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Graduation Requirements

While the information is as accurate as possible, in the case of any discrepancies between this webpage and the student's catalog of record, the catalog will be the final authority. Online catalogs can be found here.


Degrees

  • The degree of Bachelor of Arts is conferred upon satisfactory completion of the appropriate program of study in chemistry, criminal justice, English, history, intelligence and security studies, modern languages, political science, or psychology.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree is conferred upon satisfactory completion of the appropriate program of study in biology; chemistry; computer science; education; health, exercise, and sport science; mathematics; nursing, physics and sport management.
  • Graduates in accounting or business administration receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
  • Graduates in civil engineering receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Graduates in construction engineering receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering.
  • Graduates in electrical engineering receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Graduates in mechanical engineering receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Requirements for Degree Completion

Academics:

  • Students must complete one of the major courses of study out¬lined in the catalog of record and must achieve a minimum grade-point average of 2.000 based on all quality hours attempted and all quality points earned at The Citadel.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade-point average of 2.000 based on all quality hours attempted and all quality points earned in major coursework at The Citadel.
  • Students majoring in education or in the teaching track of health, exercise and sport science must achieve a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.750 and a grade-point average of at least 2.750 on all professional education courses; and must have on file in the Registrar’s Office at The Citadel passing scores for the appropriate PRAXIS II and Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Examinations.
  • If a student is pursuing a minor, a grade-point average of 2.000 must be achieved in all coursework completed in that minor.
  • All students, including transfer students from other colleges, are required to earn at The Citadel a minimum of one-half the semester hours prescribed for their major course of study.
  • The student’s school or department is responsible for ensuring that the student’s knowledge in the major is current.
  • Cadets who have met the overall grade-point average and major coursework grade-point average requirements and who are conduct proficient but who have not completed all course requirements for gradu¬ation may take not more than two courses totaling 7 semester hours at another institution for transfer to The Citadel in order to complete major requirements. Prior approval of these courses is mandatory.

ROTC

  • ROTC course work plays a major role in The Citadel’s mission to educate and prepare graduates to become principled leaders and is essential for students seeking to receive a commission in one of the armed forces.
  • All cadets must satisfy an ROTC requirement for every semester during which they are enrolled at The Citadel or until they have completed eight semesters or met graduation requirements.
  • The ROTC Requirement for cadets is as follows
    • Every freshman and sophomore cadet (i.e., all those who are classified 4A, 4B, 3A, or 3B) must enroll in and pass an ROTC class during their freshman and sophomore years.
    • The ROTC classes are offered by the Departments of Aerospace Studies (AERO), Military Studies (MLTY), and Naval Studies (NAVL).
      • Cadets who are pursuing a commission in one ROTC program and who then decide to pursue a commission in another ROTC program must have the approval of the head of the ROTC program they are leaving and the head of the ROTC program they wish to join.
      • When cadets are changing to another ROTC, they are not, without the permission of the head of the ROTC Detachment, permitted to enroll in an ROTC class at a level lower than their academic classification. For example, a member of the sophomore class who wishes to change to another ROTC must enroll in a sophomore-level course in the new ROTC unless the head of the ROTC Detachment authorizes the enrollment in a lower-level course.
      • If a cadet finds that he or she is not able to register for an ROTC class or that he or she must withdraw from an ROTC class, the cadet must have the permission of the head of that ROTC Detachment (for students pursuing a commission) or the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (for those not pursuing a commission).
      • Failure to complete an ROTC class does not reduce the number of semesters in the ROTC requirement.
      • Study abroad cadets will complete ROTC requirements via independent study or online.
    • Junior and Senior cadets (i.e., those who are classified 2A, 2B, 1A, or 1B) who wish to pursue a commission in the Armed Forces upon graduation are required to enroll in and pass an ROTC class in every semester during which they are enrolled at The Citadel or until they have completed eight semesters or met graduation requirements.
      • Upon the recommendation of the head of the appropriate ROTC department and with concurrence of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, training experiences may be accepted in lieu of ROTC coursework.
      • When approved, the designated ROTC courses will be recorded on the student’s Citadel transcript as exempted military credits.
    • Junior and Senior cadets (i.e., those who are classified 2A, 2B, 1A, or 1B) who are not pursuing military careers will not take the traditional junior and senior-level ROTC courses designed for cadets who will be commissioned at graduation.
    • These cadets will, instead, fulfill the ROTC requirement by enrolling in a 3-hour ROTC-fulfilment course in the Fall and Spring semesters each year until they have completed eight semesters or met graduation requirements.
    • This ROTC-alternative program for juniors and seniors provides a more relevant set of leadership-oriented courses/experiences for cadets who are not going into the U.S. military and allows the ROTC detachments to focus their resources on cadets who are pursuing a commission.
      • Non-commissioning students will be responsible for taking one ROTCfulfilment course each semester.
      • All non-commissioning students should take LDRS 371. (Business majors and others may fulfill this requirement by taking BADM 371.).
      • The remaining courses may be chosen from a wide variety of classes in the Leadership Studies minor, leadership-oriented courses in students’ major fields, and other high-impact practice courses such as internships or undergraduate research courses.
      • Please visit the Leadership Department webpage for a list of ROTC Fulfilment courses.

ROTC classes (i.e., those designated AERO, MLTY, or NAVL) may not be used to satisfy elective requirements in any course of study.

