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


Calvin is proud to be one of only a handful of colleges and universities nationwide that offer a Dutch major and minor program. Our location in Grand Rapids provides the unique advantage of a thriving Dutch community to support our 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 Netherlandic Studies

  • 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 Sinterklaus and Konninginedag parties; ride in Calvin's annual "Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike!" event; attend Dutch chapel.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Netherlandic Studies major

(33 semester hours)

  • DUTC-101 Elementary Dutch I
  • DUTC-102 Elementary Dutch II
  • DUTC-201 Intermediate Dutch I
  • DUTC-202 Intermediate Dutch II
  • Three 300-level Dutch courses, one of which may be an approved Dutch-language interim in the Netherlands.
  • Two courses from:
    • ARTH-234 Northern Renaissance Art, and then (optionally) ARTH-237 Baroque and Rococo Art
    • an approved European History Course
    • an approved Religion course
    • Geography/Engineering and Dutch Landscapes interim
  • 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.

Prerequisite to a concentration in Dutch is a minimum average of C (2.0) in DUTC-101, DUTC-102, DUTC-201, and DUTC-202. Completion of DUTC-202 meets the foreign language requirement.

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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
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Bruce Berglund

Bruce Berglund
Associate Professor of History
Department of History
HH 484
(616) 526-6194

Herman De Vries

Herman De Vries
Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture
Department of Dutch
HH 423
(616) 526-6804

Craig Hanson

Craig Hanson
Associate Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 209
(616) 526-7544

Henry Luttikhuizen

Henry Luttikhuizen
Professor of Art History
Department of Art and Art History
SC 105B
(616) 526-6327

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


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