Please update your web browser or disable Compatibility View.

Languages and Cultures

Department News & Events

November 2017     German students go to the opera!

Thirty-five beginning and intermediate CSB/SJU German students attended the Minnesota Opera's "The Marriage of Figaro" at the Ordway Theater on Sunday, Nov. 19th. This was the first opera for most of the students. The trip was organized and supervised by our Austrian Fulbright TA, Sebastian Braunsberger, who said, "Who would have guessed that in taking German classes at CSB/SJU, one ends up at the Minnesota Opera to see an Austrian opera? Now all the students can proudly claim that they saw one of the most famous operas worldwide."

October 2017     Faculty attend Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures

CSB/SJU faculty members from the departments of Hispanic Studies, Languages and Cultures and Education attended the MCTLC Fall Conference on Friday, October 27 in Brooklyn Park, MN. Pictured left to right are Christina Hennessy and Tania Gómez (HS), Alison Spenader (Education) and Ana Conboy (French/L&C). The four presented a panel titled "Bilingualism and the Brain: The Benefits of Learning Another Language.”

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)

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

More alum profiles


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.


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.

Related Links

Find Out More

Contact Us

Sarah Pruett
Department Chair
SJU Quad 471
[email protected]

Mary Niedenfuer
Department Coordinator
CSB Richarda P15
SJU Quad 253A
[email protected]