Ønsker du å lære norsk på nettet?*

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This spring, the UND Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures launched an online Norwegian language program. These beginner Norwegian courses are the only university-based, online, for-credit classes available in North America. Consequently, current enrollment in NORW 101 has attracted students from across the United States and Canada.

These online offerings are a great opportunity to set the UND Norwegian program apart from other universities in the country. Our goal is to “connect Scandinavian-American heritage to contemporary Norway within the community and campus,” said Dr. Melissa Gjellstad, Assistant Professor of Languages – Norwegian. “Our program enables UND to reach broadly outside the Red River Valley and allows North Dakotans and others the opportunity to connect Norwegian heritage with the language, culture, and society of Scandinavia today.”

For more information or to enroll in the 2011-12 Norwegian online courses, please visit: http://arts-sciences.und.edu/languages/norwegian .

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Dr. Melissa Gjellstad took her first Norwegian class in college to fulfill an undergraduate language requirement. A subsequent study abroad program at the University of Oslo ignited her passion for Norwegian literature, culture, and society. Her curiosity became a career trajectory, and she completed a Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages & Literatures at the University of Washington in 2004. After teaching at Indiana University and researching at the University of Agder in Norway, Gjellstad returned to her native North Dakota in 2008 as a professor, in order to grow the Norwegian program at UND. She has also been involved with the Heritage Society in Minot, ND.