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List of Liberal Arts Minor Courses

Asian Studies
Communication Studies
Dance and Performing Arts
Economics
English
Ethics and Sustainability
Fashion Studies
Film and Media Studies
French
History
History of Art
International Politics
Italian
Japanese
Latin Amer. Studies
Mathematics
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish

Asian Studies This is a group of courses focused on Asia that fulfills FIT Liberal Arts requirements in various bachelor programs. This interdisciplinary minor includes language, literature, philosophy, history of art, politics, history, film, and culture. Students take a minimum of 15 credits (which in Liberal Arts means 5 courses), including two semesters of consecutive Chinese or Japanese language from a selected a list of courses. No extra courses are required.
To sign up contact Jean Amato in B607 or send an email to jean_amato@fitnyc.edu

Language electives: choose Two classes in one language from the following list:

Chinese I & II (CH 111 & 112)

Chinese Conversation I (CH 122)
Chinese III & IV (CH 213 & 214)
Japanese I, II, III & IV (JA 111, 112, 213 & 214)

Japanese Conversation I & II (JA122 & 223)

 

Liberal Arts electives: choose Three classes from the following list:
EN 257 Major Movements in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Film
EN 273 Literature of India
EN 371 Chinese Odyssey: Introduction to Chinese Literature
EN 381 Regional Selections in Asian Literature (Honors)
EN 382 Contemporary Chinese Cinema (Honors)
HA 221 East Asian Art & Civilization
HA 225 Art and Civilization of India
HA 226 Art and Civilization of the Islamic World
HA 229 Korean Art and Civilization
HA 271 Japanese Art and Civilization
FI 342 Contemporary Korean Cinema
PL 143 Introduction to Asian Philosophy
SS 277 Cultural Expressions of Non-Western Dress & Fashion
SS 356 Asia in Motion: National, International and Transnational Relations
SS 374 Cross-cultural Studies
SS 378 Asian Global Popular Culture
SS 393 Politics in the Middle East (Honors)

 

Communication Studies The Communication Studies minor aims to help students realize how communication constructs the social world in which they live and connects them to it.  Communication is a tool to build, maintain, and navigate relationships with individuals, institutions, and society.  Through study of different types and contexts of communications, students recognize the vital role communication plays in the negotiation of everyday life, understand the underlying theories and principles, and build the skills to put them into practice.

EN 141 Fundamentals of Communication
EN 241 Professional Speech Communication
EN 242 Public Speaking
EN 243 Voice and Articulation: Theory and Practice
EN 244 Speech Dynamics in Group Communication
EN 245 Intercultural Communication
EN 274 Voices of Civil Rights in American History
EN 342 Argumentation and Persuasion
EN 372 Rhetoric in Popular Culture

Dance and Performing Arts  The Dance and Performing Arts minor is a 15-credit program tht includes courses in the practice, theory, and critical analysis of dance and theater.  The minor will expose students to a wide array of diverse dance forms while providing a core curriculum in the study of performing arts.

Choose Two courses from the following list (total 6 credits):
EN 251 Theater Arts
PE 215 Dance in New York
PE 216 Ballet and Modern Dance: Past and Present
PE 217 Popular Urban Dance: Past and Present

Choose Three-Six courses from the following list (3-6 credits):
PE 111 Modern Dance
PE 113 Jazz Dance
PE 114 Ballet I
PE 116 Afro-Caribbean Dance
PE 117 Creating Dance: An Intro to Movement
PE 118 Flamenco Dance
PE 119 Dances of the Middle East and India
PE 181 Contemporary Urban Dance
PE 214 Ballet II

Choose one or two courses (3-6 credits):

EN 258 Intro to Performance Studies
LA 223 Survey of Latin American Music
LA 321 Survey of American Music
LA 395 Masterpieces of Music in the European Classical Tradition (1500 to Present) Honors

Economics The Economics minor enables students to acquire a useful understanding of economic concepts and analyses and improves students’ analytical skills. The minor complements our degree program in Business and Technology and provide graduates with a competitive edge in the job market. The Economics minor reflect students’ analytical abilities as well as their commitment to a challenging academic program.

