A Meta-Torrey (MT) is an alternative to regular junior and senior level classes and is designed to allow a more in-depth study of one particular text, author, or topic. It is based on the style of a graduate level seminar in its focused nature and increased reading load. It will meet one day a week at the same time and with the same tutor for the entire semester.

MTs must be proposed by students to be considered as a class to be offered the following semester. Forms can be obtained in the THI office or via the Torrey Wardrobe. The topics of MT classes vary; you may propose any subject, text, or author in which other students and tutors share your interest. Major texts from the Torrey canon are often a good choice, as are Biblical and theological subjects. Recent studies have included Plato’s Republic, Dante’s Divine Comedy, Christology, Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, and Philosophy of Music.

Submitted proposals are evaluated by the Torrey tutors and offered based on availability, qualifications, and interest. Occasionally, non-Torrey professors may be asked to teach a class in a unique area of expertise.

The tutor in charge of the class will establish the specific criteria and reading requirements and email them to your student account. While the requirements may vary, common qualities of MT classes include: a higher level of work required, student leadership of sessions, and paper-grading performed by the tutor of the MT.

Take note that MTs are only open to Torrey juniors and seniors. Also be aware that while registered for a MT, you still meet with your regular mentor four times per semester. Furthermore, while it is fine to enroll in a standard junior or senior Torrey class concurrently with a MT, please be aware that you will be expected to write papers for both the MT class and the standard class.

You should consult the Torrey office when registering for a MT.

MT students must follow the syllabus unique to that class. In addition, they must fulfill the program requirements, as determined by the handbook and their mentor. MT tutors cannot override decisions by the mentor. If there are conflicting expectations, consult your mentor.