to 1900
374 Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature , the 20th Century
410 The Woman in Scandinavian Literature
419 Scandinavian Children's Literature
420 The Woman in Scandinavian Literature
421–1 Norwegian-American Folksong
421–2 Finnish-American Folksong
421–4 Hagiography in the North
422 The Drama of Henrik Ibsen
423 The Drama of August Strindberg
424 Nineteenth Century Scandinavian Fiction
425 Knut Hamsun and the Norwegian Novel
426 Kierkegaard and Scandinavian Literature
427 Contemporary Scandinavian Literature
434 The Art of Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen
436 Topics: Criminal Utopias
437 Modern Scandinavian Drama
450 Scandinavian Decadence
475 The Writings of Hans Christian Andersen
501 Tal och Skrift
520 Special Topics
633 Survey of Scandinavian Literature 1300–1500
634 Survey of Scandinavian Literature: 1500–1800
635 Survey of Scandinavian Literature: 1800–1890
636 Survey of Scandinavian Literature 1890–1920

All students are required to fulfill the L&S requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. All courses numbered 400 or above count toward this requirement.

Honors in the Major

Students wishing to earn a Scandinavian major with honors must fulfill the following requirements, in addition to the general requirements for the major:

1. Cumulative grade point average in the major of 3.3

2. 18 credits at the 400 level or above should include:
a. at least 8 honors credits
b. at least one semester of the Survey of Scandinavian Literature series (633, 634, 635, 636)

3. at least 6 credits of Senior Honors Thesis (681, 682). The thesis should be 60–100 typewritten pages.

Students should be aware that Honors in the Major is a new program and is still under development, and so should not assume that the requirements specified in this catalog are complete or fully described. Students should check with the department honors advisor at least once a year to make sure that requirements have not been modified, as well as to seek guidance about planning the best possible Honors in the Major curriculum that reflects their special interests. Note that a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 in all courses taken at UW–Madison at the time of graduation is required to earn any honors degree in the College of Letters and Science. This minimum cumulative GPA may be distinct from the minimum GPA requirement for courses in the major.

Certificate

The certificate requires 18 credits as a combination of:

  • Language
  • Language, Culture, and History
  • Modern Scandinavian Literature
  • At least 9 credits must be from the 300 or higher level.
  • At least 9 credits must be taken in residence. A UW–sponsored study abroad program applies as in-residence credits.
Languages

Danish 121, 122, 221, 222, 271
Finnish 131, 132, 301, 302, 403
Icelandic 520
Norwegian 101, 102, 201, 202, 251
Sami 404
Swedish 111, 112, 211, 212, 261

Language, Culture, and History

296 The Scandinavian Heritage in America
401 Contemporary Scandinavian Languages
405 Nynorsk
407 Old Norse I
408 Old Norse II
409 Survey of Old Norse—Icelandic Literature
410 Introduction to Scandinavian Linguistics
414 History of Scandinavian Languages
415 History of Scandinavian Languages II
429 Mythology of Scandinavia
430 The Vikings
431 History of Scandinavia to 1815
432 History of Scandinavia since 1815
433 The Scandinavian Tale and Ballad
435 The Icelandic Sagas
440 Scandinavian American Folklore
443 Sami Culture, Yesterday and Today
444 Kalevala and Finnish Folk Lore
446 Celtic-Scandinavian Cultural Interrelations
466 Greenland—Past, Present, and Future
476 Scandinavian Life and Civilization
496 Scandinavian Heritage in America
510 Topics in Scandinavian Linguistics
511 Paleography and Philology / Old Norse
577 Contemporary Scandinavia: Politics and History
578 Contemporary Scandinavia and International Relations
630 Fundamentals of Bibliography and Research

Modern Scandinavian Literature

284 The Scandinavian Modern Phenomenon in Arts and Literature
373 Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature from the Middle Ages to 1900
374 Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature , the 20th Century
419 Scandinavian Children's Literature
420 The Woman in Scandinavian Literature
421–1 Norwegian-American Folksong
421–2 Finnish-American Folksong
421–4 Hagiography in the North
422 The Drama of Henrik Ibsen
423 The Drama of August Strindberg
424 Nineteenth Century Scandinavian Fiction
425 Knut Hamsun and the Norwegian Novel
426 Kierkegaard and Scandinavian Literature
427 Contemporary Scandinavian Literature
434 The Art of Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen
436 Topics: Criminal Utopias
437 Modern Scandinavian Drama
450 Scandinavian Decadence
475 The Writings of Hans Christian Andersen
501 Tal och Skrift
520 Special Topics
633 Survey of Scandinavian Literature 1300–1500
634 Survey of Scandinavian Literature: 1500–1800
635 Survey of Scandinavian Literature: 1800–1890
636 Survey of Scandinavian Literature 1890–1920