Finnish Studies

Now is an exciting time to check out Finnish Studies at Finlandia University!

Finnish StudiesThe Finnish Studies minor program is an interdisciplinary area studies program currently under development to complement and augment any major field of study offered at Finlandia University. Finnish Studies minors build an understanding of aspects of Finnish history, culture, and society, which can be arranged to correspond directly with the student’s major field, or to call to a student’s unique interests separate from the major.

What will i do with a finnish studies minor?

In connection with a student’s major program, a Finnish Studies minor provides the graduate with numerous options: it is a particularly attractive specialization to prepare for careers in international business, social sciences and humanities fields, as well as for the local job market, in which Finnish culture and heritage is an important aspect of public life.

What classes will I take?

The Finnish Studies minor consists of 21 credits of a student’s choosing encompassing aspects of the social sciences, history, arts and literature, and language. Two years of Finnish language study and the History and Culture of Finland class are popular offerings. Additional coursework in the Kalevala, Finnish heritage in America, and many more are currently under development. Students in the minor are uniquely poised to help shape the program to best suit their needs and interests. Courses in the program satisfy Finlandia Foundations and Finlandia Core course requirements, as well as various other requirements across the curriculum.

Study Abroad

Finlandia University boasts several study abroad options in Finland, both specific to major programs, and open to all disciplines. Students may spend as little as three weeks, or as long as a semester in programs designed for cross-cultural experience, language proficiency, job skills development, and independent research.

Learn more about Study Abroad opportunities

Financial Aid Opportunities

Several non-institutional scholarships are available to Finnish Studies minors and students of Finnish heritage, all of which are competitive awards. For more information on these awards, contact Professor Hilary Virtanen or the Department of Financial Aid.

Learn more about Financial Aid

Finnish Studies Staff

Hilary VirtanenAssistant Professor, Finnish and Nordic StudiesFinlandia Universityhilary.virtanen@finlandia.edu906-487-7514
Jason OyadomariAssociate Professor of Biology & Dean of Suomi College of Arts and SciencesFinlandia Universityjason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu906-487-7381

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