Required:
SS 141 Macroeconomics
SS 242 Microeconomics

Choose Three of the following courses:
SS 243 History of Economics
SS 244 Fashion Economics
SS 343 Labor Economics
SS 345 Fundamentals of Finance for Fashion Industries
SS 391 Economics Ideas Past and Present (Honors)
SS 394 Global Financial Markets (Honors)
SS 442 Environmental Economics and Policy
SS 443 International Economics
SS 445 Money and Banking
SS 446 Economies of Latin America

English

EN 030 English Literature (transfer credit)
EN 231 Short Fiction
EN 232 Perspectives on American Literature
EN 233 Poetry
EN 234 Gay and Lesbian Literature
EN 235 African-American Literature
EN 236 Major Writers of the Western World
EN 238 Comedy
EN 251 Theater Arts
EN 253 Dramatic Literature
EN 257 Major Movements in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Film
EN 258 Intro to Performance Studies
EN 271 Literature and History: The Development of American Culture to 1865
EN 272 Identity in America: History and Literature, 1865 to Present
EN 273 Literature of India
EN 275 Literature of the Sixties
EN 278 Science Fiction
EN 321 Business Writing
EN 322 Professional Writing in Art & Design
EN 323 Specialized Writing & Thesis Preparation
EN 331 Introduction to Shakespeare
EN 333 Modern Literature: The Spirit of the 20th Century
EN 334 The Novel
EN 335 Working Women in the United States: 1865 to Present
EN 336 From Gothic to Horror: Literature of Fear
EN 361 Creative Writing
EN 362 Creative Nonfiction
EN 363 Fiction Writing
EN 364 Poetry Writing
EN 365 Research Writing
EN 371 Chinese Odyssey: Introduction to Chinese Literature
EN 373 The Graphic Novel
EN 381 Asian Fiction: Regional Selections (Honors)
EN 391 Creative Imagination: Theory and Process (Honors)
EN 392 Greek Myths and Their Transformations (Honors)
EN 393 Shakespeare (Honors)
EN 394 American Lives (Honors)
EN 395 Travel Literature and the Travel Essay (Honors)
EN 396 Shakespeare’s Plays (Honors)
EN 397 Women in U.S. Theater (Honors)
EN 399 The Craft of Writing Poetry (Honors)
EN 499 Independent Study in English
FI 221 History of Film I: Beginnings to 1959
FI 222 History of Film II: 1960 to the Present
FI 256 Screenwriting I
FI 341 French Cinema
FI 356 Screenwriting II
FI 371 Film Art, Film Critic (Honors)

Ethics and Sustainability
The Minor in Ethics and Sustainability at FIT draws on the expertise and critical thinking of faculty across the campus in all three schools. Minoring in this interdisciplinary field of study will provide graduates with the knowledge and tools that will allow them to understand the concepts and depth of topics in and related to ethics and sustainability and associated philosophical, social, economic and environmental impacts. Minoring in Ethics and Sustainability will help students build a content knowledge base that will support future understanding and critical assessment of local and global environmental, economic and social responsibility and the impacts of actions. The Minor is designed to facilitate graduates’ understanding of the interrelatedness of topics, information and applications related to ethics and sustainability.

Required:
SC 253 Ecology and Environmental Problems
PL 431 Philosophy: Ethics

Choice of Courses with Accumulation of a Minimum of 9 Credits
Business & Technology
FM 326 Sustainability in Fashion Merchandising
FM 363 Corporate Social Responsibility
IN 342 International Corporate Responsibility
TT 247 Color Creation and Sustainable Application
Art & Design
ID 421 Historic Preservation
ID 422 Historic Preservation II
ID 472 Ecology and the Built Environment
PK 352 Foundation in Sustainable Packaging Design
PK 353 Systems Thinking in Sustainable Packaging Design
PK 431 Sustainable Packaging Design
Liberal Arts

EN 274 Voices of the Civil Rights 
HA 462 Art and Ethics
HI 398 Rebellion and Resistance in America (formally LA 398)
SS 395 International Conflict in the 21st  Century
SS 442 Environmental Economics and Policy

Fashion Studies  An interdisciplinary minor from the departments of History of Art and Social Sciences, FASHION STUDIES is history, theory and culture. Courses explore the meaning of fashion and its function in society.

