College of Arts and Sciences

A Bachelor of Arts in Norwegian Studies fosters strong linguistic, analytical and communication skills. Norwegian studies can serve as a platform from which to explore art, literature and philosophy, history and politics, the environment, social democracy and women’s and gender studies. Students gain advanced linguistic proficiency in Norwegian and acquire cultural and historical knowledge of Norway, Scandinavia and the Baltic. Norway is the birthplace of world famous modern artists and a leader in peace and conflict resolution and environmental philosophy. Graduates of this degree pursue careers in a variety of fields such as business, government, technology, international relations, media and communication, education and marketing.

Major category: Open

Minor available

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Students in good academic standing may declare the major at any time, including on their application for admission to the UW.
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the major before transfer.

Courses recommended for the major:

First- and second-year Norwegian 1


1Students with some proficiency in Norwegian may gain language credit by examination.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 7
Total from Washington community colleges: 1

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 0
3.50 – 3.74: 0
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 1
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes