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The Citadel at Sea Fall 2017

Term To Study: Short-term Fall 2017
Application Deadline: Oct 26, 2017
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $0
Link 1: The Spirit of South Carolina
Link 2: The Citadel at Sea Spring 2018
Contact Phone: 843-953-7083
Contact Name: Dr. Zane Segle
Contact Email:
What is Included: 3 credits of Tuition
Accommodation on board
Meals on ship
Onboard Orientation
Estimated Costs: $1500 program fee for undergraduate students
$1860 program fee for graduate students
Program Description

The Spirit of South Carolina is a two-masted pilot schooner modeled after the Frances Elizabeth, a vessel that was originally built by Samuel J. Pregnall & Bros. Shipyard in Charleston in 1879. Plans for the Frances Elizabeth were found at the Smithsonian Institute within their extensive collection. The Spirit of South Carolina was built in downtown Charleston's Ansonborough Field by Sea Island Shipwrights. Upon completion in 2007, the vessel was towed across the street into the port terminal compound using a custom-engineered cradle and was lowered into the water in approximately the same spot where Samuel Pregnall's shipyard once stood. The Spirit of South Carolina operates as a United States Coast Guard certified Sailing School Vessel and Passenger Vessel throughout the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Canadian Maritimes.

Length Overall: 140 feet
Length on Deck: 90.7 feet
Waterline Length: 88 feet
Draft: 10.3 feet
Gross Tons: 150 feet
Main Mast: 125 feet
Fore Mast: 104 feet
Beam: 23.7 feet
Sail Area: 5,198 square feet
Hull Speed: 12.5 knots
Designers: Tri-Coastal Marine


The inaugural Citadel at Sea program will take place during the Fall 2017 semester. A short-term faculty-led voyage will be offered to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets as well as veteran, MECEPs, CGC students and non-Citadel students. This program will consist of 3 on-campus class meetings and one weekend sail aboard the Spirit of South Carolina.

"Aspects of Maritime Commerce and Culture:" This interdisciplinary course provides a unique introduction to the important role of maritime commerce in the southeast United States. Building on the sailing experience of the Citadel at Sea Program aboard the Spirit of South Carolina, students will have the opportunity to examine first-hand the challenges and opportunities of maritime commerce. Each student will select a relevant topic and, over the course of the semester, write a term paper (15 pages for undergraduate credit, 25 pages for graduate credit). The paper could cover a variety of commercial, political, military-strategic or economic aspects. Topics must be approved by Professor Sparks during the second week of class. The final paper is due on December 1. The class schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday, October 25th - On-Campus Class Meeting - 4-5pm
Friday, October 27th - Sunday, October 29th - Off-Shore sail aboard Spirit of South Carolina (special leave granted for cadets)
*Students will come aboard the ship on the evening of Thursday, October 26th so that sailing can commence Friday morning*
Friday, November 3rd - On-Campus Class Meeting - 4-5pm
Friday, December 1st - On-Campus Class Meeting - 4-5pm


Students will be enrolled in INTD 350 (undergraduates) or INTD 650 (graduate level). This course will count towards a general elective. Students who want this course to count towards a major requirement must complete a substitution of degree requirement form. Selected courses have been pre-approved for substitution including the following courses:

Undergraduate Courses:
BADM 490 - Independent Study - 3 credits
PSCI 433 - Topics in International Politics - 3 credits
PSCI 463 - Topics in Law and Legal Studies - 3 credits
PSCI 498 - Independent Study - 3 credits

Graduate Courses:
BADM 795 - Independent Study - 3 credits
PSCI 510 - Special Topics or Service Learning - 3 credits

Other courses may be substituted upon approval of that department.


Dr. Donald Sparks
Baker School of Business

Students interested in the Spirit of South Carolina and The Citadel at Sea program are encouraged to consider applying to the Spring 2018 program as well as the Fall 2017 program. Information about the Spring program can be found via the link above.

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