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.

Alumni profile: Jennifer Maholchic ’13 works abroad

Jennie Maholchic

Academic Focus: International Affairs and French double major; Spanish minor

Study Abroad: Paris, France through IES Abroad in Fall 2011

Current Job: Activities Assistant for the IES Paris program

“Through my study abroad experience and my extensive work with the Admissions Office as a student, I was drawn to working in higher education administration, particularly in International Admissions or in study abroad,” Maholchic said.

“Certain aspects about my Gettysburg experience helped me prepare for life after graduation, such as understanding the power of person-to-person contact, knowing that discussions with and listening to others are two of the most important skills to master,” Maholchic said.

Meet Prof. Caroline Ferraris-Besso

CarolineCaroline 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. 

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