Courses of Interest

This is a sample of coursework available to FIT students in a variety of majors. 

Undergraduate Courses at FIT

IN342 International Corporate Responsibility
Students study the sustainability movement, and how ethical, social, and environmental issues are being addressed by multinational corporations. Through the review of current case studies, the course examines the role of fashion businesses in creating socially responsible and eco-friendly global supply chains and their effect in international trade policies. 3 credits

FM363 Corporate Social Responsibility
Prerequisites: FM361 Corporate Social Responsibility in U.S.
Fashion Retailing is a comprehensive study of the importance of Corporate Ethics i.e. standards of conduct and moral judgment as well as how a company successfully manages their retail business processes to produce a positive impact on society by integrating social, ethical and environmental concerns with retail profit objectives. Using case studies, students gain an understanding of the ethical challenges faced by retailers, marketers and manufacturers in the U.S. 3 credits

FM326 Sustainability in Fashion Merchandising
Prerequisites: FM361
Using the case study method and primary research, this course enhances student knowledge of sustainability issues. It focuses on the fiscal implications of implementing sustainability initiatives illustrating that sustainability and profit are not mutually exclusive. 3 credits

PK431 Sustainable Packaging
Design Students learn the fundamentals of sustainable design for brand packaging design, including environmental and social issues, industry terminology, characteristics of various sustainable materials, life cycle analysis, understanding the sustainable packaging scorecard, and how to apply this knowledge to create positive change. 1.5 credits

ID472 Ecology and the Built Environment
The growing impact of ecology on the interior design profession is studied and includes such topics as non-depletable energy services, energy conservation, and resource conservation. Students explore the relationships between ecology and building construction, furniture, furnishings, equipment, building mechanical systems, and building maintenance. Recycling, reuse, and ecological awareness are among the areas studied. 2 credits

SC121 Introduction to Biological Science
Not open to students who have taken SC122. Examines the fundamentals of biology with emphasis on molecular, cell, and organismal biology. Biotic diversity, evolution, and genetics are also presented. 3 credits

SC122 Field Biology
Not open to students who have taken SC121. Covers the major principles of biology by studying organisms and their interrelationships in natural settings. Emphasis is given to habitats within New York City. Laboratory sessions, a weekend field trip, and visits to wildlife refuges, botanical gardens, and parks are included. 3 credits

SC253 Ecology and Environmental Problems
Introduces principles and applications of ecosystem, community, and population ecology, with particular emphasis on the effects of human activities on the natural environment. Current problems in acidification, conservation biology, desertification, global climate change, habitat destruction, ozone depletion, waste management, and pollution are addressed. 3 credits