Required:
HA 344 History of Western Costume
SS 376 Clothing and Society

Three:
HA 215 History of Menswear
HA 342 History of Textile Design
HA 346 20th Century Fashion and Art
HA 347 Costume and Fashion in Film
SS 244 Fashion Economics
SS 277 Cultural Expressions of Non-Western Dress and Fashion
SS 334 The Psychology of Color
SS 386 Youth Subcultures, Identity and Fashion: A Sociological Perspective

Film and Media Studies  Do you like to watch movies and discuss them afterwards? Students who minor in Film at FIT learn about the history of the film industry and the achievements of film as the most popular art form of the modern era! We analyze films and appreciate the work of some of the world’s greatest directors. We experience movies from around the world, from silent films to the most recent releases, from documentaries to masterpieces of animation. In addition to a love of film, students learn to appreciate its value as a window on society, revealing the zeitgeist of a period, the obsessions and interests of people at a particular place and time. Film study is valuable for all majors; it is an important part of the intellectual life of people in both the arts and business.  

Required:
Choose one of the following courses:
FI 111 Introduction to Film
FI 371 Film Art, Film Critic (Honors)

Choose Four Courses from the following:
EN 257 Major Movements in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Film
EN 381 Chinese Cinema
EN 382 Contemporary Chinese Cinema (Honors)
FI 221 History of Film I: Beginnings to 1959
FI 222 History of Film II: 1960 to the present
FI 231 Documentary Film
FI 256 Screenwriting I
FI 271 Fans and Fandom in the Internet Age
FI 272 Intro to Television Studies
FI 273 Film in New York
FI 321 Film Theory and Criticism
FI 322 Major Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
FI 323 Sexuality in Cinema
FI 331 Film Genres: Crime Stories
FI 332 Film Genres: Science Fiction
FI 333 Film Genres: Animation
FI 334 Film Genres: Films on the Supernatural
FI 341 French Cinema
FI 342 Contemporary Korean Cinema
FI 356 Screenwriting II
FI 371 Film Art, Film Critic
HA 217 History of Avant-Garde Film
HA 251 Film Genres: Horror
HA 252 History of Russian and Soviet Film
HA 315 Ethnographic Film
HA 347 Costume and Fashion in Film
IT   251 Italian Cinema
LA 242 Hollywood: A History

French  Nothing looks better on your résumé than a minor in a foreign language: French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. It gives you the competitive edge you will need in the international market. It tells your future employer that you have taken that extra step in learning to communicate with other cultures.

FR 111 French I
FR 112 French II
FR 213 French III
FR 214 French IV
FR 122 French Conversation I
FR 223 French Conversation II
FR 132 French in Paris
FR 315 Intro to French Literature

History  From art and design to business and technology, history is a vast,  shared cultural resource upon which all creative people draw.  History is also the critical analysis of cause and effect over item, and it asks big questions, the kinds of questions all college students should get a chance to ponder. How did we invent capitalism, and how does it work?  Why do we live in a democracy, and what are its limits?  Have we always been so obsessed with our race, gender and sexuality?  As the powerful impose their will on the world, how have those with little power learned to win more?  Historians use the past to study how people change the way the world works.  Study history, and you'll start seeing ways that you can change the world too.

EN 271 Literature and History: The Development of American Culture to 1865
EN 272 Identity in America: History and Literature, 1865 to Present
EN 274 Voices of Civil Rights in American History
EN 335 Working Women in the United States: 1865 to Present
HA 314 History of American Art
LA 020 History
LA 221 U.S. History: Civil War to the Present
LA 224 Distant Neighbors: A History of Latin America and the United States
LA 225 Leisure in America
LA 226 American Business from Slavery to Present
LA 242 Hollywood: A History
LA 392 United States History and Culture: 1860 to Present (Honors)
LA 396 Religion and Religious Dissent in American History (Honors)
LA 397 New York City and the Invention of America (Honors)
LA 398 Resistance and  Rebellion in America(Honors)
LA 399 Big Ideas in History: Smith, Darwin, Marx Freud (Honors)

History of Art  This minor introduces students to the history of art, architecture, and visual culture of world civilization from pre-history to the present. Courses emphasize the interrelation between art and the cultures that produced it, with special attention to social, economic, political, religious, and philosophical contexts.

