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: $2,600
  • 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
  • search and apply here
View all scholarship opportunities


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

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


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