The MA program in Dutch Language and Culture Studies is designed to cultivate professionals with advanced proficiency in the Dutch language, encompassing both written and spoken communication at a C2 level. Additionally, students gain comprehensive theoretical and practical expertise in Dutch literature, culture, and history. The Department of Dutch Studies is dedicated to the intricate study of Dutch language, literature, and culture within the context of both the Netherlands and Flemish Belgium. Please note that this MA program does not confer teaching qualifications.
Students pursuing the Dutch Language and Culture Studies MA will undergo a diverse educational experience, acquiring a spectrum of skills and knowledge. The program offers specialized Dutch language studies, philological and linguistic studies, advanced language proficiency, extensive knowledge of Dutch literature and culture, and insight into literary translation. The program primes students for embarking on a PhD program.
This program is recommended for individuals interested in languages, literature, translation, cultural studies, media, intercultural communication, and cultural diplomacy. It is especially suited for those keen on undertaking advanced academic studies of the Dutch language, cultures, and literatures.
Through this program, students will attain professional-level proficiency in the Dutch language, employing it adeptly in academic writing and oral discourse within scholarly and professional settings. This encompasses gaining profound expertise in academic research, critical evaluation, and literary analysis within Dutch and Flemish socio-political history. Students will also develop a comprehensive understanding of linguistic levels, encompassing phonology, morphology, and syntax analysis of Dutch.
The curriculum of the Dutch Language and Culture Program encompasses a range of subjects including linguistics, the history of Dutch literature, literary and cultural theory, translation practice, interpretation, and the study of art and history in the Low Countries. Practical language courses focusing on speaking, writing, correspondence, and translation are also integral components.
The strength of this program lies in its comprehensive approach, equipping graduates with the linguistic, literary, and cultural expertise required for in-depth philological studies of the Netherlands and the Flemish region of Belgium. Graduates emerge not only with advanced proficiency in the Dutch language, but also with a deep familiarity with the societies and cultures where Dutch is the primary language. They are well-versed in the fields and methodologies of academic research and are prepared to meet the demands of a PhD program.
Furthermore, graduates acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills applicable in various private and public-sector roles. Language proficiency reaches the C2 level, denoting proficiency, as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The language of instruction in the courses is Dutch, with the exception of translation and interpretation courses where Hungarian is also utilized. Graduates are eligible for admission to PhD programs.