Scandinavian Section / Undergraduate Study

Scandinavian Languages and Cultures BA

Capstone Major

Learning Outcomes

The Scandinavian Languages and Cultures major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated written and oral mastery of a single Nordic language
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the other Nordic languages
  • Demonstrated specific skills and expertise, including research, analysis, and writing
  • Identification, evaluation, and analysis of appropriate primary sources
  • Working knowledge of scholarly discourse in Scandinavian languages and cultures
  • Conception and execution of a project that identifies and engages with a specialized topic
  • Engagement with peers through presentation, discussion, and critique of student work

Preparation for the Major

Required: Scandinavian 1, 2, and 3, or 11, 12, and 13, or 21, 22, and 23, or equivalent.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Scandinavian Languages and Cultures major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: one year of either Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Seven courses from at least three of the following five tracks: (1) early Nordic literatures and cultures — Scandinavian C131, 132A, 132B, C133A, C137, 138, (2) theory, genres, and authors — Scandinavian C141A, 141C, 142A, 143C, CM144A, C145A, C145B, C146A, 147A, C147B, (3) literary periods — Scandinavian 152, 155, 156, 157, (4) Scandinavian cinema — Scandinavian 161, C163A, C166A, C166C, (5) cultural studies — Scandinavian C171, C174A, 174B, C175; and one senior capstone course (Scandinavian 199) under the direction of a faculty member.

Also required is a second-year language sequence selected from Scandinavian 105A, 105B, and 105C, or 106A, 106B, and 106C, or 107A, 107B, and 107C, or 132A, 132B, and 132C. Students with language preparation equivalent to two years of language must take an additional three upper-division courses in lieu of the second-year language sequence.

As an option, four upper-division courses in a related field may be taken if approved in advance by the undergraduate adviser. In general, the courses must include significant content related to the Nordic region. It is recommended that students who plan to do graduate work in Scandinavian take German 1 through 6.