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
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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:
- 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.
Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 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