Scandinavian Studies

The Department of Scandinavian Studies explores the Nordic countries' cultures, histories, and their place in the global society. The department offers language and culture courses taught in Swedish from introductory to advanced levels, as well as a breadth of courses taught in English on Nordic literature, film, culture, and history.

Features of Our Program

  • Multi-disciplinary major that incorporates language, literature, culture, film, and history
  • Largest Swedish-language program in the United States; Swedish is the second-most taught language at Gustavus
  • Close interaction with faculty and small class sizes
  • Signature "Out of Scandinavia" artist-in-residence program
  • Individual tutoring sessions led by native speakers and upper-level language students
  • Numerous study abroad opportunities in Scandinavia
  • Active student organization, The Viking Society


Where does Scandinavian Studies take you?

Our graduates have pursued careers in a rich array of professions, for example:

  • International business
  • Government/diplomacy
  • Library science
  • Higher education and college administration
  • Primary education
  • Law
  • Fine arts and arts administration
  • Non-profit work
  • Journalism and publishing
  • Literary translation
  • Ministry

A number of our graduates have continued their education in graduate programs around the world in a wide range of fields, for example:

  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • History
  • Literature
  • Education
  • Theology
  • Library studies

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