What you need to know
CI‑H/HW subjects — Communication Intensive in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences — are part of the Communication Requirement and provide you with a foundation in effective expository writing and oral communication. These subjects offer instruction, practice, and feedback in communication skills with the goals of achieving clarity in writing; greater facility in oral communication; the ability to structure a persuasive argument; and an understanding of the use of sources and scholarly materials.
The Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement (SOCR) has defined an important set of criteria and desired outcomes that all CR subjects are expected to meet. Review CI‑H and CI‑HW subject criteria for more information.
Some key points to remember:
- You must pass a CI‑H or CI‑HW subject in order to receive credit.
- You can only receive CI credit for one CI‑H/HW subject per term.
What you need to do
- Take the Freshman Essay Evaluation (FEE) to find out which type of CI‑H you must start with.
- Learn about FEE exemptions and results.
- View our CI‑H/HW subject listing and consider areas of interest.
- During pre-registration, use the CI‑H/HW subject selector.
- Complete one CI‑H/HW subject in your first year and one in your second year to stay on pace.
- If you have questions about which CI‑H and CI‑HW classes are appropriate for you, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 253-2313 to discuss your options.
More about CI-H/HW subjects
CI‑H subjects are HASS classes in which you plan, organize, draft, and revise a series of assignments based on course material. They offer substantial opportunities for oral expression through presentations, student-led discussion, and/or class participation.
- CI‑H subjects require at least 5,000 words of writing, typically divided among three to five assignments.
- At least one essay must be revised and resubmitted.
- The subject must include an assessed oral component (presentation, student-led discussion, class participation, etc.).
- Review the criteria for CI‑H subjects here.
CI‑HW subjects are a subset of CI‑H subjects focused more particularly on the writing process, from pre-writing through drafting, revising, and editing. They place importance on the development of audience, purpose, and the rhetorical dimensions of writing — to argue, inform, persuade, explain, or convince.
- CI‑HW subjects teach the proper use and citation of sources and scholarly materials; promote effective paragraph construction; and address trouble spots in grammar, mechanics, and style.
- Most assignments will be revised to stress the importance of revision in composition.
- Through in-class workshops, you will receive peer feedback on work in progress, allowing you to develop your critical thinking and revision skills.
- Review the criteria for CI‑H/HW subjects here.