University of Wisconsin–Madison

Nordic Literature MA and PhD

Literature MA and PhD

In addition to the general requirements, there are special course requirements for degree candidates in each of the areas of specialization. Undergraduate work may count in fulfillment of these requirements (and the requirements can sometimes be adjusted to take into consideration the preparation and needs of individual students).

See also the Graduate Resources, and the Graduate School home page for more information on applying.

MA in Literature:

The following are departmental guidelines for a literature specialization, though ultimately everything must be approved by the graduate advisor:

1. 30 graduate credits, 16 in residence;
2. Advanced competency in a modern Scandinavian Language; if the modern Scandinavian Language is Finnish or Icelandic, a working knowledge of Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish is required;
3. Minimal competency (e.g. ETS score of 525) in German or another research language approved by the department;
4. A comprehensive written and oral examination;
5. Scand. St. 401: Contemporary Scandinavian Languages
6. Scand. St. 407: Old Norse-Icelandic;
7. Scand. St. 410: Introduction to Scandinavian Linguistics;
8. Scand St 431: History of Scandinavian to 1815, or Scand st. 432: History of Scandinavia since 1815, or Scand st. 577: Contemporary Scandinavia;
9. One of the following, depending on individual circumstances (and determined in consultation with the graduate advisor): Scand. St. 633-636. Survey of Scandinavian Literature 1300-1920 (4 courses),
10. A course that includes research methods and bibliography;
11. understanding of the reading List for the Masters program in literature.

PhD in Literature:

The following are departmental guidelines for candidates for the PhD degree in literature, though ultimately everything must be approved by the graduate advisor, these requirements are in addition to the M.A. requirements:

1. A minimum of 21 credits beyond the M.A. degree (16 in residence), including at least two seminars. In ordinary circumstances, graduate students entering the program with a B.A. will be required to take the M.A. before they can proceed to the Ph.D.;
2. A Ph.D. minor of 10-12 credits in another field;
3. Scand St. 407 and Scand St. 408: Old Norse I and II;
4. Either minimal satisfactory competence (e.g., an ETS score of 525) in German and another research language approved by the department, 
OR advanced competency (e.g., an ETS score of 675) in German or another research language approved by the department;
5. Detailed knowledge of the literature of one Scandinavian country
 AND general knowledge of the literature of the other Scandinavian countries;
6. Familiarity with the history and structure of the Scandinavian languages;
7. Orientation in the history and institutions of the Scandinavian countries;
8. A written preliminary examination taken no later than one year before the student expects to receive the degree;
9. A dissertation