If the Course of Study doesn't fit into my schedule, what can I do?
Entering TR Scholars should be enrolled in the courses outlined in the course of study. 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 a learning community of 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. Thereafter, 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 to document 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 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. 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 Students Assistant Directors to assist with the 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 all 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 your field in Fall rather than Spring it is acceptable to take it then or even in the summer.
Where can I find opportunities to complete my service learning hours?
The TR office (May 311) keeps a database of current service opportunities in the community. Alternately, you can meet with the Director or one of the Student Assistant Directors to help you come up with some options suitable for your interests.
What is a Study Tour and how many are we required to attend?
Each semester there will be at least one opportunity for you to fulfill your 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. TR Scholars will be invited to attend all Study Tours, but only need take one for credit.
What is the Honors Seminar? How do I find a topic suitable for this project?
The Honors Seminar should evolve as you progress through the TRHLP. This course will be a culmination of your work as an undergraduate student in the form of a portfolio. The portfolio will include papers, projects, and reflections that have been completed in major specific and honors courses as well as reflections on your Service Learning Project(s) and Internship. The portfolios should also demonstrate how you met or exceeded the TRHLP’s five Learning Outcomes. Examples of past portfolios are available in the TRHLP Office.
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 by a particular discipline. 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 projects, independent studies, and internships are designed with student flexibility in mind. You may substitute these credits for major requirements (with Major advisor and TRHLP Director approval,) you may "cross apply" both a major requirement and an LEAD requirement (with Major Advisor and TRHLP Director approval,) or, if it is to your advantage, you could even complete two different projects, one in the major and one for LEAD credit. Consult with the TRHLP Director for further details.
Can I enter the TR Program at any time?
With the Director's approval, you may be considered for transfer into the program. It is also possible, even if you have been at DSU for some time, to begin the TR Program after your freshman year. However, you must take all required courses before graduating with the Leadership Studies Minor. Qualified applicants may be considered for spring enrollment pending available space and funding.
How does one get removed from the TR Program and have the 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 during the same semester.