Franklin & Marshall College uses a course credit system. Thirty-two course credits are required for graduation. A typical course is assigned one course credit, equivalent to four semester hours, though some courses may be assigned more or less than one course credit.  Departments may offer half (0.5) credit courses and double (2.0) credit courses. The smallest unit of credit offered at Franklin & Marshall is one-half (0.50).

The typical one-credit course meets three times per week for 50 minutes, or twice a week for 80 minutes, or once per week for 170 minutes.  Courses with laboratories add a three- or four-hour lab to these lecture hours, but they do not carry additional credit. * 

Semesters are 13 and 3/5 weeks of classes (vacation periods such as fall break, Thanksgiving break, and spring break excluded), followed by at least two reading days, and then five days in which final examinations are scheduled. * 

We recommend that a student should typically spend three hours of out-of-class time for every hour spent in class.

*For 2020-2021 only, the academic calendar has been reconfigured to include two modules per each semester, with an additional January term between the fall and spring semesters. The typical one-credit course meets during one module, four times per week for 90 minutes. Courses with laboratories add a three-hour lab two days per week, but they do not carry additional credit. Semester modules are six weeks of classes (vacation periods such as Thanksgiving break excluded), followed by at least one reading day, and then one to four days in which final examinations are scheduled. The January term consists of four weeks of classes, including one day in which final examinations are scheduled. We recommend that students plan to spend 18 hours per week on each course in a module (6 hours of scheduled class time plus 12 hours of out-of-class time).