The undergraduate Dutch studies minor is one of the few programs of its kind in the United States. Courses include beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of language and lectures and seminars on Dutch literature and culture taught in Dutch or English.
The Dutch-speaking Low Countries constitute a unique cultural community of about 20 million speakers in the northwestern corner of Europe. A world power and cultural leader in the 15th-17th centuries, in modern times the area has developed a democratic society parallel to that of the United States, though quite different in character. The interaction of these two societies, Dutch and American, has been continuous and constructive since 1782, a record of friendly diplomatic relations unmatched elsewhere in western society.