HA 111 History of Western Art and Civilization: Ancient Prehistory Through the Middle Ages
HA 112 History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to Modern Era
HA 121 Cities and Civilizations: The Eastern Mediterranean World, c. 3000 BCE-1000 CE
HA 212 Renaissance Art
HA 213 Rome: A Cultural History in Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture
HA 214 Art in New York
HA 215 History of Menswear
HA 216 American Indian Art and Civilization
HA 217 History of Avant Garde Film
HA 218 Art and Myth in the Classical World
HA 221 East Asian Art and Civilization
HA 223 African Art and Civilization
HA 224 Pre-Columbian Art and Civilization
HA 225 Art and Civilization of India
HA 226 Art and Civilization of the Islamic World
HA 227 Archaeological Excavation in Israel
HA 228 Oceanic Art and Civilization
HA 229 Korean Art and Civilization
HA 231 Modern Art
HA 232 Dada and Surrealism
HA 234 Warhol and Pop (prereq HA112)
HA 251 Film Genres: Horror
HA 252 History of Russian and Soviet Film
HA 271 Japanese Art and Civilization
HA 311 Medieval Art
HA 314 History of American Art
HA 315 Ethnographic Film
HA 331 Contemporary Art and Architecture: 1945 to the Present
HA 332 Modern Architecture
HA 333 Contemporary Photography and New Media
HA 342 History of Textile Design
HA 343 History of Photography
HA 344 History of Western Costume
HA 345 History of Industrial Design
HA 346 20th-Century Fashion and Art
HA 347 Costume and Fashion in Film
HA 348 History of the Modern Printed Image
HA 381 The Word and the Page: A History of Writing and Books (Honors)
HA 391 The Bauhaus (Honors)
HA 392 The Art of Venice: Titian to Tiepolo (Honors)
HA 393 Art and Myth in the Classical World (Honors)
HA 394 History of New York Architecture (Honors)
HA 395 Studies in American Indian Art and Culture (Honors)
HA 397 Studies in Maya Art and Culture (Honors)
HA 398 Architecture and Faith: Ancient and Islamic Cities (Honors)
HA 411 Western Theories of Art

International Politics  A minor in International Politics will deepen and expand a student’s knowledge of the discipline. In these courses, students will develop a greater understanding of world politics by examining current and historical events and issues in the field. Students will learn how international actors — states, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations — interact with each other, and/or create institutions for cooperation in order to maximize power and/or realize their ideals. The minor provides students with major theoretical approaches to critically analyze the development of the global polity, a knowledge base well-suited to business and technology majors.

One or Two:
SS 151 Introduction to World Affairs
SS 251 American Government and Politics

Three or Four:
 
SS 352 Contemporary Western Europe
SS 353 Latin America Today
SS 354 Comparative Political Systems
SS 355 Contemporary African Politics
SS 356 Asia in Motion
SS 393 Politics in the Middle East (Honors)
SS 395 International Conflict in the 21st Century (Honors)

Italian  Nothing looks better on your résumé than a minor in a foreign language: French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. It gives you the competitive edge you will need in the international market. It tells your future employer that you have taken that extra step in learning to communicate with other cultures.

IT 111 Italian I
IT 112 Italian II
IT 213 Italian III
IT 214 Italian IV
IT 122 Italian Conversation I
IT 223 Italian Conversation II
IT 251 Italian Cinema (with special permission)
IT 132 Italian in Florence
IT 311 Italian for Business
IT 341 Introduction to Italian Literature
IT 342 Women Writers of the Italian
IT 345 Italian Food for Thought: Gastronomy in Italian Literature and Culture

Japanese  Nothing looks better on your résumé than a minor in a foreign language: French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. It gives you the competitive edge you will need in the international market. It tells your future employer that you have taken that extra step in learning to communicate with other cultures.

