Scandinavian Language and Literature

Scandinavian Language and Literature

Scandinavian Language and Literature - Bachelor's Programme

The language of instruction in this programme is Norwegian. Read more about the programme on the Norwegian website

This programme is the study of Norwegian and Scandinavian literature and language in interplay with the media and cultural expressions in a larger global context.

The Norwegian language has connections with other languages and cultures, and Norwegian literature may not be seen as a distinctly Norwegian phenomenon.

Texts by Norwegian authors Erlend Loe and Hanne Ørstavik may not be properly understood before they have been placed in a contemporary mass media context in today's world of cultural globalization. In this manner, Norwegian classical authors Hamsun and Ibsen, as well as the Icelandic Sagas may not be understood without their contemporary context.

The aim of the programme is to enable students to analyze and understand Norwegian literature and language with a modern systematic and historical approach.

About the Programme

Scandinavian Language and Literature at bachelor's level consists of two disciplines:

  • Linguistics
  • Literature

Both disciplines have Norwegian as their central object of study. With basis in both classical and modern texts, students are provided with training in linguistic and literary analysis and methodology. Through the overview provided in the programme students are given an historical framework for understanding our present time, both in the fields of language and literature.

Since significant parts of Nordic Language and Literature are interrelated to a broader understanding of modern society, impulses from other subject areas are relevant to the course of study:

  • In the study of literature, we will see Norwegian and Scandinavian literature in relation to other art forms such as film, pictorial art and music, thus developing cross-aesthetic understanding and interest.
  • In the study of Norwegian language, you may for instance study how other national languages have influenced and still influence Norwegian.

The programme of study also aims to further develop the students' proficiency in the two official Norwegian written languages. Skills in written presentation is therefore an integrated part of the academic content of the programme.

The language of instruction in this programme is Norwegian

You have to meet the Norwegian language requirements, or have a Scandinavian language as your mother tongue, if you want to apply to any of NTNU’s degree programmes taught in Norwegian.

You also must meet the basic requirement for admission, and demonstrate that you meet the English language requirements.

The application deadline for the programme is April 15th. Students apply through Samordna Opptak.

The faculty of Humanities offer a wide range of courses taught in English in our various fields of studies, both at bachelor's and master's level.


Visiting address:
Building 5, level 5

Postal address:
Department of Language and Literature
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
NO-7491 Trondheim