ABOUT THE PROGRAM IN FINNISH STUDIES
The Program in Finnish Studies at Columbia University offers courses in Finnish language and culture. The courses can be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement at Columbia. You can start studying Finnish as a total beginner or, if you already know some Finnish, you may be placed in intermediate or advanced courses. Contact the Finnish instructor to find the most suitable course for you. Classes are relatively small, which entails ample teacher attention and friendly atmosphere. The Program has a small reference library with works both in the original language and in translation. Furthermore, the Columbia libraries have got an extensive collection of Finnish literature, both fiction and non-fiction.
Students taking Finnish represent different schools and various areas of study. We have had students from Barnard College, Columbia College, School of Continuing Education, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of General Studies, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation etc. They have been majors in fields such as Anthropology, Architecture, Biology, Computer Science, English, Environmental Science, French, German Literature and Cultural History, Hispanic Studies, Political Science, Linguistics and Political Science.
The Program in Finnish Studies is located in The Deutsches Haus, located at 420 W 116th St, on the second floor. It is part of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures where alongside German you can also study Finnish, Swedish, Dutch and Yiddish.
Picture: Finnish classroom in Hamilton Hall 308 by Emmi Pollari