As the first liberal arts college founded by Norwegian settlers and located in a community with a distinctly Norwegian flavor, Luther has a vital interest in European cultures and languages.
Luther‘s strong ties to Norway have fostered a keen awareness of Scandinavian culture, history, and economics among both the faculty and the student body. As a result, students majoring in Scandinavian studies have a strong base on which to build.
Seven courses form the core of the Scandinavian studies major. Students seeking a major complete at least two semesters of intermediate Norwegian, as well as the composition and conversation course. The remaining classes involve some coursework in Ibsen and modern Norwegian literature, as well as Scandinavian immigration, history, folk art, and folklore.
The goals of the course sequence are to equip Luther students with the language skills necessary to understand and appreciate the culture and literature of Scandinavia and to use the language in a variety of professions or in graduate school.
Map: Scandinavian countries; Wikimedia Commons, by Hayden 120