Feb 27, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 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).


The following tutorials are offered in 2022–23: 

  • Cancel Culture (Allen)
  • Castles, Foundations, Freedom: Walden and the Liberal Arts (Andrews)

  • Dada! (Anger)

  • 500 Years of Arguing with Strangers (Bauder)

  • “I am neither from here nor there”: Immigrants’ Identities’ (Benoist)

  • War: Primary Sources from Afghanistan and Irag (Blanchard)

  • The Global Fight for Democracy (Brottem)

  • Pandemics and Society (Brouhle)

  • The Americas on October 11, 1942 (Campbell)

  • Music, Language, and the Process of Signification (Cha)

  • The Empire Writes Back (Chou)

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

  • Machines, Space, and Topology (Eliott)

  • African-American Literary Ties to Russian Intellectual Thought (Greene)

  • The Black Athlete: Changing 20th and 21st Century Society (Hamilton)

  • Solar Geoengineering: The Aerosol Dilemma (Hernandez)

  • Art for Life’s Sake: Reading War and Peace in the 21st Century (Herold)

  • It’s a Different World (Jones)

  • The Element of Color: Theory and Practice (Kluber)

  • Janelle Monáe and Afrofuturism (Laver)

  • Solitude (Lewis)

  • Epic Heroes’ Journeys (Mercado)

  • Coping with Climate Change: How Science, Politics and Ethics Interact (Moyer)

  • Abolitionist Care (Nyden)

  • Birds: Nature, Joy, and Belonging (Phan)

  • Animals in Literature (Poetzl)

  • Contested Commemorations (Purcell)

  • Cult of Grinnell (Rietz)

  • Pioneering Women in Science and Engineering (Rodriguez)

  • Medicinal De$ign (Sieck)

  • Adam Smith and Karl Marx (Silva)

  • Go the F**k to Sleep (Tracy)

  • Queer African Stories (Tricoire)