Faculty and Instructors
CI-M subjects (Communication Intensive in the Major) teach the specific forms of communication common to the field's professional and academic culture. Students may write in teams, prepare and present oral and visual research reports for different audiences, learn audience analysis and peer review, or go through the experience of proposing, writing, and extensively revising a professional journal article.
Communication Intensive subjects (CI) in the major should:
- require at least 5000 words of writing including one mandatory revision, an equivalent amount of oral presentations, or an equivalent combination of the two;
- include substantial instruction and feedback on student work;
- integrate writing and speaking assignments that relate to the professional discourse in the major field; and
- count communication-intensive activities as a substantial portion of the final grade (> 25%).
Each undergraduate degree program should be designed so that students take at least two CI-M subjects within their major program. Beginning with the Class of 2007, one CI-M subject must offer substantial instruction and practice in oral presentation. CI-M subjects fulfill the CI component for the designated major(s). Non-majors who enroll in these subjects will have the same educational experience, but will not receive CI credit for completing these subjects. A list of current CI-M subjects by undergraduate major is available online.
Undergraduate programs should be designed to have students take the two CI-M subjects in their junior and senior years at the Institute. Departmental Major programs may, however, place one of the CI subjects in the sophomore year of their degree programs. Students may take two CI-M subjects in the same year, although this model is less desirable.
In most cases, both of the CI subjects will be offered by the major department. When degree programs find it necessary to designate a CI-M subject in another department as a part of their major, this subject must be educationally coherent with the objectives of the degree curriculum.
Proposing CI-M subjects
Faculty members interested in proposing a new CI-M subject should contact the Undergraduate Officer in their department to discuss this possibility. Departments may propose new CI-M subjects by submitting a Word proposal form and updated syllabus to the Office of the Communication Requirement. The due date for AY2015-16 CI-M proposals is December 5, 2014.
Proposals are reviewed by the Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement (SOCR) for their CI content before being forwarded to the Committee on Curricula (COC) for the curriculum review. Typically, proposals are reviewed in the year before the subject will be offered as a CI-M; for proposals that fall outside this cycle, please contact the Office of the Communication Requirement to discuss the possibilities.
Modifying CI-M subjects
If a faculty member proposes major modifications to a subject serving as a CI-M, the department should submit a proposal to SOCR to have the subject re-evaluated. Major modifications include changes to the number or type of communication-intensive assignments, the instruction in communication skills, or the number of units. Departments may use the same Word proposal form to propose new CI-M subjects and modifications.
Resources to support CI-M subjects
A range of resources are available to support faculty members teaching CI-M subjects. Resource requests must come through the department. Please contact the Office of the Communication Requirement for more information.