Why Major in Scandinavian Studies?
The opportunity to explore this distinctive European culture, learn a new language, and study abroad will prepare you to live in a multicultural world, standing out as resourceful, flexible, and able to demonstrate creative and critical thinking. No field—or country—is out of reach after graduation. Our graduates go on to study or work in everything from nonprofit to education to business, in the United States and abroad.
Experiencing firsthand the culture and customs of a Scandinavian country will both expand your worldview and bring into sharp focus what you have learned in the classroom. Students can study in Norway, Finland, Iceland, or Sweden, where the 35-year-old SVF program in Jönköping is the longest continuous exchange program between the United States and Sweden. Opportunities to study abroad with the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) are also available.
Chicago As a Classroom
The Swedish American Museum is in the nearby, traditionally Swedish neighborhood of Andersonville, close enough for field trips, internships, and cultural events. Our own Center for Scandinavian Studies provides connections with many organizations. Cultural experiences throughout the city and its many neighborhoods will enrich your North Park education.
The cultural education experience and language skills Stina (Peterson) Dufour C’08 gained from her Scandinavian studies major helped her land a job managing study abroad programs at New York University.