The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina



The academic component of the CSI (Citadel Success Institute) program consists of two academic classes. 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 as well as the CSI and Citadel support staff to excel academically.

These students will take a Core Curriculum course as well as their Freshman-Experience Class: LDRS 101/or MATH 119 depending upon their major course of study.

*On the Registration form students will select their FIRST choice for their core course as well as a SECOND-choice course. In the event that their first choice is full, students will be placed in their second-choice course. 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):
      • 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).

LDRS 101

CSI students also take the Citadel's First-Year Experience course, commonly known as 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. The majority of CSI students complete this requirement during the summer.

LDRS 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 skills, etc.) and will be introduced to campus facilities, resources, and support services. Some attention will also be given to lifestyle and relationship issues as well as to foundational leadership concepts. Students taking LDRS 101 during CSI should purchase and read the book A Few Good Men prior to the CSI start date in July.

We are currently developing the curriculum which will be tailored to the students' needs.  Once the application deadline has been reached, then, we can develop the curriculum that this class of CSI students will require.  For example, English 101/102, a core-curriculum humanities course, as well as others.


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