The Friends of Scandinavian Studies

Scandinavian Studies
at the University of Oregon

Friends of Scandinavian Studies

You don't have to be Scandinavian to join Friends of Scandinavian Studies!

Scandinavia is a culture rich in history as well as contemporary thought. The Scandinavian Studies Program at the University of Oregon is committed to preserving and promoting Scandinavian languages and literatures. Friends of Scandinavian Studies is a community-university volunteer organization that works to support the Department of German and Scandinavian in these efforts.

We help promote and give financial support for speakers and programs. We give scholarships to UO students and help defray the cost of magazines and books. While we enjoy many of the academic lectures, we also get together in programs such as folkdance, film, exhibits, and much more.

We invite everyone to join the Friends of Scandinavian Studies.

Lona Murphy
President, FSS

Scandinavian Studies at the UO

Courses in the Scandinavian languages were first offered at the University of Oregon in 1899, although the early courses included only introductory sections of Norwegian-Swedish and Danish. Today, the Scandinavian Studies Program has grown to include not only language courses but also courses in Scandinavian literature and culture.

The University of Oregon is one of the few institutions to offer students courses that deal with the full spectrum of Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. These courses are offered through the Department of German and Scandinavian.