University of Melbourne cancels Viking Studies program

The Medievalist.net blog reports that after more than 60 years, the University of Melbourne has cancelled its Viking Studies program. The program included instruction in Viking history and the Old Norse language.

Dr Katrina Burge, who has taught in the program for the past five years, doesn't know why the Viking Studies program has been cancelled. It was not losing money and had an enrollment of between twenty and thirty students per semester, one of the highest concentrations of university students in the world for the subject.