HASS Communication Intensive (CI) Requirement

Objectives and Outcomes:    

The content in CI courses has been developed to support your communication skills through your advanced education and into your career. CI courses generally require writing papers and/or doing presentations. For this reason, it is highly recommended to complete a HASS CI course within your first three semesters so you can use these developed skills earlier in your college career (which can only support your GPA).  



Guidelines and Policies: 

  • Many INQR Courses are CI. 
  • All HASS Subjects offer CI Options. 
  • You cannot Pass/No Credit your CI Course.  
  • Should be taken within the first three semesters. 
  • CI courses must be taken at Rensselaer, they cannot be transferred from another college. 


All students are required to take 2 Communication Intensive Courses:

  1. HASS Communication Intensive Course | Part of your HASS Core requirements
  2. Major-Specific Communication Intensive Course | Not part of the HASS Core requirements



How to find Communication Intensive Courses: 

  • Upcoming CI courses will be published on the Registrar’s Website: Academic Planning  
  • Find other CI courses in SIS. 
    • Go to the ‘Student Menu.'
    • Select a semester (past, present, future). 
    • Click ‘Class Search.’ Select one or more HASS subjects, and click 'Submit."
    • On the results page, view the ‘Attributes’ column (far right) in the search results (see screenshot below for an example).


HASS Inquiry


The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Russell Sage Laboratory (SAGE) 5304, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 276-6575

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