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CSI 2021:  Academic Courses

All CSI (Citadel Success Institute) students are required to take academic courses, which help to ease the transition between high school academics and the academic requirements at The Citadel. Students will work on writing, reading and study skills while adjusting to college-level schoolwork in a supportive environment where study time is built into the daily schedule, and students are encouraged to work with their professors as well as with the CSI and Citadel support staff to excel academically.

1.     LDRS 101: First-Year Seminar is a 1-hour course that provides the academic and life skills that 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 a 4-hour Math course will not take LDRS 101 during CSI.

2.     MATH 118 & 119: College Algebra & Trigonometry is provided as a stepping stone for those students who must take MATH 131 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I), which is required for all students pursuing a major or minor in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or Chemistry.  It is a required 4-hour course for those students who major in Construction Engineering.  

The following class matrix will give your student an idea of which classes he/she will take during CSI:




 BANA 101: Principles of     Business Analytics

 Business Administration



 Supply Chain Management  

A 3-hour course that may be a General Elective for other majors.

 CRMJ 201: Introduction to   Criminal  Justice

 Criminal Justice

A 3-hour course that may be a General Elective for other majors.

 INTL 201: Introduction to   Intelligence Studies


A 3-hour course that may be a General Elective for other majors.

MATH 119: Precalculus*

 Students may be placed in an   alternative Math class based on   Math Placement Test scores.

 BS Chemistry

 Civil Engineering

 Computer Science

 Electrical Engineering


 Mechanical Engineering


 Construction Engineering 

Listed majors require MATH 131,  and MATH 119 is the pre-requisite.

 RPED 260: Fitness Resiliency       Wellness

 Required class for all majors

A 3-hour course that is required by all majors, which will be used for those students in unique circumstances (class may be full, transferrred classes, etc.).

 RPED 155:  Health & Nutrition

Satisfies the second activity that  is a graduation requirement for all majors.

RPED 155 is highly recommended for all students, but is vital for those who may not meet height/weight requirements.

  STAT 160: Statistical Methods

 Political Science



 Exercise Science

 Physical Education

A 3-hour course that may be a General Elective for other majors.

To guarantee your class placement, please pay the balance due within 30 days of payment availability. 

Bills will generate in the spring once you are placed into a class.

 Due to the short duration of the CSI semester, class changes will only be allowed when necessary on the FIRST day of class.


If you have any questions regarding class choice, please contact:

1. COL Chris Fudge, CSI Director at 843-953-5705 or

2. MAJ Melinda Norris, CSI Assistant Director at 843-953-6773 or


*To enroll in this course, students MUST take the Math Placement Exam (MPE) and receive notification of placement from the Mathematical & Sciences Department.  

The online Math Placement Exam (MPE) opened on May 17th for practicing, and the first proctored test was on May 24th. The plan is to have one test each day. If you take the test before arriving at CSI, you will not have to take it on July 12th when you arrive for CSI.  If you are unable to take the test before you arrive, it will be offered from 10:00AM - 12 NOON the day you arrive for CSI.  It is highly recommended that you take the test before your arrival, which will leave you more time to settle in.

Please direct all MPE questions to Dr. Mei-Qin Chen, who can be emailed at or phoned at 843-953-7882.

--Updated 6/07/2021--


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