Student Opportunities

Extracurricular Activities

  • Tavola italiana (Italian language table): Twice a month, the faculty from the Italian Studies program meet with students in a relaxed and informal setting over lunch to chat in Italian. This is an excellent way to get to know your professors!
  • Cineteca (Film Forum): Once a month, the Italian Studies program offers a film screening to students enrolled in Italian language and topics courses to enrich their knowledge of Italian films – ranging from the classics to more contemporary productions – and the cultural norms that are represented within.
  • Italian Club: When possible students interested in Italian language and culture are part of the Italian club; activities include bocce tournaments, an evening of tombola, they offer lessons in how to make gnocchi and fresh spaghetti, and organize field trips to attend lectures or view opera performances, amongst others.

Italian Honor Society

Founded in 1950, the Gamma Kappa Alpha (GKA), National Italian Honor Society, acknowledges outstanding scholastic performance in the study of Italian at Gettysburg College. The Society encourages college students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of, Italian culture, literature, history, art and cinema. To be eligible, students at Gettysburg College must attain at 3.0 average or better in one 300-level course, a 3.0 average college wide and be in the top 35% of class, and a 3.0 average for all Italian courses taken.

Student Enrichment Fund

The Italian program at Gettysburg College has been most fortunate to benefit from a private donor’s gift to enrich the learning experience of our students. We are able to provide small funds for the purchase of our books and other materials, to attend Italian cultural activities, and welcome exciting lecturers to campus to share expertise on Italian literature, history, cinema, and other cultural endeavors.

The Italian Literary Prize

Every year the faculty of the Italian Studies program evaluate literary submissions of any genre written in Italian from students enrolled in 100 level, 200 level, and 300 level courses in order to select a winner and 2 runner-ups from each level. First prize for each level is a $100 gift certificate, runner-ups from all three levels receive a $25 gift certificate.