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Languages and Cultures Majors

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

Why Should I Study French?

Thursday April 7th at 4:30 pm, location TBD

Join the French Department for a Q&A with professors in Physics, History, Math and Peace Studies to hear houw their French skills were previously used in their careers.

December 2015   French 311 students attend workshop with actors from "All is Calm."

On the afternoon of Saturday, December 5, thirteen students of French had the opportunity to converse and discuss with four actors from Theater Latte Da, prior to their performance of "All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914", by Peter Rothstein (SJU '88) . The one-hour workshop and Q&A was organized by Deb Lehman, Interim Director of the Fine Arts Series, and Assistant Professor Ana Conboy, in the context of her Fall 2015 FREN311 class, Studies in Language and Culture. Thank you to all who came! For more information about the show, please visit

November 2015   Student Excursion to the MIA/Delacroix Exhibit

Sixteen CSB students and French faculty, Ana Conboy and Maureen McCarter, made a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Saturday, November 5, to tour the exhibition on the works of 19th century French artist, Eugène Delacroix. The trip was sponsored by the Department of Languages and Cultures and arranged by French Cultural Events Assistant, Meg Anderson '16.

Delacroix revolutionized painting by creating images that seethed with movement and eye-grabbing color. He influenced other great artists such as Monet, Renoir, Degas, and even Van Gogh whose works are also featured in the exhibit. This show is unique to the United States and travels only to London's National Gallery after it ends at the MIA on January 10.

Pictured L-R (front): Anna Nordin, My Tran, Laura Precourt, Caroline Desert, unidentified student, Shannon Elstad, Rachel Munter, Kanisha Howard; (back): Rachel Perri, unidentified student, Katelyn Nelson and Ariel Lusty.


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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.

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Check out 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 have 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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