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This orientation slideshow was created for all current International Trade and Marketing degree students and is identical to the handout you receive when you attend a mandatory orientation session on campus.  

For convenience, we are making this online version available to current ITM students via a private link. You must be logged in to your FIT account to view the orientation. Please be advised that sharing with others is prohibited.

ITM Program Orientation
Voicethread PowerPoint Presentation
Fall 2020


Slide 1 - Introduction

Welcome, ITM traditional classroom and online degree students! The full name of our program is International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries.

Slide 2 – Faculty and Staff

My name is Christine Pomeranz, ITM Chairperson, and I am pleased to be your host for this orientation session.

Your other full-time professors are Professors Sonja Chapman, Guillermo Jimenez, Dr. Shireen Musa, and Patrick Yanez. You will also be meeting an array of industry-connected adjunct faculty as you progress in the program.  Our Department and Industry Project Coordinator is Stacey Sedereas.

Slide 3 - Mission

ITM’s mission is to prepare you for management positions in international trade and global fashion companies.

Slide 4- ITM Facts

In academic year 2021, ITM will be turning twenty-five years old in contrast to FIT, which turned seventy-five in 2020.

The program has an impressive group of international faculty, who together have lived, worked, taught, and/or lectured in six continents.

ITM has an industry-driven curriculum, which is consistently reviewed by its impressive industry advisory board, a list of whom you will see when we discuss ITM’s exciting extra-curricular activities.

There are about 350 ITM majors with about 1,500 graduates from the program.

It is an upper-division program, wherein you are entering/have entered as juniors after having earned an associate degree or completed two years of a four-year college program.

ITM is the first major to hold both face-to-face/traditional classroom and online bachelor degree programs at FIT.

It has a very active student body with clubs like the International Trade Students Association, Ethics and Sustainability Club, Asian Student Network, etc. You are free to join other clubs within FIT as well, checking which ones are of interest to you.

The department has exciting extra-curricular activities, such as the Talking Trade @ FIT guest lecture series, which we will see starting in slide 5.

With respect to the last bullet point in the slide, while the face-to-face students can pursue internships through Career and Internship Services, it may be easier for online degree students to consider either joining the International Trade Practicum or taking an ITM elective course to fulfill that requirement. We will take this up in greater detail when we reach slides 24 on Internships and 26 on International Study Options.

There is ample opportunity for international travel if you opt for a semester abroad program or the international trade practicum. We will discuss this further when we reach slides 24 through 30.

From time to time, we announce special one-off scholarships, such as those for the China Study Abroad program, Professor Melinda Lorenz ITM Scholarship, and Jacqueline Pomeranz ITM Scholarship, if we receive donations from an advisory board member or other donor(s).

Every spring semester, we expect to announce scholarships available to local and international fulltime ITM students, who completed at least one ITM major area course, with funds raised by ITM through Gemini Shippers Association, Ralph Lauren Corporation, New Times Group Limited, and PVH Corporation (formerly Warnaco Group), the parent of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and other brands. We may also offer additional scholarships, such as World Trade Week Future Generation Scholarship, through industry. It would be helpful to do volunteer work that may set you apart from other candidates. For a sample of past recipients, visit the News section of ITM’s website at fitnyc.edu/ITM. We can arrange the interview portion of the selection process via Webex or Google Meeting with prior arrangement.

Slide 5 Talking Trade @ FIT page online

See updated announcement of all Talking Trade @ FIT guest lectures at fitnyc.edu/itm.

All of these lectures are usually accessible online by going to ITM’s website at fitnyc.edu/itm fifteen minutes prior to the start of the program.

Slide 6 Talking Trade @ FIT Flyer Page 2 (from website with arrow)

You will note in page two of ITM’s standard flyers the list of ITM advisory board members currently also found in the ITM website.

Slide 7 Talking Trade @ FIT link in ITM Website

This is ITM's website homepage with an arrow pointing the the location of information on the Talking Trade @ FIT guest lecture series.

Slide 8 ITM Advisory Board link in ITM Website

This is where you can find the link to information on the ITM Advisory Board.

Slide 9 Field Trip

See field trip flyer

Slide 10 Back of Field Trip Flyer

The back of the field trip flyer contains a form letter from me to your teacher or employer if you wish to be excused from class(es) or work to attend the field trip.

Slide 11 Field Trip Site

See field trip Site under Events in the ITM website.

Slide 12 Program Summary

ITM is a two-year bachelor of science degree program with twenty-one courses consisting a total of sixty-three credits.

It includes nine major courses, five of which are required and the other four consisting of electives, as well as twelve liberal arts courses.  To help build one's resume, we encourage one of the major electives to consist of an experiential course like IN492 International Trade Practicum or an internship, although ITM elective courses can be taken as well.

Slide 13 Program Curriculum

ITM is the third largest program within FIT’s Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology.

Its required courses are IN312 International Trade, IN313 International Business Transactions, IN322 Global Marketing, IN323 Import/Export Regulations, and IN433 Global Sourcing.

An experiential course, such as the internship or IN492 International Trade Practicum, may be taken but is not required.

It offers ten electives, IN442 International Finance, IN441 International Business Law, IN443 International Business Strategies and Fashion Law, IN434 International Management, IN342 International Corporate Responsibility, IN423 Global Marketing of Luxury Brands, IN341 International Logistics, IN324 International Marketing Research, IN424 Export Promotion Marketing, and IN320 Compliance Management in International Trade, all of which are offered online consistently or alternately in the summer, fall, winter, and/or spring.

IC497 Senior Internship: Career Planning or IN492 International Trade Practicum or an ITM major elective may fulfill one of the four electives for the major.  While a second credit internship can be taken at the student's discretion, it will not count toward earning the ITM degree.

Slide 14 ITM Program Guide Page 1 (from PDF)

The ITM Program guide lists the courses in detail and suggests the semesters to take them.

You will note that IN312 International Trade in Semester five, your first semester with ITM, is a pre-requisite of IN323 in Semester six, your second semester with ITM, and that latter course, in turn, is a pre-requisite of IN433 in Semester seven, your third semester with ITM.  You can take them in different semesters as long as they are in sequence, i.e. you will have to take one before the other without exception, so plan your course load accordingly.

You will also note the same requirement for the economics courses, i.e. in order to take SS242 Microeconomics in semester six, you will first have to complete SS141 Macroeconomics, even if this course is not required by ITM. Thus, if you had not taken this class during your prior college years, it would be a good idea to register for it now. If the class is fully enrolled, you can still take it in the spring or following semester. In addition, you are required to take a second Economics course elective, one that qualifies for the Economics minor. Most of these elective courses have SS242 Microeconomics as a prerequisite.

Following are the other required liberal arts courses: two math courses, consisting of MA222 Statistical Analysis, which has a Mathematics Proficiency, MA 080 or MA 081, pre-requisite or SAT math score of at least 530 or ACT score of at least 23, and MA300 The Mathematics of Financial Life Management or MA311 Math Modeling, both of which have the same pre-requisite as MA222; one 200- or 300-level English course, and one foreign language course. The other six liberal arts courses are electives which can be taken toward earning one or more minor(s) that could be helpful in adding credentials without taking extra courses for your careers. We will take this up in greater detail in slide 21.

Slide 15 ITM Program Guide Page 2 (from PDF)

See additional pertinent information of page two of the ITM program guide.

Slide 16 ITM Course List with Teachers Page 1 (from website with arrow)

Please see the list of courses, schedules, and teachers being offered by ITM in the fall, winter, spring, and summer semesters under Look-Up Classes to Add under Registration within MyFIT as they are posted.

Slide 17 Where to Look up Classes

This is where you can look up classes in the registration page under MyFIT. 

Slide 18 Academic Calendar on Website (from website with arrow)

See also FIT’s Academic calendar.

Slide 19 Where to Find the Academic Calendar

You can type http://catalog.fitnyc.edu/undergraduate/academiccalendar/ to find it.

Slide 20 Foreign Language and Math Pre-requisites for Online Degree Students

The following information and slide applies to online degree students:

Since FIT currently offers only a few foreign language courses in the online format, your foreign language requirement may be taken face to face at FIT or at an accredited local college near you or through SUNY Empire College.

To earn the credits through your local college, kindly arrange for approval to take them via email to [email protected], indicating the name of the college, its complete address, the course number, course name, and course description.

To earn the credits through SUNY Empire College, kindly contact your Academic Advisement Center counselor at [email protected] or 212-217-3080 or [email protected].  These arrangements may change from time to time.

Note that, if you have taken MA222 and MA300 or MA311, you can have the pre- requisites to these courses waived by our registrar or the Department of Sciences and Math if they still show up in your Dars audit report as not yet having been fulfilled.  We will take this up in greater detail starting in slide 24.

Slide 21 Liberal Arts or Interdisciplinary Minors

When you perused the ITM program guide in slide 14, you may have noticed in the bottom third after the box situated in the middle listing ITM’s major electives, a list of liberal arts minors.

While we are still working with the School of Liberal Arts to convert many of the courses eligible for such minors to online format, an ITM major, whether in the traditional classroom or online cohort, is encouraged, but is NOT required, to earn one or more minor(s) without taking additional courses because the academic advisor would help you select courses that would fulfill both the minor and major requirement at the same time, i.e. it does not lengthen your ITM program. Note that it is imperative to finish the minor by the time you complete your major requirements to ensure that you are still a matriculating student of ITM.

A minor enhances a graduate’s marketability to potential employers, adding another layer of expertise to one’s credentials and helping to differentiate a candidate for a job from a competing applicant.

To earn a minor, a student must have taken fifteen credits of courses recognized in that minor with up to six credits that may be earned outside of FIT. 

For further information and to formally declare a minor, you can contact the Academic Advisement Center at [email protected] or 212-217-3080.

Slide 22 Academic Minors (Liberal Arts and interdisciplinary minors web page)

See website on Academic Minors with a list of courses at http://www.fitnyc.edu/academic-advisement/academic-minors/ or go into fitnyc.edu and search for Academic Minors.

Slide 23 Watch Out For

Watch out for courses with pre-requisites:

Take IN312 during your first semester with ITM, IN323 during your second semester with ITM, and IN433 during your third semester with ITM. Since you must take one course before the next, plan taking your courses accordingly.

If you have not yet taken SS141, take it during your first semester with ITM so that you can take SS242 during your second semester with ITM, and another Economics minor course during your third semester with ITM.

Take IN433 Global Sourcing and neither IN201, which is designed for non-ITM textile students, nor IN331, which is designed for non-ITM fabric styling students. IN433,which is designed for students who aspire to become global sourcing managers, has pre-requisites while the other two courses, which are designed to inform students who work in other areas, do not.

Register on the first day you are able to do so because many programs do not overtally to ensure that the student maximizes his or her learning experience. Online degree students will most probably be given a small window of opportunity to register for online classes first. Take advantage of this opportunity as it may be next to impossible to get you into online classes later on. Also, ensure that you pay tuition and any fees on time as well as address any holds on your account urgently to ensure that you can register or are not de-registered.  Be sure to consult your academic adviser and check any registration hold(s) on your account, then pay tuition on time to ensure your seat in your preferred class.

Check for credits acknowledged in your DARS audit report. If you think you have taken a course before but such class is not yet reflected in your Dars, promptly advise [email protected] and defer taking the course until you are certain that you have not yet taken it. In order to transfer liberal arts courses, you may need to provide the course description to the registrar. If the registrar does not approve the transfer, you may appeal the decision through the chair of the department offering a similar course at FIT.

Slide 24 DARS Audit Reports

Check all courses marked “No ” or has a minus sign before them.

In addition to the ITM requirements, you are to fulfill the SUNY Gen. Ed. Requirements. Kindly ensure you check this out with your adviser.

Ensure that you can fulfill at least sixty credits for FIT residency if you plan to study abroad or take courses other than languages or the Math pre-requisites outside of FIT.

When seeking academic advisement and assistance, clearly indicate your FIT @ number and attach the printer-friendly version of your DARS audit report, when applicable.

Apply for graduation by the deadline during the semester prior and confirm that you have completed the graduation requirements with the Academic Advisement Center and Registrar. You can approach me as well for advice.

Slide 25 How To Obtain DARS Guide from Advisement Center Page 1 (from PDF)

This slide provides guidance on how to obtain a DARS audit report, print it, read it, and reach the Academic Advisement Center.

Slide 26 How To Obtain DARS Guide from Advisement Center Page 2 (from PDF)

See additional information on DARS audit reports.

Slide 27 Internships

If you are interested and somehow successful in arranging a credit internship, this section of our orientation will be of interest to you.

To date, our Career and Internship Services (CIS) has partnered with the Office of International Programs for international internships through Global Experiences.  Also, from time to time, CIS may allow you to take an internship by attending an orientation via Skype, working with a counselor, and arranging the internship yourself through an acceptable foreign entity the semester prior to taking it. This aspect of CIS’ service is currently being reviewed.

You will need to enroll in an internship class in addition to working in a company with an internship sponsor. If you are already working in a company, your work cannot be used to fulfill the internship, i.e. it needs to consist of a new set of tasks in addition to your regular job and you must attend IC497 Senior Internship: Career Planning along with the site or virtual work with the internship sponsor.

Allow for fifteen to twenty hours per week for intern duties.

Make it a professional internship, developing life-long relationships so that your contacts could offer you a permanent position or provide glowing references. Use it to build bridges with industry.

Note that you do not have to take an internship to earn your ITM degree. You can opt to take IN492 International Trade Practicum or an ITM elective instead.

Slide 28 Internship Fields Tablet

See table of internship possibilities by field of expertise and recommended course completion to apply ITM lessons to industry.

Slide 29 ITM Advisement Tracks (from PDF)

The ITM Advisement Tracks sheet groups the jobs held by ITM graduates into four main categories in the middle of the sheet and suggested, not required, electives at the bottom.

The first category in the grey box on the left middle part of the slide is International Business Management, consisting of positions in corporate offices or the team behind a company’s success.  For example, you might say, it is to train the student to be a member of the team behind Nike’s global success.

The second category is International Trade, Sourcing, & Policy Management, consisting of careers in international sourcing or buying, sourcing, international trade policy, logistics, import/export operations, compliance, etc.

The third category is International Marketing Management and the fourth category is International Trade and Fashion Law.

Slide 30 International Study Options

You may take IN492 International Trade Practicum as one of your ITM electives. If you are taking it in addition to the internship, you will need my approval to take the second experiential course. The department usually picks a location two semesters in advance for students to conduct research and make appointments with appropriate parties at the destination country during the semester prior and visit the country to complete the research approximately from 2 January to 22 January.

In the past, the class traveled to Portugal, Costa Rica, Brazil, Panama, Argentina, Turkey, China, India, Vietnam, Peru, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan.

We envision going to The Netherlands for this purpose.

Slide 31 Study Abroad (from website with arrow)

See ITM Practicum section in the ITM website at https://www.fitnyc.edu/itm/practicum/index.php for updates on future destinations.

Slide 32 International Study Abroad (back to Slide 30)

If you are interested in pursuing a semester abroad, you can work with me first for prospecting to match your career goals with the proposed destination, then our Office of International Programs to fill out the forms, then back to me for approval to take your Liberal Arts course elsewhere, remembering that you need to take at least sixty credits with FIT to earn residency. 

While ITM has a program with the American University of Rome and you may arrange your own study abroad with a college in other cities around the world in conjunction with the Office of International Programs and with the approval of the Dean of Liberal Arts and the ITM Chair, we highly recommend that you consider spending your spring semester in Shanghai because Asia is expected to lead the future growth of the global fashion industry.

Slide 33 Shanghai Semester Abroad

Since the semester in Shanghai is offered once a year in the spring semester, you can take it during your second, third, or fourth semester with ITM. The earlier you take it, the better off you will be.

See video of the first group of students who attended the program at http://www.fitnyc.edu/study-abroad/program/semester-abroad/programs-by- university/donghua-university.php.

To retain your full-time status, you should take twelve to fifteen credits or four to five of the following courses:

· International Product Development, which is the equivalent of FM000 to fulfill your major area elective only for students taking the semester in Shanghai,
· Global Merchandising, which is the equivalent of FM424 to fulfill your major elective only available in this program,
· Global Marketing, which is the equivalent of IN322,
· Cross Cultural Studies, which is the equivalent of SS374 Other World
Civilization, &
· Introduction to Chinese, which is the equivalent of Chinese 111 Foreign

The main value of taking your semester in Shanghai vis-à-vis another location lies in the future of the global fashion industry. While China is already the world’s largest luxury market, it is also expected to become the most compelling market in the industry as a whole.

We note that there could be travel advisories from time to time and coordinate with the Office of International Programs on the prudence of travel destinations.

Slide 34 Semester in Shanghai Flyer

See flyer on Semester in Shanghai

Slide 35 B&T Accreditation

The accreditation of the Jay and Batty Baker School of Business and Technology (“the business school”) strengthens the value of the ITM/FIT degree through recognition by a body respected by industry that the business school’s graduates have achieved the program learning outcomes needed to build the competencies essential in thriving and excelling in business careers.

Therefore, in the IN433 Global Sourcing classes, the highest level ITM required course, students will have the opportunity to participate in an assessment that measures business students’ aptitude in general business competencies, such as marketing, business finance, accounting, management, legal, economics, business ethics, global dimension, information technology, quantitative techniques, and integrative experiences/business policy.

This process is fundamental to retaining the business school’s accreditation status.

Slide 36 ITM Program/Student Learning Objectives (PLOs)

In line with the business school’s accreditation, achievement of ITM’s own program learning objectives (PLOs), the transferable skills to be developed to prepare you for your career, is also being assessed every semester as follows:

- Global perspective and critical thinking in your IN313 International Business Transactions class,
- Communication and team management/interpersonal skills in your IN322 Global Marketing class, and
- Professionalism/ethics, decision making, and technology in your IN433 Global Sourcing class.

You will learn more about them and the tools to be used to assess your aptitude in each of these PLOs in the respective classes indicated.

Slide 37 Resources

Feel free to avail of the services of the resources listed in this slide.

Slide 38 Chair’s Office hours

In addition to the office hours posted, feel free to make an appointment to chat with me through Blackboard or email your thoughts to me.

Slide 39 Official FIT Email Address

We will contact you with official announcements and private messages through FIT’s official email address, which is usually formatted according to your first name underscore last name @ fitnyc.edu. You are responsible for checking and acting on these messages.

Slide 40 Our Website and Social Media

Take note of our website address, fitnyc.edu/ITM, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages. We look forward to your active participation electronically.  In the meantime, I bid you all a warm welcome to ITM!!!!! 

If you need access, please see Dept. and Industry Project Coordinator, Stacey Sedereas by email at [email protected].

I wish you all a safe, productive, and gratifying term with ITM.