French Programs

The department offers a French Major and Minor.

All majors spend at least one semester studying abroad; other students are also encouraged to take advantage of Gettysburg College's Study Abroad opportunity.

Find out more about our programs, explore the courses offered, and meet our faculty.

Study Abroad Experience
Maura Magistrali '14

Maura MagistraliI had a wonderful experience in Paris with the IES French Studies program. During my time studying abroad, I made some long-lasting relationships, vastly improved my French language skills, and gained confidence. The best part of my experience was living with a host family. My host parents were gracious, generous, and helped me adjust to the French language and culture. They even invited me to spend a weekend at their beautiful house on the Brittany coast! Through the IES educational program, I took a service learning seminar, through which I volunteered at a local café, as well as a women’s studies course at a French university with other French students. These opportunities, in addition to taking classes all in French, contributed to the huge improvement in my language skills. Finally, navigating a foreign city on my own made me feel empowered and independent. The benefits of studying abroad are limitless, and long-lasting.

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Meet Prof. Jack Murphy

Jack MurphyIn fall 2011, Jack Murphy joined the Department of French at Gettysburg College. Bringing with him a background in sociocultural anthropology and a research agenda focused on urban youth in contemporary France, he has been working with colleagues in the Department to help expand offerings in contemporary French culture and society.

Holding a joint degree in French Studies and Anthropology, Jack completed his doctoral work at New York University in 2009.

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