Among the vast array of academic and extracurricular opportunities you'll find at Gettysburg, one particular group of programs and resources stands out.
Showcasing literature, music, performing arts, educational innovation, and our unique place in American history, these six offerings are like no others.
Civil War Programs
No American college is better or more appropriately suited to offering exemplary programs focused on the American Civil War than Gettysburg, a college that is immersed in the history of the war era.
The College's rich historical context creates the backdrop for three distinctive Civil War programs:
The Eisenhower Institute
The Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College is a distinguished center for leadership and public policy based in Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg, honoring the legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that develops and sponsors civic discourse on significant issues of domestic and international public policy.
The Institute provides both top-level dialogue among policy-makers and a premier learning experience for undergraduates. Its activities include research and scholarship, education and outreach, and recognition and celebration.
The Sunderman Conservatory
The Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College combines a superb music tradition and strengths as one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges.
The distinctive vibrancy of a Sunderman Conservatory education results from three things coming together: a diverse and vital music environment, a culturally rich and supportive atmosphere for all of the performing and visual arts, and an energetic college community full of intense involvement in a broad spectrum of pursuits.
Offering three majors, bachelor of music in performance, bachelor of arts in music, and bachelor of music education, the Conservatory's curriculum encompasses a wide variety of music genres and traditions and opportunities to perform with more than a dozen vocal and instrumental ensembles.
The Conservatory was founded by a $15.7 million gift from 1919 Gettysburg graduate Dr. F. William Sunderman.
The Garthwait Leadership Center
The Garthwait Leadership Center (GLC), through collaborative partnerships, helps students and alumni to develop leadership skills through a set of intellectual and experiential opportunities. Students and alumni use these opportunities to identify and reflect on their passions, and learn how to apply leadership skills ethically to make a positive impact.
The Garthwait Leadership Center's name recognizes the alumnus who has endowed the program, Robert Garthwait, Jr. '82, a trustee of the College and CEO of Cly-Del Manufacturing in Waterbury, Conn.
The Majestic Theater
The Majestic Theater is home to the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center, a world-class facility featuring an 850-seat theater, two cinemas, art gallery, and Mamie's Café, offering pre- and post-performance dining with a swanky, 1950s ambience.
The 83-year-old theater reopened in Nov. 2005 after a $16-million renovation, invigorating the cultural community in Gettysburg. Owned and operated by the College, the Majestic offers a diverse program of Broadway shows, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, children's theater, film classics, and other attractions.
The Gettysburg Review
The Gettysburg Review, founded in 1988 and published by Gettysburg College, is recognized as one of the nation's premier literary quarterlies. Featuring poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, and graphic art by some of the world's finest writers and artists, the Gettysburg Review has earned many awards, including a Best New Journal award and four Best Journal Design awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and a PEN/Nora Magid Award for Excellence in Editing. Contributors have included luminaries such as E. L. Doctorow, Rita Dove, Donald Hall, and Joyce Carol Oates, as well as emerging writers such as Christopher Coake, Ginger Strand, Kellie Wells, and Charles Yu. More than one hundred short stories, poems, and essays that first appeared in its pages have been reprinted in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses, and other prize anthologies. We encourage you to read, submit, and subscribe to the Gettysburg Review, which, in the words of one supporter, is “Pure delight, every time.”