Scandinavian Studies

The interdisciplinary program in Scandinavian Studies acquaints students with different aspects of Nordic culture and society. In addition to a four-year curriculum in the Swedish language, the program offers courses, taught in English, dealing with Nordic history, masterworks of Scandinavian literature and film, Finnish and Sami culture, and the sagas of the Viking Age. Other courses feature Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish culture as well as units on Scandinavian-American immigration. Emphasis is placed on modern life and the influence of the New Europe in present-day Scandinavia.

While students can complete a major on campus, the Scandinavian Studies department encourages students to study abroad in one of the Nordic countries. Nearly all Scandinavian Studies majors will spend one or two semesters at a Nordic university or college. Study abroad in the Nordic countries is also easily arranged for other qualified students who have a general interest in Scandinavia. Gustavus has three exchange programs in Sweden, with University of Uppsala, Linnaeus University, and Mora Folkhögskola. Study opportunities are also available in other regions of Scandinavia, with courses taught in English and a Nordic language. Off-campus courses traveling to Scandinavia are also occasionally offered during January Interim.

Name Title Phone Web
Glenn Kranking ’98 Associate Professor and Chair 507-933-7435 web
Ursula Lindqvist Associate Professor 507-933-7422
Kjerstin Moody ’98 Associate Professor 507-933-7423
David Jessup Instructor 507-933-6059
Carl Olsen Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7422
Jenny Tollefson Administrative Assistant 507-933-7391
Roger McKnight Professor Emeritus
Byron Nordstrom Professor Emeritus web
Roland Thorstensson Professor Emeritus