Scandinavian Studies is a program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of Scandinavia, defined as Northern Europe including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, related island groups (including Greenland), and borderlands.
Scandinavian Studies majors and degree programs generally include courses in historical and modern Northern Europe politics, culture, economics, and society, and linguistics. Your job prospects will be stronger if you double major in an entirely different field, such as business, international relations, political science, economics, STEM, or education. A double major will give you a vast range of skills you can apply to a variety of careers and fields, from business to PR to teaching.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Scandinavian Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " Scandinavian Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Scandinavian Studies?
A degree in this field offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in education, teaching, and translation. In addition, there may be opportunities in broader professions like international aid, diplomacy, journalism, hospitality, and the creative arts.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Scandinavian Studies:
Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Scandinavian Association
- Norwegian Society and Church Service
- Scandinavian Trade Association
Publications/Magazines in Scandinavian Studies: