Tutorials are small groups of two to five students working closely with a faculty member on a common topic, project, or skill. Tutorials are student-generated projects, and like independent studies, ideas for tutorials typically follow from questions raised in a particular course. Students may collaborate on creative projects as well. Students work together with the instructor to formulate the structure of the tutorial, the details of which are described in the tutorial proposal and submitted to the Faculty Committee on Individualized Studies for review and approval. The tutorial group meets regularly throughout the semester, and students follow a common syllabus: all participants complete the same readings, write papers on similar topics, etc. At the end of the semester all students are evaluated by the instructor and assigned a letter grade (A through F).
Students in the same tutorial must register for the same number of units. Credit is determined by the amount of work (readings and other types of assignments) entailed in the tutorial and should be comparable to that of a Gallatin classroom course. Tutorials range from 2 to 4 units. Meeting hours correspond to course units; a 4-unit tutorial requires at least 14 contact hours per term between the instructor and students. Students and instructors may establish meeting times and places for the tutorial, however, long distance tutorials (where the students and instructor cannot meet together) are not generally permitted.
While students are encouraged to engage in independent work with University faculty, the Gallatin program is designed for a careful balance between independent and classroom experience. Undergraduate students therefore may register for no more than 8 units per semester in any combination of independent study and/or tutorial.
Faculty members (both full-time and part-time) are limited to supervising no more than one tutorial per term (Fall, Spring, or Summer).
Below is an outline of the process that students follow to set up a Tutorial. Because the student and the instructor are designing a course, students must begin this process a full semester in advance. Students can refer to the Student Checklist to investigate the planning timeline for these steps:
Students must submit all of the above components by the appropriate semester deadline.