Santa Barbara: Departments
Initiated in the fall of 1951, the Tutorial
Program was an outgrowth of several years of discussions among faculty
members on the Santa Barbara campus concerning the nature and goals
of liberal arts education. The purpose of the program was, and is
to provide gifted and interested undergraduates with a distinctive
educational experience through an interdisciplinary major emphasizing
the arts of critical reading, discussion, and writing.
As originally conceived, a major in tutorial could
not begin until the sophomore year, with participation each semester
in a colloquium, or formal discussion group, of 12 to 17 students,
conducted by two instructors from different departments. While these
colloquia were often repeated for two or three years, fresh ones
were added periodically. Through the fall semester of 1965, a total
of 13 colloquia had been offered.
In his two years as an upper division student
a tutorial major elects a total of eight tutorials, which are newly
designed each semester by the student and instructors after consultation
with the Tutorial Committee. Typically, tutorials of from one to
three students meet with an instructor once a week for discussion
of reading and student papers. In 1962, a one-unit course for freshmen
was initiated to acquaint prospective tutorial majors with the nature
and methods of the program. By the spring of 1965, 50 freshmen were
enrolled in four sections, each devoted to a different subject matter.
The Tutorial Program is administered by a six-member
faculty committee appointed by the Executive Committee of the College
of Letters and Science. Since 1961-62, budgetary support has taken
the form of transfers of funds to departments which release faculty
members from courses to serve as tutors.
In 1964-65, there were 13 students majoring
in the Tutorial Program, three of whom were graduating seniors.