University of Wisconsin–Madison


German, Scandinavian Studies, and Slavic Languages Courses

The Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic offers a range of courses. We teach more than a dozens languages, including Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Icelandic, Kazakh, Norwegian, Old Norse, Polish, Russian, Sami, Serbo-Croatian, Swedish, Turkish, and Yiddish. Our courses explore cultures and literature from across the globe, from Iceland to Germany to Russia to Turkey. Study with GNS and see the world.

Questions regarding Undergraduate Courses can be directed to Bridget Sutton.

Questions regarding Graduate Courses can be directed to Mark Mears.

For course descriptions from current and previous semesters, please see our archive.



Spring 2018 GNS Courses

For the most up-to-date listings of courses offered by German, Nordic, and Slavic please see the Course Guide under the subject headings GERMAN, SCAND ST, SLAVIC, and LITTRANS (Literature in Translation), and for Turkish and Kazakh courses see LCA LANG listings.

In the fall, GNS will offer introductory (first semester) courses in the following languages: Czech, Danish, Finnish, German, Modern Icelandic, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish. We will offer intermediate and advanced courses in these and other languages, including Polish and Serbo-Croatian.

German, Nordic, and Slavic Course Descriptions for Spring 2018:

German course descriptions

Scandinavian Studies course descriptions

Slavic course descriptions

Descriptions for GNS courses taught in Literature in Translation and LCA Language

Please contact our Undergraduate Coordinator for more information.

For course descriptions from current and previous semesters, please see our archive.

Summer 2018 GNS Courses

GNS offers a range of exciting courses this summer, offered both online and on campus. Class information coming soon.

Students seeking to enroll in Directed Study courses for German, Scandinavian Studies, Slavic, or GNS must complete a Directed Study Form. Students should complete the form in conversation with the instructor with whom they plan to take the course. In most cases, students will not be authorized to enroll in a Directed Study courses until they have completed and submitted the form to our Undergraduate Coordinator.