Study the Dutch language and culture
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, Michigan—historically a Dutch settlement—also provides the unique advantage of a rich history and thriving community that supports our studies. By combining a strong classroom foundation with deep cultural engagement, Calvin is able to offer a quality education to any student interested in Netherlandic studies.
Explore Dutch at Calvin
Majors, Minors and Courses
Take Dutch to fulfill your core requirement, or study the language and culture through a major or minor.
Study for a semester in the Netherlands or a Dutch interim abroad.
Frederik Meijer Chair
Engage in scholarship and teaching about Dutch culture.
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Department writing prizes announced for 2016
Calvin congratulates the winners of departmental writing prizes.
News & Stories, May 23, 2016
Student-faculty project maps history of Dutch immigration
Junior Matt Raybaud spent the summer creating maps that will be used in an atlas.
News & Stories, October 29, 2015
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
Holland Michigan: From Dutch Colony to Dynamic City
by Robert P. Swierenga ’57
Spark, Summer 2014
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VERGE, Spring 2014
Wadlopen: students take up the Dutch national pastime.
A geography professor writes about walking the mudflats of the Wadden Sea during last spring's Semester in the Netherlands.
News & Stories, September 19, 2012
In praise of Dutch women
The Dutch women who emigrated to the U.S. built strong families and communities.
News & Stories, February 27, 2012
Reclaiming Dutch films
Calvin GEO professor Henk Aay spent his sabbatical studying and restoring promotional films about the Netherlands.
News & Stories, October 27, 2011
Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike
Henk Aay plans to see the moving elephants and the birds' nests while pedaling.
News & Stories, September 21, 2010