St. Olaf CollegeAcademic CatalogSt. Olaf College

Table of Contents

Academic Life
» A St. Olaf Education
» The 4-1-4 Calendar
» Academic Resources
» Majors and More
» Grad. Requirements
» Academic Advising
» Successful Study
» Campus Facilities

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

Changes that have occurred in St. Olaf academic policy and curriculum since the publication in 2002 of the St. Olaf Catalog for 2002–04 are indicated in red and red strikethrough type.

Registrar's Office
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1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057



Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.

Campus Facilities

Located in Northfield, Minnesota, 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.

Academic Buildings

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

Steensland Museum (1902): Classrooms

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 science laboratories, Departments of History and Philosophy.

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

Flaten Hall (1932 and 1956): Education Department classrooms and offices; TRIO programs (Student Support Services/Professional Exploration Program, Educational Talent Serach, Upward Bound).

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 and the Kierkegaard Library.

Old Main Annex (1947): Center for Experiential Learning (Career Connections Office, Academic Internships Office, Finstad Office for Entrepreneurial Studies, Office for Servant Leadership); Academic Support Center; Counseling Center; language laboratory; Oslo Summer School; foreign languages faculty offices.

Boe Memorial Chapel (1953): Chapel and pastor's office, 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.

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

Manitou Cottage: International and Off-Campus Studies Office; Lifelong Learning Center.

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

Skifter Radio Building (1931): WCAL FM radio facilities, Tormodsgaard-Bakken Recital Hall.

Administration Building (1959 and 1986): Admissions and administrative offices, administrative computer center; Academic Advising Center.

Buntrock Commons (1999): Dining, recreation, bookstore, post office, print center, student government and media offices.