LDRS 101: The First-Year Experience is a college success course required of all students in the Corps of Cadets. First year courses are considered a high-impact practice in the field of higher education. Citadel cadets taking LDRS 101 will earn one-hour of academic credit and will attend two one-hour classes each week, either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday during the fall semester of their freshman year. Select students participating in the Citadel Success Institute summer bridge program will take LDRS 101 during that program. Qualified Citadel faculty and staff serve as instructors for the course.
LDRS 101 helps you develop the academic and life skills to make a successful transition to the unique environment of The Citadel. You will develop your academic skills (reading, listening, note taking, test taking, time management, research, computer competency, in addition to others) and will be introduced to campus facilities, resources and support services. You will also learn about core values and ethics and how these relate to leadership. In addition, you will discuss topics such as leadership and followership, the difference between college and high school, managing stress and others.
Identify personal values and interests and create a career plan based on those.
Articulate characteristics of effective followership and apply those to an example from your own life.
Identify an ethical decision made by a character in the required reading and apply it to your own experience.
Demonstrate your understanding of research by locating, evaluating, and citing scholarly sources to be used in a group presentation.
Develop and deliver a multimedia presentation in a group.
Demonstrate understanding of The Citadel Honor Code and its application.