In an economy that's becoming increasingly global, a foundational knowledge of Chinese language and culture connects us with over one-fifth of the world's population. In light of this, Calvin has developed the only comprehensive program in Chinese offered by a Christian college in North America.


As a Chinese major at Calvin, you will get a truly 360 degree view of Chinese culture by taking classes in Chinese philosophy, history, culture, religion and more. Many Chinese majors pair their major/minor in Chinese with majors/minors in business or international relations. Interested in studying abroad? Take advantage of Calvin's faculty-led semester in Beijing, China. Or, consider an interim studying the art or medicine of China, or spend a summer in China working at a grant-funded internship.

Careers in Chinese

  • Interpreter
  • Engineer
  • International Businessperson
  • Government Employee
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Participate in Asia Club; join the International Student Association Committee; help out with Rangeela.

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By the numbers

Students who participate in cross-cultural learning
Modern languages taught at Calvin
students who studied off-campus in 2013.


Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Alan and Jan Pauw Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; history, philosophy or a foreign language major; preference is given to those minoring in other liberal arts areas
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
View all scholarship opportunities


Qin Herzberg

Qin Herzberg
Instructor, Chinese Language
Department of Chinese
HH 402B
(616) 526-8624

Larry Herzberg

Larry Herzberg
Associate Professor of Asian Languages
Department of Chinese
HH 458
(616) 526-6363

Wayne Ten Harmsel

Wayne Ten Harmsel
Assistant Professor, Director of China Semester Program

Talk to us

Larry Herzberg Larry Herzberg
Department Chair
Department of Asian Studies
HH 458
(616) 526-6363


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Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Chinese as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

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Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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