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Languages and Cultures

When asked his advice on preparing young people for international careers, the Honorable Samuel L. Kaplan, former Ambassador to Morocco, responded: "That's easy! Study foreign languages. The more, the better."

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

June 2016     German Alum Named Teacher of the Year

Saint John's University graduate Matt Beck has been named Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German.

Beck teaches German at Saint John's Preparatory School (Prep) in Collegeville, MN, and leads Prep's German camp, summer program and German Club. He teaches German 1 through 4, German for international baccalaureate students, and sixth-grade exploratory German. Read more here...

June 2016     Scott Richardson Releases Book

Classics professor, Scott Richardson, has released a new book on one of his favorite subjects. Entitled "Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles: The Enigma of Francis Crawford," the book explores the psychology behind Crawford's character. Kudos, Scott!

 

 

June 2016     Omrit Archeological Study Abroad Group on the CSB/SJU Carousel

Jason Schlude, Asst. Prof. of Classics, and his students who participated in the 2015 Omrit archeological dig in Israel were featured on the CSB/SJU website. Prof. Schlude was recently in Israel for the 2016 program with a new group of students. Learn more here.

May 2016     Chuck Villette Retires

The Department of Languages and Cultures and the French Studies Program bid a fond adieu to Chuck Villette, Assc. Prof. of French, who has retired after teaching since the late 1970s and serving as academic dean and vice president at CSB/SJU. During the May 2016 Faculty Awards Ceremony at CSB, he was honored as professor alumna, with special commendation for his many contributions in academic leadership. Felicitations, Chuck!

May 2016      Robert L. Spaeth Teacher of Distinction Award

Congratulations to Scott Richardson, Ph.D., Professor of Classics, for receiving the Robert L. Spaeth Teacher of Distinction Award, presented on May 2. This award is named in honor of Spaeth, who served as dean at SJU for nine years in addition to service as a professor of liberal studies from 1979 until his death in 1994. Each year, Spaeth's commitment to excellent teaching is remembered by honoring an SJU faculty member who brings a special passion and mastery to the classroom and the learning community.

April 2016      Student Recognition

Kaitlin Heidelberger, '17, French, was named top recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Gaida Scholarship for French. Recipients are chosen on the basis of scholarship, strength of academic purpose, and financial need
Mary C. Steenberge, '17, French, was recently named recipient of the John E. Robson Scholarship for Students of Public Policy. Eligible applicants must be current CSB sophomores or juniors who have a strong and demonstrated interest in public policy and academic excellence.

Margaret Anderson, '17, French, and Grant Christian, '16, German, were recently inducted into the Theta of Minnesota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at CSB and SJU. Congratulations, Meg and Grant!

Meg was also a recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Gaida Scholarship for CSB French majors.

Photos by Lucy Dornbach '19

News and Events Archive

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 alums

Elizabeth Baden '12 (French and Peace Studies) was in Indonesia during the 2014-2015 academic year for the Fulbright. Lizzy's experience was featured in the latest issue of the College of Saint Benedict Magazine. Check it out here.

More alum profiles

Noteworthy

Check out Jeff DuBois' Japan blog!

Omrit Archeological Field School in Israel -- Follow our students' blog.

Who is the "Man of Many Languages"?

Brain research shows the benefits of being multilingual.

Which language is most in demand by global development recruiters? Hint: It's not Spanish.

The following CSB students received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Fall 2015, the purpose of which is to assist with the cost of study abroad: Kablia Lee '17 (Japanese minor) will be traveling to Japan; Myder Yang '17 (Chinese minor) will be traveling to China.

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