Theodore Roosevelt Honors Program
Frequently Asked Questions
If the Course of Study doesn't fit into my schedule, can I take classes other than the year it says to take them?
It is important to realize that new TR Scholars are automatically enrolled in the courses they are required to take in a given semester. As a result, they are expected to fill out their schedule with other courses that do not conflict with the honors courses. The Course of Study for first year students is designed to help prepare them for success in college and to establish intellectual community amongst TR Scholars. This necessitates taking classes together. As a result, there is very little flexibility in the required course of study for the first three semesters. However, if conflicts arise, discuss them with the TR Director, and arrangements may be made to accommodate taking a course or two out of sequence. Any conflicts that necessitate taking a TR requirement out of sequence must be pre-approved by the TR Director and recorded on the Progress Update Form so that there exists a clear record of special arrangements or exceptions to TR Program requirements.
What is a suitable service learning project?
Service learning projects should be not-for-pay, and should be designed with the objectives of the TR program in mind. There are two approaches to this requirement: all at once, in a major project, or over a number of semesters. If you wish to complete your service learning all at once, find an organization that needs help with some new initiative that will give you an opportunity to take a leadership role rather than simply clocking service hours. Many TR Scholars use projects through the TR Program, summer camps, or other projects in Dickinson or their hometown to fulfill this requirement. These are the type of opportunities one should seek out when designing a service learning project for LEAD credit. Upon completion of 60 hours, students should sign up for LEAD 495H-2 for two credits.
Where can I find help designing and arranging a suitable service learning project?
In the TR Office, one can find information on a number of local organizations that are usually looking for volunteers to help with a number of projects. Among these organizations are Best Friends Mentoring and RSVP+, both of which are organizations that many students have been involved with in the past. In addition, the Theodore Roosevelt Center is always looking for help with their cataloguing project.
What is a Study Tour and how many are we required to attend?
Each semester there will be at least one opportunity for a student to fulfill their Study Tour credit, and once a year, the TRHLP Staff will design a Study Tour specific to student interests and program objectives. Recent Study Tours have involved trips to historic sites in the region, Mount Rushmore, Gettysburg Battlefield, and a tour of Oil Country. All TR scholars must take one of these study tours for credit during their time in the program. The scholar will collaborate with the TR Director regarding a plan of study for the study tour, and will submit a follow-up report that sketches how the study tour will contribute to future scholarly efforts. TR Scholars will be invited to attend all Study Tours, but only need take one for credit.
Will LEAD 494 count as my senior project for my major?
The TR senior project is designed to coincide with any senior project required within the discipline major. TR Scholars are not required to do two senior projects. However, they are required to do a senior project that is a "cut above" (i.e., honors level work). The senior project should establish the TR Scholar's readiness for success in graduate school and/or preparation for leadership in the chosen profession.
If my major requires an internship do I have to do two internships?
No. The TR internship is designed to coincide with any internship required within the discipline major. TR Scholars are not required to do two internships. However, they are required to include in the internship required of their major discipline (assuming one is required) a leadership component. All Leadership Studies Minor independent studies, projects, internships and like projects are designed with utmost student flexibility in mind. One may substitute these credits for major requirements (with Major advisor and TR Director approval,) one may “cross apply” both a major requirement and an LEAD requirement (with Major Advisor and TR Director approval,) or, if it is to one’s advantage, one could even complete two different projects, one if the major and one for LEAD credit.Consult with the TR Director for further detail.
Can I enter the TR Program at any time?
Yes. One may, with the Director's approval, transfer into the program, and it is possible, even for students who have been at DSU for some time, to begin the TR Program after their freshman year. However, one must take all required courses before graduating with TR distinction, or have a contract for any exception granted by the TR Director.
How does one get removed from the TR Program and have their scholarship revoked?
One can get removed from the TR Program and have their scholarship revoked by being placed on either academic or participation probation for a second time, or by being placed on both academic and participation probation in the same semester.
Will being in this program increase my chances of getting into graduate school?
An undergraduate degree with Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program distinction, along with strong letters of recommendation, a strong record of scholarly endeavor and leadership experience, coupled with high graduate school entrance exam marks, will make you a highly desirable candidate, even at the top graduate schools in the nation, and may well pave the way for graduate assistantships or scholarships.