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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 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 and oral communication. 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 2016–17: 

  • August Wilson’s Literary Legacy: “The Pittsburgh Cycle” (Barlow)
  • #lemonade (Benjamin)
  • “I am neither from here nor from there”: Immigrant Identities in the US (Benoist)
  • Humanities I: The Ancient Greek World (J. Cummins)
  • Water (Cunningham)
  • Philosophy and Race (J. Dobe)
  • Crisis, Liberation, Justice and Leadership (Drake)
  • Exploring Autism (Ellis)
  • Climate Change Policy: Interactions of Collective Action, Economics, and Science (B. Ferguson)
  • Cinematic Identity: Race, Sex, and Gender on Film (Geller)
  • African-American Literary Ties to Russian Intellectual Thought in the 19th and 20th century (Greene)
  • Turkish, German, European: Faith Akin’s Cinema & Multiethnic Germany (Gueneli)
  • The Enlightenment as Musical: A Textual Approach (Harrison)
  • Literature, Intertextuality, and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials (Herold)
  • Other Worlds in Our Own: Exploring Multiple Ways of Knowing Reality (Holmes-Tagchungdarpa)
  • Exploring the Magical World of Calvin and Hobbes (Hutchison)
  • The Presentation of Self in Digital Life (Inglis)
  • Propaganda, Persuasion, and Political Psychology (M. Johnson)
  • Changing Childhoods (Kamp)
  • Making Decisions with Data (Shonda Kuiper)
  • Kendrick Lamar (Laver)
  • Chasing Pathogens: The Rise and Fall of Epidemics (Leggans)
  • Encountering Indonesia: Music, Performance, Transformation (Lussier)
  • The Enlightenment as Musical: A Historical Approach (Maynard)
  • Our Hero(in)es, Ourselves (Mercado)
  • Coping with Climate Change: How Science, Politics, and Ethics Interact (Moyer)
  • Books: Past, Present, and Future (Purcell)
  • Between Art and Theatre: The Politics and Poetics of Performance Art (Quintero)
  • Music, Mind, and Machine (Rommereim)
  • Tropical Forests and Sustainable Development (Roper)
  • Infinity and Paradox (Shuman)
  • The Origins of Capitalism (Silva)
  • Old English Re-Imagined (Smith)
  • She is the Nation: Egypt (Youssef)