General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

Communication Requirement


In order to graduate, you must complete four Communication Intensive subjects:

  • two CI-H subjects (Communication Intensive in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences)
  • two CI-M subjects (Communication Intensive in the Major).

The Communication Requirement for First-Year Students

All undergraduates at MIT are required to complete one Communication Intensive HASS (CI-H or CI-HW) subject in their first year. This will fulfill their first of four subjects required to satisfy the Communication Requirement.

Step 1: Placement via the First-Year Essay Evaluation (FEE), AP, and IB scores

  • Incoming first-year students take the FEE to determine which type of Communication Intensive (CI) subject they must complete during their first year.
  • Students may submit an AP score of 5 on either English exam in lieu of taking the FEE. Also, those who scored a 7 on the English A or B Higher-Level IB exam may be exempt from the FEE.
  • You will be able to view the FEE results in Online Advising Folders.

Step 2: Choose an Appropriate Communication Intensive Subject

  • If you take the summer online FEE, results (indicating the placement for which type of subject will fulfill your first CI-H or CI-HW subject) as well as essays and comments on those essays will be available in your Online Advising Folders.

Step 3: Interpreting the FEE results

  • CI-H/CI-HW Required: You may take any HASS subject labeled CI-H or CI-HW in either Fall or Spring of your first year.
  • CI-HW Required: You must take a HASS writing-focused subject, designated CI-HW, as your first CI subject in either Fall or Spring of your first year.  Other CI subjects taken prior to a CI-HW will not count toward the Communication Requirement.
  • 21G.222 (English as a Second Language) Subject Required: You must take 21G.222 as your first CI subject in either Fall or Spring of your first year.  Other CI subjects taken prior to 21G.222 will not count toward the Communication Requirement.
  • 21G.220 Workshop in Written Expression (ELS) Required: You must take 21G.220 in the Fall. 21G.220 does not carry CI credit, but it will count as a HASS-H subject toward the HASS Requirement. You must then take 21G.222 as your first CI subject in the Spring.

Take aways:

  • CI-HW Required students will not receive CI credit for CI subjects taken prior to a CI-HW.
  • If you take two CI-H or CI-HW subjects in the same term, both subjects can count toward the HASS Requirement, but only one will count toward the Communication Requirement.

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