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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 Online Degree Program
Academic Year Spring and Fall 2018

View the Fall 2018 Orientation Slides (.pdf)

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, Shireen Musa, and Patrick Yanez. You will also be meeting a host 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 2019, ITM is turning twenty-three years old in contrast to FIT, which is turning seventy-five.

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 300 ITM majors with over 1,800 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 in terms of contributing to the achievement of the club’s mission face to face or online.

The department has exciting extra-curricular activities, such as the Talking Trade @ FIT guest lecture series.

Slide 5 Talking Trade @ FIT page online (from website with arrow)

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

All of these lectures are accessible online by going to ITM’s website at fitnyc.edu/itm or Blackboard Collaborate for closed/private sessions 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 - Back to Slide 4 on ITM Facts

Referring 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 20 on Internships and 22 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 22 through 26.

From time to time, we announce special one-off scholarships, such as those for the China Study Abroad program, 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 from 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, Izod, Arrow, Van Heusen, Speedo, Warner's, and Olga. 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 Skype with prior arrangement.

Slide 8 – Program Summary

ITM is a two-year bachelor degree program with twenty-one courses consisting a total of sixty-two to 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 9 – ITM Program Detail

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, IN320 Compliance Management in International Trade, 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, and IN424 Export Promotion Marketing, all of which are offered online consistently or alternately in the summer, fall, winter, and/or spring.

IC491 Senior Internship or IC492 International Trade Practicum or an ITM major elective may fulfill one of the five electives for the major.

Slide 10 – ITM Program Guide Page 1 (from PDF)

In detail, the ITM Program guide lists the courses 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 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 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 an Arithmetic pre-requisite or SAT math score of at least 520, and MA311 Math Modeling, which has an Algebra pre- requisite or SAT math score of at least 560; 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 a minor(s) that could be helpful in giving you credentials for your careers. We will take this up in greater detail in slide 15.

Slide 11 – ITM Program Guide Page 2 (from PDF)

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

Slide 12 – Foreign Language and Math Pre-requisites

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 through our registrar, Sally_White@fitnyc.edu, indicating the name of the school, its complete address, the course number, course name, and course description.

To earn the credits through SUNY Empire College, kindly select the courses at https://empire2.esc.edu/cdladmin/cdlcat.nsf/cul?OpenView, fill out two enrollment forms at http://www.albany.edu/registrar/registrar_assets/SUNY_CROSS_REG_FORM_A ND_INSTRUCTIONS_3-26-13.pdf and https://empire5.esc.edu/esconline/across_esc/nmapply.nsf/landing?OpenForm , and submit it to the registrar. If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Dean Tardis Johnson of the Advisement Center at Tardis_Johnson@fitnyc.edu or any of his team members with whom you have dealt before.

Likewise, Mathematics Proficiency is a prerequisite for all mathematics and science classes.  Based on placement, a student who shows need for improvement in mathematics may be required to enroll in MA 080 or MA 081  before registering for classes that have Mathematics Proficiency as prerequisite.  Mathematics Proficiency may be demonstrated by a qualifying score on the mathematics portion of the SAT or ACT or by placement exam for students that do not have SAT or ACT scores. The Mathematics Proficiency may also be satisfied by transfer of an appropriate credit-bearing mathematics course or by a passing grade in an equivalent developmental mathematics course offered at another accredited college or university. for MA311 Math Modeling for Business, you may use the same option as the ones available for foreign languages. For additional information, please contact the Academic Advisement Center at advisementcenter@fitnyc.edu or 212-217-3080.

Note that, if you have taken either MA222 or MA311, you can have the pre- requisites waived by our registrar or the Department of Sciences and Math if they still show up as not yet having been fulfilled.

Slide 13 – 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 14 – Academic Calendar on Website (from website with arrow)

See also FIT’s Academic calendar at

Slide 15 – Liberal Arts Minors

When you perused the ITM program guide in slide 9, 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, can, but is NOT required to, generally earn either minor without taking additional courses because the academic advisor would help you to 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 the Asian Studies and Latin American Studies minors, six credits must be in a single language, either two Chinese or two Japanese in the case of Asian Studies minor and two Spanish in the case of Latin American Studies minor, six additional credits should be in non-language courses, and the last three credits can either be a language or non-language course.

For example, if you elect to earn an Asian Studies minor, which would help to showcase your geographical expertise in Asia, you could earn it by taking six credits of Chinese language, SS356 Asia in Motion, PL143 Asian Philosophy, and SS374 Cross Cultural Studies.

For further information and to formally declare a minor, you can contact the Academic Advisement Center at advisementcenter@fitnyc.edu or 212-217-3080.

Slide 16 – Liberal Arts Minors (Liberal Arts minors web page)

See website on Liberal Arts Minors with a list of courses at http://www.fitnyc.edu/liberal-arts/minors/.

Slide 17 – 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.

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 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.

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 discuss it with our registrar, Sally_White@fitnyc.edu, 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 18 – 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 19 – 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 20 – How To Obtain DARS Guide from Advisement Center Page 2 (from PDF)

See additional information on DARS audit reports.

Slide 21 – 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 not been able to structure international internships. However, 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.

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 22 – 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 is International Business Management, consisting of positions in corporate offices or the team behind a company’s success. You might say, it is to train the student to be a member of the team behind, for example, Ralph Lauren’s global success.

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

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

Slide 23 – 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, and Sweden.

In Winter 2017, the class expects to travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Slide 24 – Study Abroad (from website with arrow)

There are plans to hold the next one in Sweden and Denmark. See ITM Practicum section in the ITM website at http://www.fitnyc.edu/itm/practicum/index.php for updates on future destinations.

Slide 25 (back to slide 23) – International Study Options

If you are interested in pursuing a semester abroad, you can work with our Office of International Programs and myself 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.

Slide 26 – 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/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.

Slide 27 – Shanghai flyer (from PDF)

We have included a flyer for the Semester in Shanghai in this presentation for your added benefit.

Slide 28 – B&T Accreditation

The accreditation of the Jay and Batty Baker School of Business and Technology (“the business school”) 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 take a test 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 29 – ITM Program 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 30 – Resources

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

Slide 31 – 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 32 – 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 33 – Our Website and Social Media

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

If you need access, please email: stacey_sedereas@fitnyc.edu