Discover how small nations have made global impacts
Along with proficiency in a new language, our students develop an enhanced understanding of the world through studying the literature, culture, politics and history of Scandinavia, and the creativity and critical thinking skills to prepare them for the diverse demands of 21st century careers. The department has close ties with local Scandinavian communities, including a partnership with Seattle’s National Nordic Museum. Alumni from the department have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of occupations, including teaching, government service, business and more.
You can put your Scandanavian Studies major to use as a(n):
- Business analyst
- Environmental scientist
- Executive director
- Creative coordinator
- Instructional designer
- Technical writer
- Industrial designer
Expand Your Knowledge Abroad
The department has formal exchange agreements with several Scandinavian and Baltic universities where you can earn study abroad transfer credit applicable to a UW degree. You can also earn credit in approved summer programs such as those in Uppsala, Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki, or Copenhagen. The Copenhagen Classroom summer program, offered by the department, is open to all UW students.
Find Yourself in Scandinavian Studies
Prepare for an increasingly multicultural and global society.
Department of Scandinavian Studies Stories
As a UW undergrad, Amanda Doxtater fell in love with the Swedish book Kris (Crisis). As a UW professor, she completed its first translation into English.
Four exceptional graduating seniors have been selected as Dean's Medalists by the College of Arts & Sciences.