History of Scandinavian Studies (Nordic) at UW-Madison
Established in 1875, the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the oldest Scandinavian Studies department in the United States. Since its founding, the department has offered a variety of courses on literature, language/linguistics, culture, philology, and folklore, within the field of Scandinavian and Nordic.
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Nordic Program Partners
The Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures is committed to the languages and cultural traditions of this region's diverse peoples. We foster research and the preservation of archival collections, while producing educational and outreach programs for a broad public audience. We also assist community groups, classrooms, and scholars with projects involving Upper Midwestern Cultures
In 2010, the ScanDesign Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun, based in Seattle, Washington, established a study abroad fellowship program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program is designed to foster Danish-American relations by providing generous financial support to undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to study abroad in Denmark.
Folklore Studies is a multidisciplinary field of study concerned with the documentation and analysis of verbal, customary, musical, material, and performance traditions. From oral stories to folksongs, dance to fiber arts, students in Folklore Studies use ethnographic methods to examine how traditions are sustained, revived, modified, or invented by individuals and communities. CLFS offers courses on form, theory, methods, and public presentation, with an emphasis on cross-cultural approaches.