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Undergraduate Core Curriculum

NYIT adopted the 21st-century Discovery Core Curriculum in fall 2010. During the transition period from 2010 to the present, NYIT has offered courses under both the old and new core curricula. Following is an explanation of new courses replacing old courses and the options available to incoming freshmen and current students for fulfilling their graduation requirements.

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Summer/Fall 2010 and After

Freshmen admitted in fall 2010 comprised the first class to go through NYIT's Discovery Core Curriculum. The new core courses are designed in three stages:

  1. Foundation Courses
  2. Interdisciplinary Seminars
  3. Mathematics and Additional Science Courses

1. Foundation Courses

With the exception of the FCWR 300 series of professional communication courses, students take most foundation courses in their first year of study. These courses begin with FC (foundations core) and include:

  • FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition
    or
    FCWR 111 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition for International Students
  • FCWR 151 Writing II: Foundations of Research Writing
    or
    FCWR 161 Writing II: Foundations of Research Writing for International Students
  • FCSP 105 Speech Communication
  • FCIQ 101 Foundations of Inquiry
  • FCSC 101 Foundations of Scientific Process

Students entering after fall 2010 take one more foundation course in their junior year. There are four options for the Foundations of Professional Communication course (FCWR 301, 302, 303, 304). Academic advisors assist students in choosing the right option. Select one writing course (FCWR):

  • FCWR 301 Communication for Business
  • FCWR 302 Communication for Health Care
  • FCWR 303 Communication for Arts and Design
  • FCWR 304 Communication for Technical Professions

2. Interdisciplinary Seminars

Beginning in sophomore year, students who successfully completed the five, first-year foundation courses take four interdisciplinary seminars from four different categories: a) literature, b) behavioral science, c) social science, and d) philosophy/ethics. These courses all begin with IC (interdisciplinary core) and are followed by LT, BS, SS and PH, respectively, to indicate course topics. There are several seminars in each area to choose from. Students select one from each category in their sophomore and junior years. Please note: new courses are created each year, so students should check the NYIT catalog and course schedules for complete listings.

A. Select one literature course (ICLT). Students should check the NYIT catalog course descriptions and course schedules for complete listings. Two examples are provided here:

  • ICLT 301 Contemporary American Immigrant Literature
  • ICLT 302 Strange Creations: Literature, Intelligent Technology, and Ethics

B. Select one behavioral science course (ICBS). Students should check the NYIT catalog course descriptions and course schedules for complete listings. Two examples are provided here:

  • ICBS 301 Cross Cultural Aspects of Dating, Courtship, and Mate Selection Seminar
  • ICBS 302 Intergroup Relations: Understanding, Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination

D. Select one social science course (ICSS). Students should check the NYIT catalog course descriptions and course schedules for complete listings. Two examples are provided here:

  • ICSS 301 Seminar in Global Environmental History
  • ICSS 303 The American Character: A Global Perspective

D. Select one philosophy course (ICPH). Students should check the NYIT Catalog and course schedules for complete listings. Two examples are provided here:

  • ICPH 301 The Philosophy of Human Nature
  • ICPH 302 The Legacy of Socrates

3. Mathematics and Additional Science Courses

All students are required to complete a minimum of three credits of science beyond the Foundations of Scientific Process course (FCSC 101) and a minimum of three credits of mathematics. Students can use the following prefixes to satisfy the second science requirements: BIOL, CHEM, PHYS.

Students should discuss these courses with their academic advisor.

When searching for new FC (foundation core) or IC (interdisciplinary core) courses with the online Search for Sections at NYITConnect, use the following subject abbreviations:

FCWR Foundations of Writing
FCSP Foundations of Speech
FCIQ Foundations of Inquiry
FCSC Foundations of Sci Process

ICLT Literature Core
ICBS Behavior Science Core
ICSS Social Science Core
ICPH Philosophy Ethics Core

NYIT Students: Prior to Fall 2010

As with all curricular requirements, students must complete the core curriculum that was in place when they were first admitted to NYIT or when they changed their majors (check the catalog of that year for details). All courses that current students need to complete their degrees will be offered over the next few years. However, NYIT phases out old core courses as new core courses commence. Therefore, a specific old course needed by a student may not be available at a time that fits his/her schedule. To accommodate this situation, NYIT allows students who entered NYIT prior to fall 2010 to take new courses as substitutions. Accordingly, view the following table for courses in the new core that can be substituted for old core courses:

Current Student Core Curriculum Requirements New Core Curriculum Course Equivalents

College Success Seminar: NYIT 101 College Success Seminar

None

English Composition:

WRIT 101 College Composition I and WRIT 151 College Composition II

or

WRIT 111 College Composition I and WRIT 161 College Composition II

FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition and FCWR 151 Writing II: Foundations of Research Writing

or

FCWR 111 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition for International Students and FCWR 161 Writing II: Foundations of Research Writing for International Students

SPCH 105 Basic Speech Communications

FCSP 105 Speech Communication

Group A Literature Options:

LITR 210 The Art of Poetry
LITR 220 The Art of Drama
LITR 230 The Art of Fiction
LITR 240 The Art of Prose

Any ICLT 300 level course will satisfy this requirement

Group B Career Writing Options:

WRIT 310 Business Writing
WRIT 316 Writing for the Technical Professions
WRIT 320 Report Writing
WRIT 325 Writing for Arts and Architecture
WRIT 330 Writing for Communication Arts

Any FCWR 300 level course will satisfy this requirement (select one):

FCWR 301 Communication for Business
FCWR 302 Communication for Health Care
FCWR 303 Communication for Arts and Design
FCWR 304 Communication for Technical Professions

Philosophy

Any ICPH 300 level course will satisfy this requirement

History or Political Science

Any ICSS 300 level course will satisfy this requirement

Behavioral Sciences

Any ICBS 300 level course will satisfy this requirement

Economics

None

Physical Science

None

Life Science

None

Liberal Arts

All new core courses except FCSC 101

When searching for courses with the online Search for Sections at NYITConnect, please note:

If you select this subject, and this number, then these courses will be displayed
WRIT 101 WRIT 101 and FCWR 101
WRIT 151 WRIT 151 and FCWR 151
WRIT 111 WRIT 111 and FCWR 111
WRIT 161 WRIT 161 and FCWR 161
WRIT No number All WRIT and FCWR
SPCH 105 FCSP 105
LITR No number All LITR and ICLT
PHIL No number All PHIL and ICPH
HIST No number All HIST and ICSS
PSCI No number All PSCI and ICSS
ANTH No number All ANTH and ICBS
CRIM No number All CRIM and ICBS
PSYC No number All PSYC and ICBS
SOCI No number All SOCI and ICBS

When searching for new FC or IC courses with the online Search for Sections at NYITConnect, use the following subject abbreviations:

FCWR Foundations of Writing
FCSP Foundations of Speech
FCSP Foundations of Speech
FCSC Foundations of Sci Process

ICLT Literature Core
ICBS Behavior Science Core
ICSS Social Science Core
ICPH Philosophy Ethics Core