JA 111 Japanese I
JA 112 Japanese II
JA 213 Japanese III
JA 214 Japanese IV
JA 122 Japanese Conversation I
JA 223 Japanese Conversation II  

Latin American Studies The Latin American Studies Minor is a group of courses focused on Latin America that fulfills FIT Liberal Arts requirements in various bachelor programs. This interdisciplinary minor includes language, literature, philosophy, history of art, politics, history, music, and culture. Students take a minimum of 15 credits (which in Liberal Arts means 5 courses), including two semesters of Spanish language from a selected a list of courses. No extra courses are required.

To sign up contact Jean Amato in B607 or send an email to jean_amato@fitnyc.edu

Language electives: choose Two consecutive classes from the following list:

Spanish I, II, II & IV (SP 111, 112, 213 & 214)

Spanish Conversation I & II (SP 122 & 123)

Spanish for Spanish Speakers I & II (SP 141 & 142)

Spanish for Business (SP 311)

Spanish in Santiago de Compostela (SP 132)
From Modern to Contemporary Latin American Women Writers (SP 351)


Liberal Arts electives: choose Three classes from the following list:

HA 224 Pre-Columbian American Art and Civilization

HA 397 Studies in Maya Art in Culture (Honors)
LA 223 Survey of Latin American Music
LA 224 Distant Neighbors: A History of Latin America and the United States
SP 251 Latin American Fiction: 1960 to Present
SS 278 Latinos in the United States: A Sociological Perspective
SS 353 Latin America Today
SS 374 Cross-cultural Studies
SS 446 Economies of Latin America

 

Mathematics  A minor in mathematics will help you become a better problem solver.  Whatever your major, learning mathematics will enhance your skill set and make you more attractive to employers.  Analytical skills are valued in the work place now more than ever.  A mathematics minor makes sense.

Required:
MA 331 Calculus I
MA 332 Calculus II

Choose Three Courses
:
MA 142 Geometry and Art of Design
MA 213 Quantitative Methods
MA 222 Statistical Analysis
MA 311 Math Modeling for Business Applications
MA 321 Data Analysis for Business Applications
MA 392 Mathematics of Personal Finance (Honors)
MA 361 Number Theory  

*MA 213 and MA 311 cannot both be used to complete the total of 15 credits needed.

Psychology Psychology is a rich discipline that appeals to a wide range of interests.  Psychology minors can study perception, the brain's influence on behavior, the psychology of color,development from infancy through old age, personality, mental disorders, behavior in the workplace, and how to conduct research in these areas. 

Required:
SS 131 General Psychology

One or Two:

SS 231 Personality
SS 232 Developmental Psychology
SS 237 Industrial Psychology

Two or Three:
 
SS 334 Psychology of Color
SS 335 Abnormal Psychology
SS 385 Social Psychology
SS 392 Psychopathology and Modern Life (Honors)
SS 396 Experimental Social Psychology (Honors)

Sociology The objective of a sociology minor is to explore and expand student knowledge of the discipline of sociology. Students will develop a greater understanding of various social and cultural issues around the world by examining historical and contemporary events, topics and issues in the field theoretically as well as empirically. In the variety of courses that they take, students will learn to analyze different societies and cultures from micro and macro levels and will also understand how these two intersect.

Required:
SS 171 Introductory Sociology

Choose Three Courses:

SS 272 Sex Roles, Marriage and Family
SS 277 Cultural Expressions of Non-Western Dress/Fashion
SS 278 Latinos in the United States
SS 374 Cross-Cultural Studies
SS 376 Clothing and Society
SS 378 Asian Global Popular Culture
SS 386 Youth Subcultures, Identity, and Fashion: A Sociological Perspective
SS 499 Independent Study in Social Sciences

Spanish  Nothing looks better on your résumé than a minor in a foreign language: French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. It gives you the competitive edge you will need in the international market. It tells your future employer that you have taken that extra step in learning to communicate with other cultures.

SP 111 Spanish I
SP 112 Spanish II
SP 213 Spanish III
SP 214 Spanish IV
SP 122 Spanish Conversation I
SP 223 Spanish Conversation II
SP 251 Latin American Fiction: 1960-Present
SP 132 Spanish in Santiago
SP 311 Spanish for Business
SP 351 From Modern to Contemporary Latin American Women Writers

 

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