St. Olaf CollegeAcademic CatalogSt. Olaf College

Table of Contents

An Education for the 21st Century: Academic Life
» The Mission
» The St. Olaf Curriculum
» Majors and More
» The 4-1-4 Calendar
» Academic Advising
» Academic Support
» Academic Resources
» The Campus

Graduation Requirements
Academic Regulations and Procedures
International and Off-Campus Studies
Special Programs
Admissions and Financial Aid
Life Outside the Classroom
Facts and Figures
College Calendar

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Northfield, MN 55057



Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.

The Campus

Located in Northfield, Minn., 40 miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the St. Olaf campus includes 30 major academic, residential, and service buildings, most of which are constructed in the Scandinavian-modern architectural style. For a current map, see

Academic Buildings

The Old Main (1878 and 1983): Language classrooms and offices. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Steensland Museum (1902): International and Off-Campus Studies Office, Asian Studies

Speech-Theater Building (1920 and 1977): Department of Theatre and theater arts facilities, including two theaters

Holland Hall (1925 and 1969): Behavioral and social science classrooms and offices, psychological sci-ence laboratories, Departments of History and Philosophy

Old Music Hall (1926): Mathematics Department offices, music practice rooms

Rølvaag Memorial Library (1942 and 1966, expansion 1990-92): In addition to the book and periodical collections, the library houses reference and study rooms, English classrooms and offices, college archives, office and archives of Norwegian-American Historical Association, the Office of Information and Instructional Technologies, the Kierkegaard Library, and the World Language Center.

Boe Memorial Chapel (1953): Chapel and pastors offices, classrooms, Religion Department offices

Dittmann Center (1960 and 2001): Offices of the Departments of Art and Art History and Dance, classrooms, studios, rehearsal halls, student gallery, and Flaten Art Museum

Skoglund Athletic Center (1967): Gymnasium-auditorium, fieldhouse, swimming pool, physical education classrooms, human performance lab, and offices

Science Center (1968): Science and mathematics classrooms and offices, laboratories, Glasoe Science Library, Nursing Department, media center

Christiansen Hall of Music (1976): Music classrooms, rehearsal halls, practice rooms, studios, Halvorson Music Library, Urness Recital Hall

Manitou Fieldhouse (1992): Athletic teams’ dressing rooms, weight training and athletic training facilities

Tostrud Center (2002): Fieldhouse, running track, elevated walking track, climbing wall, weight room, aerobics room

Administrative Parking Lot (Beginning in 2006, during construction of the new St. Olaf science complex): Building 1, Education Department, TRIO programs; Building 2, Center for Experiential Learning (Career Connections Office, Academic Internships Office, Finstad Program for Entrepreneurial Studies, Office for Servant Leadership); Building 3, Academic Support Center; Building 4, Classrooms; Building 5, Classrooms

Student Residence Halls and Houses

A listing of residence halls and honor houses is contained in the Residential Life section later in this catalog.

Service Facilities

Power Plant (1923 and 1967): Office of Physical Facilities offices

Skifter Radio Building (1931): Vice President for College Relations; Sing for Joy; Communications-Mar-keting; Church Relations; Center for Lifelong Learning

Administration Building (1959 and 1986): Admissions and administrative offices, Academic Advising Center

Buntrock Commons (1999): Dining, recreation, bookstore, post office, print center, student govern-ment, and media offices, Student Support Services