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.
Caroline Ferraris-Besso joined the Department of French at Gettysburg College in fall 2015. She will be working with colleagues in the Department to expand course offerings in 19thand 20th century literature and culture.
Caroline received her licence, maîtrise and master’s degrees in French literature from the Université de Savoie. She complemented her studies with coursework in contemporary European culture in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter (UK). She then came to the United States to pursue doctoral work in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University, where she completed her Ph.D. in 2012.