Communication Requirement

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All undergraduates are required to take four communication-intensive (CI) subjects to fulfill MIT's communication requirement. Two of these subjects must be in the student's major department (CI-M subjects). CI-M classes satisfy the major program requirements and their units count as units beyond the GIRs.

Course VI students must take at least one CI-M class in the third year and one in the fourth year. Taking both by the end of the third year is permitted when appropriate. Only CI-M classes in the student's department can be used to meet the requirement, but students may take more than two CI-M classes.

M.Eng. students who choose to receive their bachelor's degree at the end of the fifth year (or later) may delay their final CI-M class. However, in all cases failure to complete a CI-M class in the major by the end of the third year will result in an academic warning. M.Eng. students who choose to receive their bachelor's degree at the end of the fifth year (or later) may delay their final CI-M class. However, in all cases failure to complete a CI-M class in the major by the end of the third year will result in a communication requirement warning and a credit limit. If the first CI-M is still not complete by the end of the following term, an academic warning with an even stricter credit limit will result. Students may petition to have their plan for CI-M completion accepted by the Communication Requirement Office.

Third-Year CI-M Requirement

ALL Course VI undergraduates MUST take one of these subjects in the third year.

Subject Term(s) offered Dept. requirement subject satisfies
6.021 Fall term only EE header
6.033 Spring term only CS header
6.101 Fall term only Dept. (6-1 and 6-2) or Inst. Lab
6.111 Fall term only Dept. (6-1 and 6-2) or Inst. Lab
6.115 Spring term only Dept. (6-1 and 6-2) or Inst. Lab
6.131 Fall term only Dept. (6-1 and 6-2) or Inst. Lab
6.141 Spring term only Dept. (6-1 and 6-2) or Inst. Lab
6.152 Fall and Spring Dept. (6-1 and 6-2) (not Inst.) Lab
6.161 Fall term only Dept. (6-1 and 6-2) or Inst. Lab
6.163 Fall and Spring Dept. (6-1 and 6-2) or Inst. Lab
6.182 Spring term only Dept. (6-1 and 6-2) or Inst. Lab
6.805 Fall term only AUS

Fourth Year CI-M Requirement

The fourth year CI-M requirement MUST be satisfied by taking the 6.UAT and 6.UAPsequence. M.Eng. students may use the M.Eng. Thesis Proposal for the Undergraduate Advanced Project, but must still register for 6.UAT and 6.UAP. VI-A students may use a project from a VI-A company assignment as the basis for 6.UAP.

6.UAT Preparation for Undergraduate Advanced Project. Instruction in effective technical oral presentations through exposure to different workplace communication skills. As preparation for the advanced undergraduate project (UAP), students develop research topics, identify a research supervisor, and prepare a short research proposal for an oral presentation.

6.UAP Undergraduate Advanced Project. An independent capstone project demanding intellectual rigor, design and quantitative skills, as well as interpersonal and communication skills. Required for the S.B. degree, this project must be arranged by the student with an appropriate MIT faculty member. Students who register for 6.UAP must submit an approved proposal to the department undergraduate office by the Add Date. The approved final report and grade form must be submitted to the office by the end of term.

Students may petition to use a CI-M department lab for their UAP. Petitions to count other classes as CI-M subjects must be approved by the department undergraduate office and by the MIT Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement.

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