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

New Publication by Wendy Sterba


Congratulations to Wendy Sterba, Professor of German Studies, on the publication of her new book, Reel Photos: Balancing Art and Truth in Contemporary Film, by Rowman and Littlefield. "In her book, Sterba provides an innovative approach to cinema studies by examining the function of the photograph in movies rather than the role of film photography as art."

Her book is now available in the SJU Bookstore.

SJU alum publishes short stories influenced by his experiences at CSB/SJU

Dana R. Hicks (History '14) has recently published a collection of short stories under the pen name, D.R.L. Hicks. His eBook is titled, Lost Upon the Isle of Serenity: A Collection of Adventures. According to Dana, his stories "are the product of the wonderful undergraduate academic environment" at CSB/SJU. His collection is available for iBooks, Google Play, Nook, and Kindle. The ISBN is 9781634617321. 

Dana participated in the 2012 study abroad program in Austria and also learned German at CSB/SJU. He is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree program in history at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He hopes to continue writing fiction as well as publishing academic works in his chosen field of history. He's off to a good start, and we wish him the best of luck!

"Ted Cruz, Cicero, and the classics"

After their McCarthy Center presentation on Dec. 5, Assistant professor of Classics, Jason Schlude, and three of his students, Sarah Evans, Hunter Huntoon and Michael Macken, have had an opinion piece published in the Dec. 9 edition of the Star Tribune. The piece can be read at this link.

Ned Dubin, Professor Emeritus of French, receives literary award

The Modern Language Association of America has announced that it will award its tenth Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for an Outstanding Translation of a Literary Work to Nathaniel E. Dubin, translator of The Fabliaux, published by Liveright. Read more...


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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 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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Placement Exams

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

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Department Chair
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