Communicating Ideas in Context (CIC) | Curriculum & Teaching Committee

Communicating Ideas in Context (CIC)

In addition to developing the core competencies of UNCG’s Minerva’s Academic Curriculum (MAC) and the specialized knowledge within their field, College of Arts and Sciences majors will also complete the College of Arts and Sciences’ Communicating Ideas in Context (CIC) curriculum.  Answering the important questions of our time and solving the serious problems that we face will require the cooperation and the collaboration of a diverse group of committed, thoughtful, and knowledgeable people. Such cooperation and collaboration are built on excellent communication skills.

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Communicating Ideas in Context (CIC) curriculum is designed to strengthen your communication skills by developing:

  • your skill as a writer so that you can communicate effectively;
  • your understanding of how and why different types of academic disciplines make sense of our world and the people within it, so that you can work successfully with diverse teams who approach tasks with different assumptions, perspectives, and values;
  • and your ability to communicate multilingually, so that you can be an active, contributing partner in our global community.

CIC Requirements:

  1. Complete 2 courses with a College Writing (CW) attribute.
  2. Complete 12 additional credits distributed across three categories:
    • CIC Humanities (6 credits)
    • CIC Natural and Data Sciences (3 credits)
    • CIC Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
  1. Demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in an additional language.

1. CIC College Writing Requirement                                                                              

In addition to the MAC Written Communication competency, students in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 2 courses at the 200 level or above carrying the College Writing (CW) attribute. At least 1 of these courses must be in the student’s major.

Courses with a College Writing attribute can also be used to fulfill requirements for the student’s majors and/or minors and the CIC Breadth of Knowledge requirement.

Students who transfer 60 or more credits to UNCG are exempt from the CIC College Writing Requirement.

2. CIC Breadth of Knowledge Requirement

In addition to the MAC, students must complete 12 additional credits distributed across three categories:

  • CIC Humanities: 6 credits
  • CIC Natural and Data Sciences: 3 credits
  • CIC Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

The categories of courses are defined by the following course prefixes:

  • CIC Humanities: [ADS, ASL, BLS, CCI, CHI, ENG, FRE, GER, HIS, IAR, JNS, LLC, MST, PHI, REL, RUS, SPA, WGS]
  • CIC Natural and Data Sciences: [AST, BIO, CHE, CSC, GES, MAT, PHY, STA]
  • CIC Social and Behavioral Sciences: [ATY, CST, IGS, PSC, PSY, SOC, SSC]

The 12 credits can be at any undergraduate level (100-400).

Three of the 12 Breadth of Knowledge credits may also be used to fulfill requirements for the student’s primary major (i.e., the 3 credits can be used to fulfill both a major requirement and a Breadth of Knowledge requirement).

Credits used to fulfill the College Writing requirement may also be used to fulfill the Breadth of Knowledge requirement.

However, credits used to fulfill the Additional-Language Requirement cannot be used to fulfill the Breadth of Knowledge requirement.

Students who transfer 60 or more credits to UNCG are exempt from the CIC Breadth of Knowledge Requirement.

3. CIC Additional Language Proficiency Requirement

Students are required to demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in an additional language. The typical sequence of UNCG courses for language is 101, 102, 203, and 204. The College of Arts and Sciences considers successful completion of the 204 course a demonstration of proficiency.

Students who transfer 60 or more credits to UNCG can satisfy this requirement by successfully completing a 102 course. Students who transfer 90 or more credits to UNCG are exempt from this requirement.

College Writing (CW) Attribute

Waivers, Alternatives, and Modifications (WAM)

Departments/Programs can request a WAM to all or part of the College’s Communication in Context (CIC) curriculum.  They can propose and justify a WAM on any grounds they deem appropriate, although the assumption is that the CIC will apply to all College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) majors in most programs.  Among the reasons that a Department/Program might seek a WAM are for:

  1. High Hour Majors: if the number of credit hours required in a CAS major meets or exceeds 70 credit hours, graduating within 120 credit hours would require expert “double or even triple-dipping” courses to meet Minerva’s Academic Curriculum, CIC, and major requirements.
  2. Specific Student Type: If a Department/Program makes a compelling case that all (or part) of CIC poses a significant barrier for its majors based on student profile and/or the difficulty of sufficient course delivery.

WAM requests should be sent to Associate Dean Chuck Bolton.  The requests will be considered by a subcommittee of the CAS C & T Committee, which will make a recommendation to the Dean, who will make a final decision on whether to approve the request.