One thing I am most appreciative about during my experience attending FIT is the new places I have been exposed to. Being from Long Island, I’ve been to Manhattan plenty of times before college. However, FIT has introduced me to so many new places that I never thought I would visit, let alone that were located right in New York City.
Recently, I have visited a few new places because of the honors course I am taking this semester: HA 394-History of New York Architecture. Along with learning about the history of New York’s development, the professor takes the class out on walking tours around the city to see some of the historical sites that we have learned about. One place we visited was the Alexander Hamilton Custom House, which houses the National Museum of the American Indian. Ironically, I had previously visited this building because of the honors course I took last semester: HA 395-Studies In American Indian Art and Culture. This museum is located right at Bowling Green and is free admission to the public. While my New York Architecture class taught me about the history of the building, the American Indian Art class taught me about the different artifacts and works located in the museum.
Another place I was introduced to from my NY Architecture course is the Morgan Library & Museum. This museum is located right in midtown on 36th and Madison. Inside is the study and library of J.P. Morgan; the library has three story shelving that looks like something right out of a Disney movie! Inside there are some exhibitions, including letters to and from Alexander Hamilton and part of Morgan’s collection. Without this class I would have never stepped outside of my “Big Apple” comfort zone and explored new places I never knew existed!
What are some places you have been to off your “beaten path?”
Until next time,
Did you know that FIT offers honors courses that can meet liberal arts requirements? Typically, students in the Presidential Scholar Program sign up for these classes, as it is one of the program requirements. However, the honors courses are not limited to just students in the Presidential Scholars Program; any student who maintains a 3.5 GPA can take the honors courses offered at school. These courses can be substituted with a required liberal arts course.
What makes these courses so unique? The honors courses are not necessarily more difficult, but rather stimulating and inventive! Here are some examples of courses available to take:
HA 382 – Beauty: The Human Ideal in Visual Culture-
This unique course explores the theme of beauty throughout different works of art and social sources in various decades. Discover the way that the human body and beauty has shaped power and belief in society.
HA 394 – History of New York Architecture-
Explore New York City’s architecture by visiting different sites around Manhattan. This class allows you to explore outside of the classroom and learn first hand the cultural, social, economic, and political forces that molded The Big Apple’s architecture.
HA 395- Studies In American Indian Art & Culture-
In this art history course, learn about the art work of Native Americans from Alaska to the border of Mexico. In this class, you will dive into the different mediums of American Indian art, such as pottery, paintings, rituals and more. How did the artwork created and the native’s culture change and develop with Western contact? Learn about it all in this honors course!
These are just a few examples of the honors courses available at FIT. More information on courses is available here. Be sure to check it out!