Bachelor’s degree programmes in Scandinavian languages offer double major study only. Students are free to combine their programme with any other field of study. There is only one master’s programme (Scandinavian Studies) which is studied as a double major.
The curriculum of the bachelor’s programme of study is segmented into six semesters (3 years), while the master’s programme is divided into four semesters (2 years).
The master’s programme provides students with the opportunity to choose a field of specialisation and places more emphasis on individual work and individual consultations with the teachers, especially during the second year of the programme. It is also required that students gain understanding of the other two Scandinavian languages over the course of the two-year study.
To complete the bachelor’s and the master’s programmes of study, the students are required to defend their final thesis (i.e., a bachelor’s or a master’s thesis) and successfully complete the state examination (that is, the bachelor’s examination or the state final examination). Upon completing their bachelor’s or master’s programmes of study, the graduates are awarded the degree of Bachelor or Master, respectively.
Graduates of the bachelor’s programme of study acquire intermediate knowledge of the Danish/Norwegian/Swedish language (equivalent to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference). They also familiarise themselves with the literature, culture, and history of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, as well as Scandinavia as a whole. They develop analytical thinking skills and learn how to work with information.
Graduates are best suited for positions in companies trading with Denmark, Norway, or Sweden, and in Scandinavian companies operating in the Czech Republic. Their wide knowledge of Scandinavian culture and social development is also a prerequisite for a career in cultural institutions, public administration, the media, foreign missions, and tourism.
Moreover, graduates of the Danish/Norwegian/Swedish Studies bachelor’s programmes are qualified to continue their studies in the Scandinavian Studies master’s programme, offered by the Department of Germanic Studies.
Graduates of the Scandinavian Studies master’s programme are highly advanced in one Scandinavian language and have passive knowledge of the other two Scandinavian languages. Aside from that, they also have profound knowledge of Scandinavian literature, culture, history, and society. Furthermore, they are highly skilled at analysing and consolidating acquired information.
Graduates can pursue careers in several areas. Their profound knowledge of Scandinavian culture and social development is a prerequisite for a career in cultural institutions, public administration, the media, foreign missions, the diplomatic service, tourism, and specialised fields of research. They also meet the requirements for a career in translation.
Graduates of Scandinavian Studies are qualified to continue their studies in the Germanic Languages and Literature doctoral programme, also offered by the Department of Germanic Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University.