More than anything else, language is the gateway to another culture. From the settlement of New Amsterdam (more commonly known as New York) to the founding of Calvin itself, the language and culture of the Netherlands have shaped our societal identity.

Overview

Calvin is one of only a handful of colleges and universities nationwide that offers a Dutch major and minor program. Our location in Grand Rapids provides the unique advantage of a thriving Dutch community to support your language studies. By combining a strong classroom foundation with rich cultural engagement, Calvin is able to offer a quality education to any student interested in germanic languages.

Careers in Dutch

  • Professor
  • Translator
  • Historian
  • Linguist

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Student involvement

Study abroad in the Netherlands over interim or for a semester; join the Dutch department for Sinterklaas and Koninginnedag parties; ride in Calvin's annual "Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike!" event; attend Dutch chapel.

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By the numbers

13
Off-campus semester programs in places like Ghana, England, China and Hungary.
30
Off-campus interim courses offered each January
807
Students who studied off-campus last year

Course Requirements 2013-14

Dutch major

(34 semester hours)

  • DUTC-101 Elementary Dutch I
  • DUTC-102 Elementary Dutch II
  • DUTC-201 Intermediate Dutch I
  • DUTC-202 Intermediate Dutch II
  • Six 300-level electives, one of which maybe an approved Dutch-language interim in the Netherlands.
  • Courses taken on semester programs in the Netherlands may apply, provided that students meet with department chair and gain approval for specific courses in advance.

Dutch minor

(25 semester hours)

  • DUTC-101 Elementary Dutch I
  • DUTC-102 Elementary Dutch II
  • DUTC-201 Intermediate Dutch I
  • DUTC-202 Intermediate Dutch II
  • Two 300-level electives
  • An independent study or an approved interim in the Netherlands.
  • Courses taken on semester programs in the Netherlands may apply, provided that students meet with department chair and gain approval for specific courses in advance.

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Scholarships

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

Dutch International Society Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500; $2,500
  • any class level
  • GPA of 2.7+
  • financial need required; taking classes in the Dutch language program
  • apply through the Dutch department
Alan and Jan Pauw Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; majoring in history, philosophy, or a foreign language
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Herman De Vries

Herman De Vries
Professor
Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture
Department of German
HH 423
hermdevr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6804

Talk to us

F. Corey Roberts F. Corey Roberts
Department Chair
Department of German
HH 426
fcr3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7583

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