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.
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 German Alum Receives Prestigious Teaching Award
Languages and Cultures graduate, Brooke Kreitinger '01, was recently awarded the very 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.
In a letter to Fr. Mark Thamert, Kreitinger credited him and other faculty of the CSB/SJU German Program with playing "a central part in what sent me down the path of language-learning and teaching."
We all extend our congratulations and best wishes to Brooke for continued success in her teaching career.
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 Another Award
Prof. Scott Richardson's book, Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles: The Enigma of Francis Crawford, has been nominated for another 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.
Courses in the Languages and Cultures Department:
Common Curriculum Learning Goals
Precise requirements as relates to languages differ by area. Click here for an overview.
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.
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.