What will I learn?

Through earning a BA in Swedish, students connect to a culture of influential artists, renowned designers and innovative problem-solvers. Students build advanced linguistic skills through a three-year program in language and literature. These skills, combined with cultural surveys of Sweden, Scandinavia, and the Baltics; specialized courses on literature and culture; and diverse study abroad opportunities, open the door to new insights and opportunities. Prepared with knowledge from world leaders in welfare, business, and gender equity, graduates pursue careers in business and nonprofit work, law, academia, and STEM industries across the globe.

First Year Swedish 1 (SWED 101) is available only in the fall quarter. Because the core of the Swedish major is building advanced linguistic skills over the course of three years, students should sign up for this class as early as possible.

Degree Requirements

65 credits of which 30 are on the 300 level or above.

1. First- and second-year courses in Swedish (30 credits)

2. Upper-division courses in Swedish from list of approved courses. (10 credits)

SWED 300 Swedish Women Writers

SWED 301 Topics in Swedish Literature and Culture

SWED 302 The Swedish Novel

SWED 352 Strindberg and His Works

SWED 395 Foreign Study: Swedish Area Studies

SWED 399 Foreign Study: Topics in Swedish Literature and Culture

SWED 490 Supervised Reading

3. Upper-division SCAND courses from list of approved courses. (20 credits)

SCAND 312 Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature

SCAND 315 Scandinavian Crime Fiction

SCAND 316 Child and School in Scandinavia

SCAND 326 Scandinavia in World Affairs

SCAND 327 Women in Scandinavian Society

SCAND 330 Scandinavian Mythology

SCAND 331 Folk Narrative

SCAND 334 Immigrant and Ethnic Folklore

SCAND 335 Scandinavian Children's Literature

SCAND 340 Kalevala and the Epic Tradition

SCAND 341 Sami Culture and History

SCAND 344 The Baltic States and Scandinavia

SCAND 345 Baltic Cultures

SCAND 350 Environmental Norms in International Politics

SCAND 351 Scandinavia, the European Union, and Global Climate Change

SCAND 352 Innovation in Scandinavia

SCAND 360 Scandinavian Cinema

SCAND 361 Danish Cinema

SCAND 365 Finnish Popular Culture

SCAND 367 Sexuality in Scandinavia: Myth and Reality

SCAND 370 The Vikings

SCAND 380 History of Scandinavia to 1720

SCAND 381 History of Scandinavia Since 1720

SCAND 399 Foreign Study in Scandinavia

SCAND 402 International Political Economy and Scandinavia

SCAND 427 Scandinavian Women Writers in English Translation

SCAND 430 Readings in Folklore

SCAND 431 The Northern European Ballad

SCAND 437 Politics in Scandinavia

SCAND 445 War and Occupation in Northern Europe: History, Fiction, and Memoir

SCAND 450 Scandinavian Literary History

SCAND 454 Baltic History

SCAND 455 Baltic Politics and Society Today

SCAND 460 History of the Scandinavian Languages

SCAND 465 Translation Workshop in Nordic and Baltic Languages

SCAND 470 Scandinavian Auteurs

SCAND 479 Eco-Capitalism

SCAND 480 Kierkegaard and Decadence in European Literature

SCAND 481 August Strindberg and European Cultural History

SCAND 482 Knut Hamsun and Early European Modernism

SCAND 490 Special Topics

SCAND 495 Foreign Study: Research Project

SCAND 499 Independent Study or Research

4. SCAND 498 Senior Capstone Project(5 credits)

Credits earned during studies in Sweden can be transferred in consultation with the Foreign Study Office and the Scandinavian Department.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$39,114.00 per year
Start date

Expected June, September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.