Additional Curricular Requirements for the Corps of Cadets: 

Students in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets must successfully complete additional coursework in Leadership, Physical Education, and ROTC. These additional courses are graduation requirements.

Required Physical Education

  • Every cadet must complete at least two 100-level RPED activity classes.

Leadership:

  • Cadets must successfully complete the following courses during their cadet careers:
    • Leadership 101: The First-Year Experience (1 Credit Hour) LDRS 101 provides academic and life skills to help students make a successful transition to college as well as to the unique environment of The Citadel. Students will develop their academic skills (reading, listening, note taking, test taking, time management, research, etc.) and will be introduced to campus facilities, resources, and support services. Some attention will also be given to lifestyle and relationship issues. A student must have the approval of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs to withdraw from LDRS 101.
    • Leadership 201: Sophomore Seminar in Principled Leadership (1 Credit Hour) Required of all second-year cadets, LDRS 201 incorporates The Citadel’s core values of honor, duty, and respect as those values constitute principled leadership. The course also assists cadets in the process of transitioning from the freshman year to the sophomore year and enables them to reflect upon their experiences with the Citadel’s fourth-class system as they learn more about effective, ethical leadership. A student must have permission of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs to withdraw from LDRS 201.
    • Leadership 211: Sophomore Seminar Service Learning Lab (0 Credit Hour) LDRS 211 provides sophomores with an approved Service Learning experience of approximately 10 hours (exact hours may vary depending on the service site cadets choose). The Pass/Fail lab component is offered in the fall, spring, or by professor consent in the summer. Both LDRS 201 and LDRS 211 must be completed for a student to fulfill the sophomore leadership course requirements for graduation.
    • Leadership 311: Junior Ethics Enrichment Experience (0 Credit Hour) LDRS 311 is a one-day seminar focused on ethical decision-making. At the conclusion of the seminar, cadets will write an essay recorded in each cadet’s eLeadership Portfolio.
    • Leadership 411: Senior Leadership Integration Seminar (0 Credit Hour) LDRS 411 is a full-day professional development seminar during which cadets reflect upon their personal values and the leadership lessons learned at The Citadel. Cadets engage with business and community facilitators to discuss how they will apply their learning toward being effective principled leaders as they transition to the next phase of their lives. Finally, cadets consider their duty as Citadel graduates to leave positive legacies wherever they serve in the future. Written reflections and a personal vision statement completed after the seminar become part of each cadet’s eLeadership Portfolio. Completion of the Senior Leadership Integration Seminar is a graduation requirement.

Physical Education

  • The required physical education program for cadets is designed to provide an exemplary environment and experiences which contribute to an improved quality of life for the student.
  • The program offers basic instruction in adult and lifetime physical fitness, healthful living, physical activities and recreational sports which are of immediate and lasting value.
  • Each cadet is required to complete RPED 260: Physical Fitness, Resiliency, and Wellness (3 cr. hours), as well as two different RPED activity courses (0 cr. hours each).

Residential

  • Students pursuing a cadet degree must reside in the Corps of Cadets for at least four full semesters.

Ordering and Receiving a Class Ring

  • While any rising senior cadet may in the spring of the junior year be measured for and order a class ring, to be eligible to receive a class ring, a cadet must meet these two conditions:
    1. Have an academic classification of 1A.
    2. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000.
  • To participate in the Ring Ceremony, the cadet must:
    1. Have passed the Corps Physical Fitness Test as outlined in Chapter 5 of the White Book.
  • Cadets who have met academic requirements to receive the ring but have not met the Commandant’s Physical Effectiveness Requirements to participate in the Ring Presentation may pick up their rings on the Monday following Parents’ Weekend at the Holliday Alumni Center.
  • If a cadet fails to meet requirements to receive the ring with his/her class, the Alumni Association will normally hold the ring until the end of the following spring semester.
  • If the cadet has not met requirements to receive the ring by that time, it will be returned to the manufacturer.
  • The cadet may not order the ring, again, until all requirements to receive the ring have been met.
  • The eligibility of cadets who failed to meet ring eligibility in October of their senior year will be checked again in January.
  • The rings of cadets who have not yet received their rings but will receive their diplomas in May or will be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony will be cleared to receive their rings before commencement.
  • No other cadets will be cleared to receive their rings until after commencement.

These are minimum requirements and will not be waived. Students should see the Registrar to confirm eligibility.


Requirements for Participation in Commencement Exercises

  • Students who have not completed all degree requirements may participate in the May Commencement if the following conditions are met:
    1. The student has earned at least a 2.000 cumulative GPA and 2.000 GPA in the major. For Education majors and Physical Education (Teaching Track) majors, the cumulative and professional education grade-point averages must be at least 2.750.
    2. The student must be no more than 15 credit hours short of meeting degree requirements.
    3. The student must be cleared by the Office of the Treasurer.
    4. The cadet must have completed all tours and confinements and must have passed the Corps Physical Fitness Test as outlined in Chapter 5 of the White Book.
    5. The cadet must have met all ROTC and RPED requirements.
    6. The cadet must be eligible to complete degree requirements without returning to the Corps of Cadets since participation in commencement is the final act of a cadet.

Fine Arts Requirement

Freshmen and Sophomores are required to attend at least one approved Fine Arts performance each semester. The completion of this requirement will be verified before the academic classification of 2A (first semester, junior status) is approved.

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