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Scandinavian Languages

The study of Scandinavian languages covers the linguistic traits of North Germanic languages, such as Swedish, Danish and Icelandic. Graduates with Scandinavian language skills may seek work abroad as well as in the U.S.

Inside Scandinavian Languages

Scandinavian languages include Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic and Faroese. These languages share common North Germanic roots and a degree of mutual intelligibility among speakers. They are noted for their extensive use of musical speech patterns and diacritic, or accented, letters. Finnish isn't usually considered one of the Scandinavian languages, but this doesn't prevent some programs from offering it in the curriculum.

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Undergraduate and graduate degree programs offering Scandinavian studies often allow a choice of which languages to concentrate in. Students learn grammar rules and pronunciation and practice speaking, reading and writing. The linguistic components, as well as the literature, history and culture of the region, are also covered. Study abroad opportunities are offered at the bachelor's degree level, and fluency in a Scandinavian language is typically expected in graduate degree programs.

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