Dutch Studies has been an integral part of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures since the early 1970s. The program offers both language and literature courses. The first- and second-year courses satisfy the language requirement. Upper-level courses have ranged from the most modern literature to medieval genres, the literature of Rembrandt’s time, and Vincent van Gogh’s letters or Dutch colonial literature from The East Indies. Independent studies in combination with for instance European or World History, Anthropology, South African, or Indonesian Studies are encouraged. Hovering between English and German, Dutch is easy to learn for English speakers. Tutorials in the closely-related South African language Afrikaans are available on request.
A special course is offered: “Anne Frank in Past and Present” (DUTCH 492), in which the famous diary and its impact are studied and compared to other Holocaust writings. The first-year seminar entitled “Colonialism and its Aftermath” (DUTCH 160) enhances and emphasizes the wide scope of Dutch and Flemish Studies, as the history of the low countries is examined in contacts with new worlds in East and West.
Each year in May, students of Dutch have the opportunity to acquire the internationally recognized certificate of proficiency in Dutch, on three levels.
The Martin Zwart Scholarship for Study in the Netherlands and Belgium is awarded each year. Grants are also available from the Dutch and Belgian Government for summer courses in Zeist (The Netherlands) and Hasselt (Belgium).
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures Waitlist Policy
From the first day of registration until the last business day before the first day of classes, a member of the GLL staff will monitor enrollments and note any waitlisted courses that have spaces available. When available, a member of the GLL staff will issue an override for each open space in a waitlisted course in the order of the waitlist. The overrides issued will have an expiration date of 48 hours (including weekends). If the student does not accept the override within that time frame, it will expire. This will allow the staff member to offer the space to the next eligible student on the waitlist, who will then have 48 hours to enroll. If all students on a given waitlist have been given an opportunity to enroll, but do not do so, a member of the GLL staff will ask the Registrar's Office to drop them from said waitlist. This will allow the class to reopen for registration. Once classes begin, no overrides will be issued for closed courses without the consent of the instructor for the course. S/he has final authority on whether or not to issue overrides.