Dickinson Semester in Washignton
Operated in partnership with The Washington Center
for Internships and Academic Seminars
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Credits and Grades
Credits:  Credits you receive for TWC Internships and Seminars will normally be counted as general credit.  If you want either of these items to count toward your major, you must fill out the relevant line(s) of the TWC credit form (below) and get the department chair’s signature. 

Note: If you will be seeking credit toward the major, we strongly advise that you meet with the chair of your major department before you leave for Washington

Since you will probably not know what your TWC course or internship will be until close to the time you actually start work in Washington, it may not be possible to get the approval you seek ahead of time, but you can at least explain your plans and let the chair know you will be e-mailing him or her to seek this approval once you get to Washington and have your course and internship set up.  Save the email response you get as documentation of the chair’s approval (assuming you get it), then get the chair’s signature on the form below after you return to campus. 

The Independent Study (IS): The Independent Study normally will be counted as a course in the home department of the faculty member who is serving as your IS advisor.  Since many faculty members teach in multiple departments and/or in interdisciplinary majors, you should specify which major your IS is to count toward, and once again, get the department or program chair’s approval.  This approval CAN and SHOULD be obtained before you leave for Washington, since you will already have your Independent Study advisor set up by that point.  See: Major Credit form at: http://www.dickinson.edu/departments/twc/majorcredit.pdf

Once the form has been completed, turn it in to the Registrar so that your credit(s) can be applied to your major, as appropriate.  For more informmation on the Independent Study (IS), see:
Independent Study Guidelines at: http://www.dickinson.edu/departments/twc/ISguide.html
Fall or Spring Semester (15 weeks)

2 Credits for Internship
1 Credit for TWC course
1 Credit for Independent Study
4 Credits Total

Summer Session (10 weeks)

1 Credits for Internship
1 Credit for TWC course
1 Credit for Independent Study
3 Credits Total

Grades: Final letter grades earned for all three items (Internship, Seminar, and Independent Study) will be reported on your transcript, but only the letter grade for the Independent Study will be factored in when calculating your G.P.A.


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Dickinson Semester in DC

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