The Whitman academic calendar is based on a 14-week semester system. Beginning and intermediate language courses meet for 4 hours a week; advanced language courses and literature courses meet for 3 hours a week. Classes average between 10 and 15 students. Film courses have a weekly screening in addition to the normally scheduled class time. The numbering system for courses in the French department corresponds to the level of difficulty of the course material, and breaks down as follows:
- 100-level: beginning language
- 200-level: intermediate language
- 300-level: advanced language and introduction to literature and culture
- 400-level: literature and film of the francophone world
World literature courses do not follow the same numbering system as courses in the French department. A 300-level course in World Literature would correspond to a 400-level course in the French department in its degree of difficulty and expectations.
Click here for a link to the course catalog listing for French.