The French language is spoken in nearly 30 countries worldwide. Take the opportunity to discover the language of an international community within the context of a Christ centered education.


Calvin's French program will help you develop both language and cultural proficiency through courses and numerous cultural engagement opportunities. Calvin's semester program in Grenoble, France is designed to take you to the next level in your acquisition of the French language. Use this major to prepare for further study in graduate school, as a subject matter concentration for the teacher education program or as a complement to other majors and minors at Calvin, such as business, history and philosophy.

Careers in French

  • Professor
  • Missionary
  • Businessperson
  • International Aid Worker
  • Peace Corps. Volunteer
  • Doctor
  • Attorney
  • Financial Services Administrator
  • Librarian
  • Minister
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Study abroad in a French-speaking country; become a French tutor and conversation group leader; participate in department-wide events like the annual French film festival, Pause café, Christmas party and French chapel.

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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.

Daren and Renee D'Ippolito Scholarship
  • award amount: $500
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • financial need is considered; be planning on participating in a semester-long study abroad program or an interim abroad program supported by the French Department; demonstrate a strong interest in the French language and culture
  • search and apply here
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
Arvin and Corrie Vos Interim Scholarship
  • award amount: $500; $1,000
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; accepted into the 2016 Haiti Interim program (French W80); completed French 202 or equivalent
  • search and apply here
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Alison Haveman

Alison Haveman
Teaching Staff
Department of French
HH 427A
(616) 526-7725

Otto Selles

Otto Selles
Department of French
HH 427C
(616) 526-6805

Jolene Vos-Camy

Jolene Vos-Camy
Department of French
HH 424
(616) 526-6324

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Jolene Vos-Camy Jolene Vos-Camy
Department Chair
Department of French
HH 424
(616) 526-6324


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Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in French as a:

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Contact Jolene Vos-Camy for more information about teacher certification in French

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.