Languages and Cultures
(Formerly Modern and Classical Languages/MCL)
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
Two new faculty members will join the Department of Languages & Cultures in Fall 2014!
Languages and Cultures is also pleased to announce that Melanie Bowman will continue to teach French at CSB/SJU in 2014-2015!
Fulbright TA teaches local elementary school students about Austria
Martin Spendlhofer, Fulbright TA for German Studies at CSB/SJU, paid a visit to the Albany Elementary School on February 6th of this year. Dressed in authentic Lederhosen, Martin introduced students to his home country of Austria, taught them some of the German language, and had them participate in an Austrian dance.
To learn more about Martin's experiences at CSB/SJU and his travels around the U.S., read his post at the German Studies News blog.
Thursday Forum Presentation by Anna Lisa Ohm and Austin Eighan
Professor Anna Lisa Ohm and German major, Austin Eighan, '15, delivered a presentation on current issues in Germany on January 30 in the upper level of Gorecki at CSB. The title of the talk was "Update on Germany: Shifting Priorities and Overcoming Crises" and was presented as part of the Spring Thursday Forum 2014 series. The abstract of their presentation follows:
With globalization, the traditional postwar Atlantic Alliance between the U.S. and Germany is crumbling, the Holocaust narrative, which dominated the public discourse in the postwar period, is being disrupted by a greater willingness on the part of Germans to speak openly about their own victimization in the Third Reich, and, although the West made huge investments in the former East Germany since unification in 1989, Germany remains Europe's most economically powerful and relatively most politically stable nation. Germany's place is demonstrated in part by the re-election of Angela Merkel's party in September 2013 and her third term as chancellor. Despite the somewhat shaken Euro, the European Union continues to expand, fueled in part by Germany's strong leadership role.
Ohm was one of a group of fourteen U.S. university German professors who were guests in July of the education and culture section of the German Foreign Office. Senior Austin Eighan, German and Political Science major, spent last year at the University of Munich and is writing his thesis on the cultural-historical context of Germany's social economy and its ability to overcome crises.
Stage Fright - Multi-lingual Halloween Open Mic Event, Oct. 31, 2013
About 50 CSB/SJU students attended or participated in a fun, multi-lingual open-mic event at CSB on the night of Halloween. Any piece (song, reading or poem) performed in any language was welcomed. Refreshments and costume judging topped off the evening.
To see more photos, click on this link.
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
"By majoring in German, I have developed a set of critical thinking skills that have enabled me to achieve major successes in my profesional life." Hear more from Brian Schnese.
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Instructions for our foreign language placement exams:
For information on placement exams for Latin, Greek, Japanese and Chinese, contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on the placement exam for Spanish, see the Hispanic Studies website.