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Languages and Cultures

Department News & Events

October 2017    Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

About 100 students, faculty and staff attended the annual Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival on Wednesday, October 4 in the Gorecki Center at CSB. Festivities included live music, games, and delicacies such as mooncakes.

Pictured L-R are: Chinese professors, Limei Danzeisen and Sophia Geng, with Professor Emerita, Telan Hu, OSB.


The audience enjoys a guitar performance by Zhiyuan (Peter) Gao.

August 2017     German Studies welcomes new instructor

The department of Languages & Cultures and the German Studies Program welcomes Dr. Kurt Hollender. Kurt graduated from New York University’s Department of German with a PhD. in 2017. His academic interests include language pedagogy, German literature around 1800, literary theory, and drama. His dissertation, “Literary Potions and Poisons: Schiller, Goethe, Kleist,” focused on magic potions in German literature. Arriving at Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict after a semester in Berlin, Germany, the graduate of Kenyon College and Ohioan is excited to return to the Midwest and to his liberal arts roots. Dr. Hollender previously taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, New York University, and the Universität Zürich.

Welcome to CSB|SJU, Kurt!

April 2017       Festival Lyrique

About 30 students, faculty and community members attended Festival Lyrique on April 27, 2017, and performed pieces in French to a "sold out" Alumnae Hall. It was also an opportunity for old friends to get together and papoter un peu. (Left to right: Emma Bonglack, Ruth Becker, Prof Chuck Villette, Kaitlin Heidelberger, Peter Dudziak)

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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

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

Noteworthy

We are excited about our new World Languages Center in the lower level of Alcuin!

Japanese Language Lab in the WLC

German Deutschabend in the WLC.


Deutschabend

Language Learning by the Numbers

These three French Program graduates are in France!

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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Sarah Pruett
Department Chair
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Mary Niedenfuer
Department Coordinator
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