Core Curriculum

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The Core Curriculum is designed to ensure that all Illinois Institute of Technology graduates have a basic understanding of certain essential areas of knowledge. The core curriculum sets minimal requirements. Most degree programs require additional courses in these areas. These additional course requirements are found in the departmental listings. Core curriculum requirements will not be waived. Substitutions may be considered upon written request to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Approval will be granted on an individualized basis and then, only under extraordinary circumstances.

  1. Writing and Communications
    IIT recognizes the importance of critical thinking, writing, and oral communication in all academic pursuits and in professional practice. IIT is committed to a campus-wide program that engages students in the practice of written and oral communication in all disciplines. This program includes the following components:
    1. Students who have not received transfer or AP credit for COM 101 at IIT must take the IIT English Proficiency Examination before starting classes at IIT. Within their first year at university, students who do not pass the IIT English Proficiency Examination must demonstrate basic writing proficiency by passing a composition course at IIT. This requirement applies to all students enrolling for an undergraduate degree.
    2. Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of courses with a significant written and oral communication component, identified with a (C) in this bulletin, with a minimum distribution as follows:
      1. 12 credit hours in major courses.
      2. 12 credit hours in non-major courses.
      3. Full-time students should enroll in two (C)-designated courses, and part-time students should enroll in one (C)-designated course each academic year.
    3. Students must contact the IIT Writing Center when referred by course instructors or academic advisers.
  2. Humanities 200-Level Course
    All students must complete one of the following courses:
    HUM 200Topics in Humanities3
    HUM 202Industrial Culture3
    HUM 204Age of Darwin3
    HUM 206Life Stories3
    HUM 208Digital Culture3
    HUM 200Topics in Humanities3
    or any other HUM 200-level elective3
  3. Human Sciences Module
    All students must complete 18 credit hours subject to the following distribution requirements:
    1. At least two Humanities courses ((H) designation) at the 300-level or above. Students may use foreign language courses at the intermediate and advanced level to fulfill 300-level requirements.
    2. At least three Social or Behavioral Sciences courses. These courses are marked with an (S) in this bulletin. The courses must be distributed as follows:
      1. At least two courses at the 300-level or above.
      2. Courses from at least two different fields.
      3. At least 6 credit hours in a single field.
      4. No course required by and/or applied toward the major or entailed minor requirements of a degree program may also be used to satisfy the Human Sciences Module of the Core Curriculum except where specifically allowed in certain programs.1
  4. STEM Module
    A minimum 16 credit hours is required between Mathematics and Natural Science or Engineering. 
    1. Mathematics:  5-6 credit hours
      The courses must be at the level of MATH 119 or above. BUS 221 and PSYC 203 also satisfy this requirement.
    2. Natural Science or Engineering: 10-11 credit hours
      This component may be satisfied by courses in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, or courses in architecture, food safety and technology, and psychology marked with an (N). These courses must be distributed as follows:
      1. Two sequential natural science or engineering courses in a single field. (CHEM 124 with MS 201 satisfies this requirement.)
      2. At least one natural science or engineering course in a second field.
    3. Computer Science: 2 credit hours
      All students must complete one of the following courses:
      CS 104Introduction to Computer Programming for Engineers2
      CS 105Introduction to Computer Programming2
      CS 110Computing Principles2
      CS 115Object-Oriented Programming I2
      CS 116Object-Oriented Programming II2
      CS 201Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science4
      ARCH 107Design Communications I: Units and Order3
      ITM 311Introduction to Software Development3
      or a computer science course at the 300-level or above3
  5. Collaborative Interdisciplinary and/or Professional Experience
    All students must take 8 credit hours as follows:

    1. Introduction to the Profession: 2 credit hours
      Students must complete this requirement in their first year. Students entering with 30 credit hours or more of transfer credit may have this requirement waived with department approval. If waived, the total credit hours required for the degree still must be satisfied.

    2. Interprofessional Projects (IPRO): 6 credit hours
      Students will participate in at least two Interprofessional Project experiences. These projects develop communication, teamwork, and leadership skills, as well as an awareness of economic, marketing, ethical, and social issues within the framework of a multidisciplinary team project. The project teams will be integrated across academic programs and at different levels within programs. Students who complete an ROTC minor are exempt from one of the two IPRO requirements.


Undergraduate academic degree programs, including minors which may be required by degree programs, may not mandate, specify, or otherwise limit the Human Sciences Module Core Curriculum coursework. Programs may request exceptions from this policy by submitting a curriculum change proposal to the Undergraduate Studies Committee. In establishing exceptions, consideration shall be given to program viability balanced against the integrity of the Core Curriculum.