The Undergraduate Certificate in Scandinavian Studies provides students with a thorough understanding of the language, culture, history, and literature of the Nordic nations including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The Nordic region is known for its innovative approaches to democracy, literature, and the arts, as well as its history surrounding colonialism, migration, and globalization. This certificate may be of particular interest to students who plan to enter government service, tourism and hospitality, or global business, and complements many different majors including history, political science, international studies, economics, geography, foreign languages and anthropology. Students interested in a career that works with the Scandinavian population or with a corporation with Scandinavian operations may find this certificate particularly valuable.
Study abroad is not required, but many students find that an overseas experience is life-changing and an exceptional complement to their studies in the US.
Certificates are similar to minors in terms of credit requirements but draw on coursework from multiple fields of study rather than from a single department.
The Scandinavian Studies Undergraduate Certificate Program is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM and to students who previously received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university. Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already have a bachelor's degree receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements.
To complete the certificate, students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.000 in 18 credits of Scandinavian Studies courses, as listed below.
Scandinavian studies courses completed elsewhere, with the approval of the program coordinator, will be accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the certificate. The majority of the certificate requirements may be completed at Mälardalen University, UWM's sister university in Sweden. Students attending Mälardalen University pay UWM tuition and take courses on the Swedish language and Scandinavian culture. Students also may take courses in pursuit of their other academic interests, either in Swedish or in English.
|Select two of the following:||6|
|12 credits in elective courses are required, and may include additional language courses. Courses may also be selected from the approved list (below) or from other appropriate courses identified and approved by the program coordinator.||12|
|Seminar on Scandinavian Culture:|
|Independent Reading (Hans Christian Andersen and/or Nineteenth Century Scandinavian Literature [Additional appropriate courses may be offered under this rubric])|
|Topics in European History: (History of the Vikings)|
Or one of the following:
|Special Topics in the History of Modern Philosophy: (with appropriate subtitle)|