FAQs: Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Frequently Asked Questions about Online Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Q: Is it possible to earn my Interdisciplinary Studies degree completely online?

A: Yes, absolutely. All of NYIT’s core curriculum courses are offered online, and just like students who attend our traditional campus, online Interdisciplinary students can also choose from a variety of concentrations to create a degree program of major courses that are individualized to reflect their own unique academic and career interests.

Q: If I take all my courses online, what concentrations can I choose from?

A: Students can choose from the following nine concentrations:

  • Behavioral Sciences (which include courses in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology)
  • Business
  • Communication Arts (including Advertising, Journalism, and other special topic courses)
  • English
  • Hospitality Management
  • Humanities (including Literature, History, Philosophy, and many other courses)
  • Labor Relations (also known as Human Resource Management)
  • Social Sciences (including History, Political Science, and Philosophy)
  • Technical Writing 

Q: How often do online classes "meet"?

A: Online classes (with very few exceptions) meet for a full semester, fourteen weeks, and follow the same academic calendar as traditional on-campus classes. However, unlike the traditional classroom, online classes rarely "meet" at specific times. You can login to your courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to view course assignments and to complete required work. In some courses, there are scheduled, timed exam periods when you need to be online: this varies by course and by instructor, so when you begin a course, be sure to familiarize yourself with the syllabus and course schedule.

Q: Can I get financial aid if I am an online student? Can I get financial aid if I am a part-time online student?

A: Yes and yes! Online students who are full time (12-17 credits) are eligible for the same financial aid packages as all other students. And part-time students who are taking at least 6 credits (usually two classes) are also eligible for financial aid. You can also fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. (The FAFSA code for NYIT is 002782 — include that code on your FAFSA form and your results will be forwarded directly to us.)

Q: How can I find out what courses are being offered online?

A: You can check out the online course schedule at NYITConnect. Go to "Search for Sections" page. Don’t be intimidated by the form you see, which contains lots of boxes: you only have to fill out three. At the very first box, "Term," select whatever semester you are interested in. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page, and at the "Location" box choose "OL-online." Then at the next box, "Academic Level," choose "UG-Undergraduate," and then click the Submit button. Then you’ll see the list of classes offered online. You can click on the class to find out about the prerequisites, and more complete course descriptions are available online in the full catalog.

Q: How can I apply to the online program?

A: You can request an application online

Q: What if I have other questions?

A: Email me (Dr. Babic at ababic@nyit.edu) and I’ll be happy to help you! If you decide to join our online program, I will be your advisor (and probably your teacher also, eventually). So, I can help you from step one, the application process, to choosing the classes that are right for you, to your final step onto the podium to get your degree. I’ll be there cheering you on, and you’ll always know where to go for help.

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