The Scandinavian Section at UCLA...

Royce Hall

Since its inception in 1972, the Scandinavian Section has been one of the premiere programs in the country for the study of Nordic languages and literatures on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Along with a sister department at UC Berkeley, the Scandinavian Section provides members of the University of California community, and the citizens of California, with up-to-date, scholarly information and instruction on topics concerning the Nordic countries with a particular emphasis on their cultures, their histories and their languages.

The Scandinavian Section is fortunate to be housed in UCLA's landmark building, Royce Hall. The third floor suite includes faculty and teaching assistant offices, a small reading room, and a lounge. After the devastating Northridge earthquake in 1993, Royce Hall was restored to its former glory.

The Scandinavian Section offers a BA in Scandinavian Languages and Cultures, a minor in Scandinavian Studies, and an MA in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures. The Section also offers a Ph.D. through the Department of Germanic Languages. The programs are described in detail in the degree programs section of this website.

The Scandinavian Section also offers instruction in many of the Nordic languages. Some of these courses are offered by UCLA instructors, while others are offered through a partnership with UC Berkeley and makes use of Internet 2.0 video-conferencing technology.

Instruction in the Scandinavian Section is marked by our personal attention to students, and our deep commitment to undergraduate education. Section faculty are among the leading innovators in instructional technology at UCLA.

Section faculty are also recognized for their innovative research projects. These include the archaeological excavations at Mosfell in Iceland, investigations of the connections between Scandinavia and early Hollywood, the development of an automated morphological analysis tool for Old Icelandic, investigations of Henrik Ibsen's dramatic oeuvre, and a mapping project focusing on nineteenth century Danish folklore.


Course descriptions

Descriptions of currently available courses can be found at the registrar's website by following the link here


CMS Colloquium

Friday, April 18, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm

2534 Melnitz Hall

CMS and the Scandinavian Section co-present a guest lecture by Anna Westerståhl Stenport

The Threat of the Thaw: Cold War on the Screen, Arctic Geopolitics, and Environments

The Arctic, hotspot of current geopolitical controversy and emblematic site of accelerating climate change effects, has a long and rich history of cinematic representation, from early polar expedition film to recent environmentalist documentaries. This talk explores figurations of the Arctic during the Cold War in American, Soviet, and European feature film. Discussing how the region—and especially the ice covering the Arctic Ocean—has been mobilized as both bulwark and porous border between opposing power factions and for environmental reasons, this presentation also analyzes how this legacy persists in current filmmaking.

Anna Westerståhl Stenport is Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies and Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, where she also directs the European Union Center. Her books include Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic (co-edited with Scott MacKenzie) and forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press (2014); Nordic Film Classics: Lukas Moodysson's 'Show Me Love' (Washington UP, 2012); Locating August Strindberg's Prose: Modernism, Transnationalism, Setting (Toronto UP, 2010) and The International Strindberg: New Critical Essays (Northwestern UP, 2012).

For more information, please contact Arne Lunde at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it