Explore the richness of God’s kingdom
The German language and culture are yours to explore through Calvin’s German program.
Studying German at Calvin will build your knowledge of the language and offer you opportunities to be immersed in German culture. You will grow in your ability to speak and understand German while also learning to listen to and better understand our German neighbors. Through your studies you will get a glimpse of the richness of God’s kingdom, seeing His truth as displayed in Germanic contributions to areas like philosophy, music, linguistics, literature, psychology and theology.
Explore German at Calvin
Majors and Minors
Choose from four academic options offered by the German Department at Calvin.
Engineering and German
Learn how to combine majors in German and engineering to increase career options in global engineering.
Spend a semester in Vienna, Austria, a January interim traveling Germany or a summer overseas through a work program or engineering internship.
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U.S. News recognizes Calvin's global focus
Calvin again ranks among the top colleges and universities in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guidebook.
News & Stories, September 16, 2015
Walking boldly: James Lamine
James Lamine '15 is a software engineer in Austin, Texas.
News & Stories, August 13, 2015
German prof lands Fulbright in Berlin
In spring 2016, Corey Roberts will use his Fulbright Award to study 18th and 19th century German cultural history in Berlin.
News & Stories, February 24, 2015
Calvin College is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars
Calvin College is one of just six bachelor's institutions in the nation to have at least two faculty members awarded prestigious Fulbright grants in 2014-15.
News & Stories, February 12, 2015
Calvin Remembers Jim Lamse
Calvin German professor emeritus Jim Lamse is remembered for his selflessness, his wit and his impeccable German.
News & Stories, November 7, 2014
German prof receives national award for excellence in cultural teaching
Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim recently received the prestigious Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture.
News & Stories, December 17, 2013
Q&A: A Christian approach to teaching languages
Calvin professors of German, French and Chinese discuss how foreign language pedagogy has changed and how to teach a language Christian-ly.
News & Stories, June 14, 2012
Home, sweet college
Katherin "Kat" Stahl ’09
Spark, Winter 2015
German travelers unite
40 years of interim abroad travel celebrated
Spark, Winter 2013
Say what? ¿Qué?: foreign languages at Calvin
Explore Calvin's extensive foreign language offerings
VERGE, Spring 2014
of 2013 German graduates that were employed or in graduate school within one year of completing a degree
German majors who study abroad (2011-14).
Number of millions of people worldwide speak who German
Graduation Year: 2016
Janaya is a German major and departmental scholarship recipient who spent time studying German in Vienna, Austria. Here's why she chose Calvin: "Calvin’s strong German department with its excellent study abroad offerings is the primary reason I chose to study here, and I have not been disappointed in the least."
Graduation Year: 2009
My wife Rachel and I graduated with German majors about five years ago. Studying German at Calvin had a significant impact on our lives, allowing us to have incredibly valuable experiences that have helped us develop personally and professionally.