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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

September 2016      Japanese Students attend the JP Network Event at SCSU

Jeff Dubois, assistant professor of Japanese, and some of his students recently attended an event at St. Cloud State sponsored by the JP Network, a social networking group that teaches its members about Japanese and American culture. (Click on photos to see larger versions.)


September 2016      French Studies Announces Tournées Film Festival

The French Studies Program has received a grant from The Franco-American Cultural Fund which will allow public viewings of several French films as part of the Tournées Film Festival on the CSB/SJU campuses. The films will be shown with English subtitles throughout the semester and are open to everyone. The festival is sponsored by Languages & Cultures  in collaboration with Film Studies, the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, Peace Studies, Gender Studies and the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civil Engagement. For the full schedule of films, see the French Studies webpage here.

August 2016      SJU Convocation Speech Given by Scott Richardson

Languages and Cultures' own, Scott Richardson, delivered the convocation speech to the student body, faculty and staff at this year's ceremony on August 29 in Saint John's Abbey Church. You can listen to Scott's speech here.

August 2016      Book by Scott Richardson Nominated for Award

Prof. Scott Richardson's new book, Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles: The Enigma of Francis Crawford, has been nominated for the Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism. The Warren-Brooks Award was established to honor the innovative, critical interpretation of literature offered by Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks and to celebrate the continuation of such achievement. Read more here...

August 2016      SJU Student Receives Mondale Scholarship to Japan

Christian Grande

SJU junior, Christian Grande, has been chosen by The Japan America Society of Minnesota as one of the recipients of the Mondale Scholarship. The award is to be used specifically for travel to or within Japan during the student's college term as a way to broaden knowledge of Japan through a combination of study and travel. In a letter to Prof. Jeff Dubois who encouraged him to apply, Christian wrote, "When I get to Japan, I hope to honor your support by working hard and by learning as much as I can about Japan so that I can bring it back to the US!" Christian is a psychology major and Japanese minor. Congratulations, Christian and Jeff!

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

More alum profiles


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