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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

February 2017     Classical Studies Major Receives Research Grant

Aimee Hanson, a junior Classical Studies major, has been awarded a 2017 Summer Student-Faculty Collaborative Grant to conduct research on the ancient Near East. This will involve her continued participation in the Omrit Archeological Field School in Israel and pursuit of a new comparative study of women in ancient Roman and Jewish societies. She collaborated on the grant proposal with Jason Schlude, classics professor and co-director and educational director of the field school. Learn more here.

January 2017       CSB Alum Receives Prestigious Teaching Award

Languages and Cultures/German alum, Brooke Kreitinger '01, was recently awarded the prestigious German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award for 2017. Kreitinger was one of only three educators nationwide to receive the annual award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, creativity, dedication and enthusiasm for the German language. We all extend our congratulations and best wishes to Brooke for continued success in her teaching career. Read more here.

January 2017       What's the best way to train your brain?

Learn a second language! Read more... 

January 2017      Book by Scott Richardson Nominated for Second Award

Prof. Scott Richardson's book, Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles: The Enigma of Francis Crawford, has been nominated for a second book award: the Christian Gauss Book Award for works of literary scholarship or criticism. This is the second book award nomination since Scott's book was released last summer.

November 2016     Discover Your Future Day

Approximately 70 second-graders from Discovery Elementary School in St. Cloud, MN visited CSB campus on Friday, Nov. 4 to learn about the languages and cultures from Japan, Mexico, Germany, Canada, China and several countries in Africa. Students and faculty from the Departments of Languages & Cultures and Hispanic Studies taught the children origami, folk dance, song, calligraphy, weaving and colors as they also learned new foreign words and phrases.


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

Common Curriculum Learning Goals

Precise requirements as relates to languages differ by area. Click here for an overview.

Meet an alum

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 a past issue of the College of Saint Benedict Magazine. Check it out here.

More alum profiles


2017 Oscar nominations for French films!

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.

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