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


Congratulations to German major and SJU alum, Austin Eighan '14

Austin Eighan '14 has been selected to receive a scholarship from the German Federal Parliament to participate in their five-month long International Parliament Scholarship (IPS) starting in March 2015. The participants selected from around the world gather to pursue their political, historical, economic, social and cultural research alongside practical work with members of the German government and attend lectures at Berlin universities. The IPS will give Austin an opportunity to further pursue the research he began for his Honors thesis on the success of middle-size corporations in Germany and supportive policies of the German government as well as social attitudes. Over 100 young students from around the world are chosen for this special program, founded in 1986.



Meet our Austrian Fulbright Scholar for 2014-2015, Jakob Illek

Jakob is this year's Fulbright German Language Teaching Assistant. He grew up in the southeastern part of Austria where he received his B.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University for Teacher Education Styria. He also participated in an extracurricular course on English in primary schools. During his year at CSB/SJU Jakob will be assisting in German classes, tutoring students, helping to organize events for the German club and generally passing on his native language and the Austrian culture to students at CSB/SJU.

His personal interests include sports, such as soccer, American football and volleyball, outdoor activities, international film and good food. He has also been working as a scout youth leader for several years and is still an active and proud scout.  Welcome, Jakob!




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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