Languages and Cultures

Department News & Events

November 2018     German and French students attend "Silent Night" at the Ordway

Almost 50 CSB/SJU students from the French Studies and German Studies programs attended the MN Opera production of “Silent Night” on November 18.


November 2018     Classics attends McCarthy Center lunch and discussion on foreign policy through the lens of Ancient Greece 

Have you ever wondered why people choose to study Classics? Why should we study documents and events that occurred thousands of years ago? What can we learn from these ancient sources, and how can we apply lessons from antiquity to today’s modern world?

To answer these questions, The McCarthy Center hosted a free lunch and open discussion on Thursday, November 15th that was facilitated by Classics Professors Jason Schlude and Scott Richardson. 

Sparta, Athens, and America: U.S. Foreign Policy through the Lens of Thucydides 

The recent opening of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly should give us pause. Speeches by Secretary-General Guterres and President Trump offered very different visions and strategies for the role of the U.S. in global engagement. Ancient Greece offers us a key for understanding both—and suggests possible consequences. Thucydides, perhaps the greatest ancient Greek historian, can help us to understand modern America at a pivotal moment.


November 2018     German Studies Joins National Honor Society 

The German Studies Program at CSB/SJU has been accepted as a new chapter in Delta Phi Alpha National German Honorary Society.

DPA’s goal is to seek “to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and which contribute to humanity's eternal search for peace and truth.” It began with the founding of the Alpha chapter at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC in 1929 and has constituent chapters at 273 colleges and universities throughout the United States including Georgetown, Columbia, Middlebury, Stanford, Brigham Young, Purdue, Notre Dame, George Washington, Cornell and Rutgers.


November 2018     Jason Schlude Publishes on U.S. Foreign Policy in The Activist History Review

Classics Professor Jason Schlude published an article on "Global Engagement at the United Nations: Lessons from Ancient Greece for Our Modern Times" in The Activist History Review. The article discusses speeches recently delivered by U.N. Secretary-General Guterres and U.S. President Trump at the opening of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.


August 2018     German Studies and Languages & Cultures Welcomes New Austrian Fulbright 

We welcome Katharina Huetthaler, the 2018-2019 Austrian Fulbright Teaching Assistant. Katharina is a native of Austria where she earned her BA in German Studies at University of Graz in 2012. She will be finishing her Master's in German Studies back in Austria. Learn more about Katharina here.

Fulbright Teaching Assistants often bring a younger, more European perspective to our program. The position is multi-faceted and includes tutoring German students and helping in the classroom. Fulbrights take classes on campus and can also teach their own classes. They organize on-campus activities in conjunction with German Club, such as Stammtisch (German Table) and film night, as well as planning off-campus activities: Minnesota Opera, concerts, museums and other cultural outings. 


August 2018     New Blog from Cannes Study Abroad Program

You can now learn what it's like to study in Cannes, France by following a new blog by CSB junior, Maggie Pomerenke. Maggie is the student assistant to director, Prof. Ana Conboy, and is documenting the experiences of the thirteen Bennies and Johnnies participating in the program this fall. We invite you to keep up with their studies in Cannes and their explorations of Provence, Côte d’Azur and surrounding regions!


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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.