The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina



The academic component of the CSI (Citadel Success Institute) program consists of two academic classes and one physical education class. All CSI students are required to take these courses, which aim to ease the transition between high school academics and the rigorous academic requirements at The Citadel. These courses teach skills that students can apply throughout their educational careers.

CSI students will work on writing, reading, and study skills and apply these to their core academic course. In addition, they will adjust to college-level schoolwork in a supportive environment where academics are emphasized. Study time is built into the daily schedule and students are encouraged to work with their professors and the CSI and Citadel support staff to excel academically.

Core Courses

CSI students will take one of the following options:

    1. LDRS 101 (Freshman Orientation) and RPED 110 (Required Physical Education) as well as in ONE of the following:
      • PSYC 201- General Psychology
      • PSCI 102- American National Government
      • HIST 103- Western Civilization

*All of the above WILL count towards undergraduate degree requirements*

*On the Registration form students will select their FIRST choice for your core course and a SECOND choice course. In the event that courses fill up students will be placed in a course at the discretion of the CSI coordinator. We will do our best to place each student in his/her first choice; however, due to space constraints this cannot be guaranteed.

    1. MATH 119 (College Algebra & Trigonometry) and RPED 110:
      • Students needing to take MATH 131 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) for their scholarship program
      • Those students interested in pursuing a major or minor in:
      • Civil Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Physics
      • Mathematics
      • Computer Science
      • Chemistry (B.S.)

*MATH 119 will NOT count towards undergraduate degree requirements

*To enroll in this course, students MUST take the Math Placement Exam and receive notification of placement from the math department (the MPE will open in EARLY JUNE and is taken ONLINE)

Orientation Course

All CSI students also take the Citadel's First Year Seminar course, commonly known as Citadel 101 or LDRS 101, unless they choose to take MATH 119. This 1-credit hour course is required of all students in their first semester at the Citadel. CSI students complete this requirement during the summer.

LDRS 101: Citadel 101: First Year Seminar
Citadel 101 provides the academic and life skills to help students make a successful transition to the unique environment of the Citadel. Students will develop their academic skills (reading, listening, note-taking, test-taking, time management, research computer competency, etc.) and will be introduced to campus facilities, resources, and support services. Some attention will also be given to lifestyle and relationship issues. Students taking LDRS 101 during CSI should purchase and read the book A Few Good Men prior to CSI start date, July 6.

Physical Education Course

In addition, all CSI students will enroll in one zero-credit hour Required Physical Education (RPED) course. Citadel students are required to complete several RPED courses in order to graduate, and the course offered during CSI fulfills one of these requirements.

RPED 110: Individualized Physical Education
A course providing an individualized approach to health-related aspects of physical fitness, including, but not limited to, cardiorespiratory and muscular endurance, strength, flexibility, and body composition.

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