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.

Major category: Open

Minor available

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)

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 Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian or Swedish. 1


1Students with some proficiency in Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian or Swedish may gain language credit by examination.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 11
Total from Washington community colleges: 2

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

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

Career outcomes