Information and Resources for Students

I’m taking a Communication Intensive Course. What does this mean?

Communication Intensive Courses (CICs) are designed to help you develop and apply the writing and speaking skills crucial to your success in whatever career path you choose. These courses emphasize at least two of three modes of communication: writing, speaking, and/or computer-mediated communication. Their purpose is to help you become a better writer, a more articulate speaker, and to be more effective in communicating electronically.

What happens in a CIC?

The short answer is that it depends upon the course. Each CIC is supported by one of our Communication Fellows who help your professor integrate communication intensive activities into the curriculum and to help you with your writing or oral communication skills in a variety of ways — whether individually or through group work. However, Communication Fellows do different things in different classes.

Frequently, Fellows run course-specific workshops in a number of disciplines, including Music, English, Business Policy and Anthropology. These workshops are designed to help you develop the communication skills necessary for success in your chosen field of study and for whatever career you choose to pursue after graduation.

For example, for Business Policy 5100, Fellows help students prepare oral presentations by recording and reviewing their rehearsals. By videotaping practice runs and assessing the results with students, Fellows can help BPL 5100 students create dynamic and articulate presentations. In Music 1003, Fellows run workshops designed to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of musical composition. By engaging students in a variety of interactive listening activities, Fellows assist students in their preparation for tests and quizzes.

Am I required to take a certain number of CICs?

Not yet, although some courses all students are required to take, like Great Works of Literature courses, are CICs. Students in the Zicklin School of Business can expect to encounter at least four CICs before they graduate.

I am not enrolled in a CIC but can I come to the Institute and meet with one of your Fellows for help with writing or public speaking?

Currently, our academic support services are available only to students enrolled in CICs and are arranged with the Fellow assigned to the course. We do not yet offer walk-in tutoring services for writing or public speaking but hope to begin piloting a program of walk-in support in upcoming semesters. To download a comprehensive list of oral and written communication support services at Baruch, please click here.

I’m having trouble with Blogs@Baruch and VOCAT. Who can help me?

For help using either of these tools, contact Craig Stone of the Center for Teaching and Learning at