CI Courses

To join the CI Instructors’ VSpace site, where you will find sample assignments and rubrics by department, please contact Helen Raica-Klotz, Writing Center Director, at or (989) 964-6062.

Purpose and Standards

Successful completion of Composition I (English 111) or its equivalent (obtained through testing, transfer, etc.) will be prerequisite for enrollment in all communication-intensive courses. Communication-intensive (CI) courses will, at minimum:

  • develop abilities in a range of  written and oral modes of academic discourse, with an emphasis on developing the ability to construct coherent, well-documented arguments in the presence of a wide range of perspective and experiences 
  • refine students' abilities to consider audience and to employ rhetorical strategies which communicate appropriately 
  • include critical reading, viewing. and/or listening to several modes of communication with attention to developing skills necessary to identify premises and assumptions in complex arguments made from a range of perspectives 
  • require critical use of outside resources appropriate to the course content, such as library and internet resources 
  • refine students' abilities to incorporate cited materials responsibly and effectively 
  • require attention to both process and product in instruction and evaluation 
  • extend and refine students' editing skills 
  • require that each student complete a minimum of 10 double-spaced pages of formal writing and the equivalent of 10 double-spaced pages of drafts and informal writing (such as posts to email dialogue groups, responses, journals, etc.) divided into multiple assignments which include appropriate feedback 
  • require that each student engage in significant speaking activities (in a variety of forms) which include appropriate feedback

Courses By Category

Category 2: Arts

  • ART 130 - Art and Understanding
  • MUS 117B - Musical Exp: Non-Western Music
  • THEA 128B - Theatre in Performance
  • THEA 137 - Acting and Analysis


Category 3: Numerical Understanding

  • CS 280 - Decision Making With Data
  • PS 225 - Statistics


Category 4: Natural Sciences

  • GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography


Category 5: Historical and Philosophical Ideas

  • HIST 110 - Problems in Modern History
  • PHIL 205A - Professional Ethics: Business
  • PHIL 205B - Professional Ethics: Health Care
  • PHIL 205C - Professional Ethics: Legal Systems


Category 6: Social Sciences

  • GEOG 202 - North Amer Regional Geography
  • PS 118 - Introduction to Political Science


Category 7: Social Institutions

  • CJ 201 - Intro to Criminal Justice
  • LAW 208 - Law & Society


Category 8: International Systems

  • PS 130 - World Politics
  • SOC 280 - Global Cultures