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!
As Fall registration approaches this midterm season, things can get a bit hectic. Whether you’re cramming for multiple exams in one day or you’re just not getting enough sleep, I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. It’s a stressful time. With that being said, it is important to stay organized and set yourself up for success the following semester. Here is my advice to prep for registration:
CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION ASSIGNMENT TIME: The first step in preparing is knowing when you are available to begin! After successfully logging on to MyFIT, under Online Information System, select Registration to see your status. See step-by-step instructions here.
REVIEW YOUR DARS + SEE ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT:
Run your degree audit (DARS) to see what classes you need to take the following semester and make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center to meet 1-on-1 with an advisor, located in the Feldman Center, room C402. Click here to make an appointment with an academic advisor.
SEARCH FOR CLASSES:
Make a mock schedule and go to Class Search from MyFIT for the most up-to-date offerings and important course information. Clicking on a course title in Class Search will pop up useful information like schedules, restrictions, prerequisites, co-requisites, and other details.
Good luck with the rest of midterms and the kick-off to Fall registration!
So a couple months ago, I decided to take the plunge and apply for the honors program here at FIT. I always had good grades, but I was really scared of applying for any extra activities at FIT, because I had already so much work on my hands with school work, that I didn’t want it to affect my grades. Once I got accepted and started talking to people in the program all these fears I made up in my head vanished. I actually found out how much more I can benefit from it!
No extra work If you were like me and afraid it would take up more of your time, don’t worry! Except for homework and tests, you only have to meet once a month every Wednesday evening and go to a few events throughout the semester (which if you think about it is nothing).
2. Priority registration! Were you always able to get into the classes you wanted to? The perks of being in the honors program, is that you are never going to have to worry about classes being full, or not getting into the class you wanted.
3. Liberal art courses can be substituted with your honors courses Another reason why it’s no extra work, is because you get to substitute an honors course with one of your required Liberal Arts courses.
4. Amazing teachers According to a friend of mine who was in the honors program for two years, those were some of the best and most qualified teachers she’s ever had. The teachers really love what they teach and make the classes super interesting to follow.
5. You get a 500$ discount Every year you get a 500$ stipend, which gets deducted from your tuition bill.
6. Guaranteed housing If you are accepted you get guaranteed access housing to the FIT residence halls.
Hope this was helpful for any of you who were still considering applying for the presidential scholars program.
As the middle of the school year approaches, those who are thinking about applying to FIT should really consider taking courses that are transferable to reduce costs and time! As an avid AP student in high school, I was determined to pass my Advanced Placement tests.
Hard work now… pays off in the future!
During my academic advisement before registration for next semester, I was told that I will be able to graduate with a BS in Advertising and Marketing Communications due to the surplus of transfer credits I had from passing so many AP tests! (not to sound like a snob, it’s hard work!) If you are in highschool, I sugguest taking as many AP courses that FIT accepts in order to save you money and time! This goes out to all transfer students as well! Utilizing transfer credits will really make a difference and have motivated myself to push harder until the end that is near!
Find out more information on transfer credits at FIT here!
Being a first year college student, every single day is a learning experience. There are many things here at FIT that I’m trying to figure out or have yet to figure out. However, I think I’m pretty good at understanding how the registration game works. If you are an incoming freshman, you will register for your first semester classes the summer leading up to your first semester. For the second semester, you register in early November. Sounds simple? Maybe not.
YOU GOT IN! CONGRATULATIONS! When you applied, you already chose your major. With that being said, you can now look at classes that you are required to take. By all means, you are more than welcome to take classes that aren’t required for your major, I won’t stop you….and neither will your computer when you go to register. (I’ll get to that later.)
Depending on what major you are, go to http://www.fitnyc.edu/1706.asp and click on your major. From there, click on “Curriculum” located on the left hand side of your screen typically under “Related Links.” From there, you click on your year/type of degree program (Ex: 2-year Associate Program for Advertising and Marketing Communications Fall 2013). The website will give you an outline of your next 1-2 years at FIT, broken up by semester.
Check to see what classes are required for your major! You can do this by scrolling down on the course outline that I discussed above to view your major specific SUNY general education requirements. Do your research and see what courses are allowed and not allowed to be taken as a student of a certain major.
Map everything out. Make a mock schedule. You can view what courses are being offered by going to your myFIT account – Student Tab – Registration – Look up classes to add. *Note, not all classes are offered every semester, so plan accordingly. Look at previous years to see what classes were offered for each given semester.
It’s time to register! When you applied, you received a myFIT login user and password. ALWAYS check this account/email to stay updated. Sometimes, FIT isn’t so great at advanced reminders. So that this blog post doesn’t get excessively long, this link explains how to physically sign up for your classes online. http://www.fitnyc.edu/3566.asp
May the odds be ever in your favor. (It’s not that scary 🙂 )