Check out Finnish & Nordic Studies at Finlandia University!
The Finnish & Nordic Studies minor program is an interdisciplinary area studies program that can complement and augment any major field of study offered at Finlandia University. Finnish & Nordic Studies minors build an understanding of aspects of Nordic history, culture, and society with a special focus on Finland, 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 & Nordic studies minor?
In connection with a student’s major program, a Finnish & Nordic 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 encompassing aspects of the social sciences, history, arts and literature, and language. Students in the minor are uniquely poised to help shape the program to best suit their needs and interests. Courses in the program satisfy a number of requirements across the curriculum. While all students in the minor are required to complete FNS 221: History and Culture of Finland, the remaining 18 credit hours are selected by the student in coordination with their advisor. Selected classes include (number of credit hours in parentheses):
FNS 151 ELEMENTARY FINNISH I (4)
FNS 152 ELEMENTARY FINNISH II (4)
FNS 221 HISTORY AND CULTURE OF FINLAND (3)
FNS 251 INTERMEDIATE FINNISH I (4)
FNS 252 INTERMEDIATE FINNISH II (4)
FNS 310 NORDIC LITERATURE (3)
FNS 316 GENDER IN NORDIC SOCIETY (3)
FNS 330 SÁMI HISTORY AND CULTURE (3)
FNS 360 KALEVALA (3)
FNS 490 PALOHEIMO FELLOWS SEMINAR (3) (STUDY ABROAD)
Seminar in Finnish culture and society as well as anthropological qualitative research methods including 2.5 week collaborative research project in Finland to take place immediately following spring semester. Enrollment by accepted application in fall term. Students build communication, professional development, and team-based research skills. Spring semesters. Prerequisites: Junior standing and instructor approval.
Wahlstrom Nordic Workshop
Every February, Finnish & Nordic Studies faculty and students attend the Wahlstrom Nordic Workshop in Beaver Creek, Wisconsin to join peers from Nordic Studies programs across the Midwest for a weekend of lectures, discussions, traditional crafts, folk dancing, tons of great food, and ax-throwing. This low-cost professional development opportunity allows students to learn what peers do in Nordic Studies, to practice giving conference-style presentations, and to consider regional options in graduate studies. For more information, contact Dr. Hilary Virtanen.
Summer Courses in Finnish from the Finnish National Agency for Education
Annual intensive courses in Finnish language are offered by the Finnish National Agency for Education to students of Finnish who study at universities outside of Finland. These courses are free, including supplies and accommodations, and so they are extremely affordable for many. The annual application period is approximately mid-January to March 1. For more information, visit the link below.
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 collaborative research.
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.
Finnish and Nordic Studies News
News and Notes from Finlandia's Finnish and Nordic Studies Program
- February 8
Price of Freedom Museum winter 2023 hours announced
After a holiday and mid-winter hiatus, one of the Finnish American Heritage Center’s most prized collections will be open to the public again.
The Price of Freedom Museum, which is North America’s largest collection of Finnish war materials, memorabilia and artifacts, will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from noon to 3 p.m., beginning February 13 through to the end of April.
The collection, which is housed on the sixth floor of Finlandia University’s Jutila Center, was donated to the [...]
- February 7
Nordic Film Series continues with comedy-drama set in northern Finland
The February selection of the Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center is a gripping, unconventional drama, “The Cuckoo.” The film will be shown on Wednesday, February 15 at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Center. The screening is open to the public; donations are appreciated.
Set in northern Finland at the close of Axis-aligned Finland’s involvement in World War II, “The Cuckoo” introduces us to pacifist Finnish soldier Veikko, who is trussed to a wilderness rock formation as [...]
- February 6
Heikinpäivä returns after two year hiatus
Finlandia celebrates halfway point of winter with community
After a two-year hiatus, Finlandia University was again able to host the patrons of Heikinpäivä at the Finnish American Heritage Center and North Wind Books to celebrate all the quirks and qualities of the Finnish people and their descendants in the region. This festival, which has been taking place mid-winter for more than [...]