Study the Dutch language and culture
Dutch is a Germanic language with close ties to English, so most native speakers of English find the grammar and vocabulary very familiar. Dutch-speaking Europe is also a fascinating place—whether the Netherlands or northern Belgium. Learning Dutch makes good sense, regardless of your major, because Netherlandic culture richly touches so many areas, such as history, economics and finance, engineering and water management, art history, literature, religion, immigration and colonial studies, and much more. And of course, Dutch is the heritage language of Calvin College, since it was founded by Dutch immigrants in the late 19th century.
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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First Fulbright scholar received by Calvin College
Annefleur Muller, a recent high school graduate from the Netherlands, is studying for a year at Calvin on a Fulbright scholarship.
News & Stories, November 14, 2016
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