Scandinavian Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

A Bachelor of Arts in Scandinavian Area Studies fosters advanced knowledge of the culture, politics and history of Scandinavia. It also helps students develop strong analytical and communication skills. Scandinavian Area Studies can serve as a platform from which to explore politics, history, the environment, social democracy and women’s and gender studies. Students gain intermediate linguistic proficiency in a Finnish, Baltic or Scandinavian language, as well as strong knowledge of an important economic and political region of northern Europe. Scandinavia is the birthplace of world famous modern artists, social democracy and innovative economic and cultural practices and institutions, and is a global leader in peacemaking, environmentalism and gender equality. Graduates of this degree pursue careers in a variety of fields such as business, government, technology, international relations, education and marketing.

Minor available

Major category: Open

Curricular options: Danish , Finnish , Norwegian , Scandinavian Area Studies , Swedish

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


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

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Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

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