Augustana offers a 27-credit major in Scandinavian Studies and an 18-credit minor in Scandinavian Studies. Along with the Swedish language, courses cover a wide range of cultural topics, including literature, drama, art and film — classical to contemporary. Many students of Scandinavian Studies combine this major with another of Augustana’s nearly 90 majors and related academic programs.
Students of Scandinavian Studies often participate in the Swedish conversation table, Scandinavian Club and the annual Sankta Lucia festival. Students also participate in activities with the local American Scandinavian Association, such as volunteering at the annual Påsk (Easter) celebration with local children.
The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, a national library and archives for the study of Swedish immigration and Swedish-America, is also on campus. These resources for Scandinavian Studies are among the finest in the United States, with a collection of about 20,000 books including many in Swedish.
Students benefit from small, active classes. Whether discussing a work by a Scandinavian author or film director, comparing cultural movements of today and a century ago, or conversing in Swedish, students can learn the language and culture in more depth when they work closely with professors in a small-group setting.
Founded by Swedish graduates of the Universities of Uppsala and Lund in 1860, Augustana College is the oldest Swedish-American institution of higher learning in the United States. Augustana is one of the very few U.S. colleges and universities to offer a program in Swedish language study, along with Scandinavian literature, film, art, culture and history.