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The Scandinavian Studies program at Augustana College seeks to educate its students in the language, culture, literature, and history of the Scandinavian countries.

From the very beginning, our courses teach language and culture in tandem, with the goal of helping students develop intercultural understanding and communication skills. Intermediate Swedish language courses are organized around themes and provide students with opportunities to expand their language skills and their understanding of Scandinavian culture at the same time. Swedish language courses are complemented by more in-depth culture classes taught in English that are part of the college's liberal arts core and also fulfill requirements for the Scandinavian Studies major and minor.

The Scandinavian Studies program strives to help its students feel at home in Scandinavia by offering classes on a wide variety of cultural topics and by fostering inter-cultural understanding. Classes are small, and the experienced faculty members are eager to share with their students their love of the Swedish language, of the countries where it is spoken, and of these countries' rich history and culture.


101-3: Elementary Swedish
211: From Folk Music to Pop Music (taught in Swedish)
212: Masterpieces of Swedish Literature (taught in Swedish)
310: Geography and Tourism (taught in Swedish) 
216: Scandinavian Crime Fiction (taught in English) 
220: Germanic Folklore, Legends and Fairy Tales (taught in English) 
241: Scandinavian Film (taught in English) 
2xx: A Young Person’s Guide to Sweden (taught in Swedish)
315: Class, Gender and Sexuality in Naturalist Literature (taught in English)
330: Old Norse Sagas (taught in English)
351: Swedish Immigration to the U.S. (taught in English)