Languages and Cultures

The study of another language is an adventure, an exploration into the workings of minds both like and unlike our own. When we learn a new language, we learn to see differently -- we acquire a new perspective from which to view both ourselves and the world.

Department News & Events

Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Cook, Professor Emerita of Classics

After 25 years of teaching Latin, Greek and history at CSB/SJU, Dr. Margaret Cook retired at the end of the 2014 spring semester. Margaret was honored at a party in the Founder's Room at SJU on May 8.

Congratulations and happy gardening to Margaret!





Margaret's Greek and Latin Students


 Margaret gives her speech

Photos by Julia Eckhart '17

Japanese National Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to Alexander Baxa '14 and Samantha Muldoon '14, who were recently inducted into the Japanese National Honor Society, College Chapter. The JNHS-CC) recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence in the study of the Japanese language. Alex and Sam are students of Ms. Masami Limpert's JAPN 312 class.

Samantha Muldoon '14

Alexander Baxa '14

Photos by Julia Eckhart '17

Congratulations to the following language scholarship recipients for 2014-2015:


Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Gaida
Scholarship for French
for CSB French majors

S. Margretta Nathe
Scholarship for German
for CSB German majors

Samantha Cox '15

Karen Mize '16

Photo by Julia Eckhart '17


Otmar Drekonja Scholarship for German Studies
for CSB/SJU German majors

Grant Christian '15 

Melania Meyer '15

Photos by Julia Eckhart '17

Steve Pignato '15

Scholarship opportunities are available for CSB/SJU students in Chinese, French, and German. Read more... 


Two new faculty members will join the Department of Languages & Cultures in Fall 2014!


Jeffrey DuBois
Assistant Professor of Japanese

B.A. Comparative Literature and Japanese Studies, University of Rochester
M.A. East Asian Literature, Cornell University
Ph.D. Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture, Cornell University

Academic and Research Interests: Japanese Literature (modern), Japanese Intellectual History, Theories of Nationality, Japan's Constitution and Emperor, Comparative Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Visual Studies and Japanese Film, Nuclear issues in Japan

Jason Schlude
Assistant Professor of Classics

B.A. in Classics and Religious Studies, Macalester College
M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley

Academic and Research Interests: Greek, Latin, and the history and archaeology of the Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern worlds, connections between the ancient West and Middle East, the relationship between ancient Rome and Iran; he also is Associate Director of the Omrit Archaeological Excavations in northern Israel.  

Languages and Cultures is also pleased to announce that Melanie Bowman will continue teaching French at CSB/SJU in 2014-2015!

Melanie Bowman
Instructor of French

B.A. French Language and Literature, Miami University
M.A. French Literature, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., French Literature, University of Minnesota

Academic and Research Interests: Late Sixteenth/early Seventeenth-century French theater, and bio-politics of early modern gender and radical theater of the French Wars of Religion.




 Archived News and Events

Overview of Program

Courses in the Languages and Cultures Department:

  • Include instruction in French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, Japanese, and English as a Second Language.
  • Fulfill one of the requirements for a liberal arts degree
  • Are easily combined with other majors and minors
Meet one of our alumni

Lizzy Baden '12, French and Peace Studies major, will be in Indonesia for the academic year 2014-2015 for the Fulbright!

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Visit our blog!

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Placement Exams

Instructions for our foreign language placement exams:

For information on placement exams for Latin, Greek, Japanese and Chinese, contact Mary at

Contact Us

Dr. Karen Erickson
Department Chair
Quad 255B, SJU
(320) 363-3074

Mary Niedenfuer
Department Coordinator

  • CSB Richarda P15
    (320) 363-5067
  • SJU Quad 253A
    (320) 363-3093