Aug 05, 2020  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


In the tutorial every entering student explores a topic of interest to the student and the instructor in a small group, discussion-intensive setting. The objectives of the tutorial are to illuminate methods of inquiry rather than to cover topics comprehensively, focusing particularly on writing, critical reading, oral communication, and information literacy skills. In addition, the tutorial initiates the process of planning for a liberal education at Grinnell through advising conversations between students and their instructors. By promoting close working relationships between tutorial instructors and their students and by combining the roles of instructor and academic adviser, the College provides students with academic advisers attuned to the interests and abilities of their advisees.

A tutorial (4 credits) is required of all students who enter Grinnell as first-year students and of all transfer students below third-year student standing whose previous work does not qualify them for an exemption. A student must complete the tutorial with a grade of C or higher to meet the tutorial graduation requirement and to be eligible to enroll in a “Plus-2” or independent project. Students who receive a D or F in the tutorial must earn a grade of C or better in a course designated or approved by the dean’s office as Intensive Writing (IW).

Tutorials are offered only in the first semester.

The following tutorials are offered in 2014–15: 

1. Sustainable Grinnell (Andelson)

2. “In the Parlance of Our Times”: The History and Function of English Slang (Arner)

3. African American Autobiography (Barlow)

4. War: Primary sources from Afghanistan and Iraq (Blanchard)

5. Venice, Past and Present (J.W. Brown)

6. Time (Chamberland)

7. Humanities I: The Ancient Greek World (J. Cummins)

8. Genetically Engineered, Organically Grown (DeRidder)

9. Women Writing Culture (B. French)

10. The Ring of the Nibelung (Gaub)

11. The Contested Waters of the American Southwest (A. Graham)

12. Failure (B. Graham)

13. American Courtroom Dramas (Hamlin)

14. Dead or Alive? Language in the 21st Century (Hansen)

15. Stuff: The Meaning of Possessions (Henry)

16. Atmospheric Aerosols: Planetary Engineering or Recipe for Disaster? (Hernandez)

17. Art of Life’s Sake: Reading War and Peace in the 21st Century (Herold)

18. The Teller and the Tale (Ireland)

19. The Climate We Desire: Exploring the Promise and Perils of Climate Engineering (P. Jacobson)

20. Perspectives on Life in the Universe (Kempton)

21. Constructions of Childhood Through Time and Place (Ketter)

22. A History of Food in the United States (Lacson)

23. Humanities I: The Ancient Greek World (Lalonde)

24. “Monsters Incorporated”: A History of Monsters, from the Renaissance to the Muppets (Lee)

25. Gender and War (Lewis)

26. The Function and Phenomenon of Fairy Tales: Inversion, Subversion, Liberation (Miller)

27. Joy (Nyden)

28. Émigrés, Exiles and Expatriates (Phan)

29. New Worlds and Ancient Texts: The Origins of Liberal Education in the Americas (Pollnitz)

30. Futures (Queathem)

31. Cult of Grinnell (Rietz)

32. Artists at the Table (Running)

33. Mapping the City (Sala)

34. Architectonics (Stone)

35. Finance and Society: Shaping the Narrative (Stroup)

36. It’s All News to Me (Willig Onwuachi)