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The desire to follow the work of a particular author more deeply or to pursue a question of philosophy to another level is afforded by the preceptorial. The preceptorial is the closest offering the college has to an elective. For about seven or eight weeks in the middle of the year, seminars are suspended for juniors and seniors as they meet in smaller groups to study one book or explore a subject through reading and discussion of several books. Tutors of junior and senior seminar propose topics for preceptorials, and juniors and seniors submit their requests to the dean. Generally not more than 10 students meet with one tutor.