Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to get into the Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Program?

Incoming Freshman must have a 3.5 grade point average or higher in high school and/or ACT score of 26 or higher, SAT score of 1770 or higher.  Transfer Students may enter as sophomores or juniors; however, a contract must be made with the director to complete all coursework to graduate with the leadership studies minor.  Transfer students must have a college/university GPA of 3.25 or higher.  TRHLP Scholars must be a baccalaureate degree-seeking student.

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 TRHLP scholars need to enroll 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 TRHLP 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 TRHLP Director, and arrangements may be made to accommodate taking a course or two out of sequence. Any conflicts that necessitate taking a TRHLP requirement out of sequence must be pre-approved by the TRHLP Director and recorded on the Progress Update Form so that there exists a clear record of special arrangements or exceptions to TRHLP requirements.

What is a suitable service learning project? 

The objective of service learning is to give back to the community.  TRHLP Scholars have been given much, therefore, much is expected.  So service learning projects should be not-for-pay, and should be designed with the objectives of the TRHLP program in mind.  There are two approaches to this requirement: all at once, in a major project, or over a number of semesters, one credit at a time.  If you wish to complete your service learning all at one time, 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.  Most service organizations have projects pending for which staffing is insufficient.  These are the type of opportunities one should seek out when designing a service learning project for LEAD credit.  TRHLP Scholars may also want to consider contacting the Student Assistant Directors to assist with Miss(ter) Blue Hawk and Hawk Walk service projects sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership program.  A total of 90 hours of service learning must be completed prior to graduation.  Students seeking information regarding service learning projects should schedule an appointment with the TRHLP Director before they register for LEAD credit.

Does the service learning project have to begin during the Fall semester?

No.  The Course of Study guidelines for service learning projects, internships, and the scholarly proposal can be worked into the TRHLP Scholar's schedule when most convenient (including summer projects).  The Course of Study guidelines offer a reasonable plan for completing the TRHLP requirements, but need not be viewed as binding in terms of when requirements are met.  If an internship or project is available in one's field in Fall rather than Spring it is acceptable to take it then or even in the summer.

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. 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 TRHLP faculty regarding a plan of study for the study tour, and will submit a follow-up report that indicates how the study tour will contribute to future scholarly efforts. TRHLP scholars will be invited to attend all Study Tours, but only need take one for credit. 

If my major requires an internship do I have to do two internships? 

No. The TRHLP internship is designed to coincide with any internship required within the discipline major. TRHLP 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 TRHLP Director approval,) one may “cross apply” both a major requirement and an LEAD requirement (with Major Advisor and TRHLP Director approval,) or, if it is to one’s advantage, one could even complete two different projects, one in the major and one for LEAD credit.  Consult with the TRHLP Director for further detail.

Can I enter the TRHLP 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 to begin the TRHLP after their freshman year. However, one must take all required courses before graduating with the Leadership Studies minor and TR distinction.  Qualified applicants may be considered for Spring enrollment pending available space and funding.

How does one get removed from the TRHLP and have their scholarship revoked?

One can get removed from the TRHLP 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.