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.
I 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.
For Professor Florence Ramond Jurney, the French Department at Gettysburg College is strong and offers a multifaceted approach to French Studies. Indeed, with six full-time faculty and a French Teaching Assistant coming from a Francophone country, the French Department offers a variety of courses covering a number of topics of interests to students: literature, cinema, women studies, postcolonial studies, and cultural studies from a social studies perspective are only a few of the options offered to students.