The Norwegian Minor

Students who elect the minor program in Norwegian Studies must meet with Kimberly Kenny, Senior Lecturer in Norwegian ( before the end of Spring Quarter of their third year to declare their intention to complete the minor and must submit a form obtained from their College adviser. Students choose courses in consultation with Dr. Kenny. The department’s approval for the minor program should be submitted to the student's College adviser by the deadline above on the form.

Requirements for the Norwegian Minor:

  1. Beginning language cycle (NORW 10100-10200-10300 First-Year Norwegian I-II-III)
  2. Three additional courses are required to complete the minor. These courses may include:

Intermediate-level Norwegian language courses and/or literature courses
NORW 10400 Intermediate Norwegian I: Introduction to Literature
NORW 10500 Intermediate Norwegian II

Courses in the minor may not be double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors and may not be counted toward general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades, and more than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers. Minor program requirements are subject to revision.

For more information on the Norwegian program please contact Kimberly Kenny:


Edvard Munch, "The Dance of Life" (1899), oil on canvas. Courtesy of National Museum, Norway.
Edvard Munch, "The Dance of Life" (1899), oil on canvas. Courtesy of National Museum, Norway.

Norwegian Language and Literature Courses

Norwegian Language and Literature Courses

For information on the department's Norwegian language program, please contact the senior instructor for Norwegian, Kimberly Kenny (

First Year Norwegian I, II, III. 
NORW 10100-10200-10300. 

The aim of this sequence is to provide students with minimal proficiency in the four language skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening - with a special emphasis on speaking. To achieve these goals, we undertake an overview of all major grammar topics and work to acquire a substantial vocabulary.
NB: NORW 10100 is offered every quarter; NORW 10200 only in Winter; NORW 10300 only in Spring.
Kimberly Kenny, Autumn, Winter, Spring.

Intermediate Norwegian I. Introduction to Literature.
NORW 10400. 

PQ: NORW 10300 or consent of instructor. 
This course combines intensive review of all basic grammar with the acquisition of more advanced grammar concepts. While our main priority remains oral proficiency, we work to develop our reading and writing skills. We challenge our reading ability with more sophisticated examples of Norwegian prose and strengthen our writing through essay writing. The centerpiece of the course is the contemporary Norwegian novel Naiv. Super. 
Kimberly Kenny, Spring.

Literature of the Occupation, NORW 26700
The German Occupation of Norway, which lasted from April 9, 1940 to May 7, 1945 is indisputable the most significant event in modern Norwegian history. The aim of this course is to use literature of and about this period to characterize the Occupation experience in Norway. While our texts come primarily from Norwegians, one novel is German and two others, American. Given the context for these works, we will consider them not only as fiction, but also as history and even propaganda. Ultimately, we will address the issue of national myth-making: To what extent have Norwegians mythologized their Occupation experience and is this apparent in our texts?
Kimberly Kenny, Winter, 2021

Reading and Research Course in Norwegian. 
NORW 29700. 
PQ: Consent of instructor and director of undergraduate studies. 
Students must consult with the instructor by the eighth week of the preceding quarter to determine the subject of the course and the work to be done. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. 
Kimberly Kenny, Autumn, Winter, Spring.