The Viking Age, for better and for worse, influenced world history, and Viking culture still resonates in contemporary Sweden and beyond. Walk in the Vikings’ historical footsteps, from Sweden to Iceland, as you examine Viking society, politics, expansion, gender roles, religion, and legacy.
In this course, we study the history and worldview of pre-Christian Scandinavians as reflected in medieval textual sources and in poems and artifacts from the Viking Age (793 to 1066 CE). We examine Norse society, political structures, gender ideals, religion, and mythology. Learn about Viking expansion, colonies, and conquests. An essential part of this interdisciplinary course is dedicated to medieval Icelandic sagas and how Vikings are portrayed in modern public history and contemporary popular culture.
Core Course Study Tours
This program travels on Study Tours to the following destinations:
Week-Long Study Tour: Iceland
Core Course Week: Sweden
Early in the semester, you delve into your academic focus during Core Course Week, in which you travel on a short Study Tour for three days in Sweden, combined with a two-day seminar in Stockholm. Later in the semester, you travel again with your Core Course on a week-long Study Tour in Europe.
While on tour, theories learned in the classroom come to life by meeting with professionals and experts in your field who contribute to furthering your understanding of course topics. Study Tours are hands-on and experiential, combining theory with practice, and expose you to additional cultural perspectives. You have the opportunity to visit sites and experts in your field of interest that you may not otherwise have access too.
Add elective courses to complement your Core Course at DIS Stockholm. You decide how to build your course load based on your needs and interests!
Electives range across disciplines and include research, labs, and even Exploration Electives, which come with a travel component.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.