B.A. degree program in philosophy
HEGIS code 1509
NYS SED program code 02057

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Program/Department Advisers

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Chopra, Samir Professor and Pre-Law Adivsor 718.951.5000 xt 3215 3307 Boylan schopra @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Call the Philosophy Dept. at 718.951.5311
Lurz, Robert Professor and Chairperson 718.951.5311 3308 Boylan rlurz @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Call the Philosophy Dept. at 718.951.5311
Moore, Matthew Professor and Deputy Chair 718.951.5000 xt 6879 3300 Boylan matthewm @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Call the Philosophy Dept. at 718.951.5311

 

These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2020 semester.
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Philosophy is a writing-intensive major.
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Department requirements (25-38 credits)
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Option I: Philosophy
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Recommended for students for whom a broad background in philosophy is desirable.

The department Chair, with the approval of the chair of the department's curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of our program.

Two courses in history of philosophy from the following group (1):

(1) Philosophy 3111 or 3112 or 3113 or 3114 or 3121 or 3122 or 3123.

One course from each of the following groups (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), and (7):
(2) Methods and Reasoning: Philosophy 3203 or 3204 or 3210 or 3212
(3) Value Theory: Philosophy 3320 or 3326 or 3501 or 3703 or 3704
(4) Metaphysics and Epistemology: Philosophy 3401 or 3410 or 3420
(5) Pluralistic Methods and Traditions: Philosophy 3130 or 3308 or 3702 or 3720 or 3721 or 3722 or 3723 or 3724 or 3725 or 3726
(6) Seminar: Philosophy 4105 or 4110 or 5101 or 5102 or 5110 or 5111
(7) Elective: Any course 3000-level or above

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Option II: Philosophy and Law
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Recommended for students planning careers involving public affairs, law, or planning and management.

The department Chair, with the approval of the chair of the department's curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of our program.

All of the following: Philosophy 3105, 3320, 3410, 3703, 3704, 3740.

One course chosen from Philosophy 3203, 3210, 3212

One course chosen from any of the following groups:
(1) Applied Ethics: Philosophy 3306-3331
(2) History: Philosophy 3111, 3121-3141, 3145
(3) Other: Philosophy 3232, 3420, 3422, 3423, 3530-3605, 3701, 3702, 3714, 3724-3731, 3805-4110, 4201-5111

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Option III: Philosophy and Other Fields
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Recommended for students planning careers in medicine, cognitive science, the arts, and for other students interested in acquiring a knowledge of philosophy that also contributes to the understanding of another field.

The department Chair, with the approval of the chair of the department's curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of our program.

Students must satisfy A, B, and C below.

A. One course from each of the following groups, (1), (2), (3), and (4):
(1) Philosophy 3111 or 3121.
(2) Philosophy 3203 or 3204 or 3210 or 3212 or 3232.
(3) Philosophy 3320 or 3501 or 3704.
(4) Philosophy 3401 or 3410 or 3420.

B. Three courses: One course from each of the following groups, (1), (2), and (3) below. The course chosen from each group may not be used to satisfy any of the above Option III-A requirements or any other Option III-B requirement.

(1) One course chosen from Philosophy 3130, 3215-3232, 3318-3335, 3401-3423, 3501-3740, 3805, 3910-4110, or 4201-5111.

(2) One course chosen from Philosophy 3105-3145, 3502, 3620, 3621, or 3703.

(3) One course chosen from Philosophy 3305-3317, 3422, 3520, 3720, or 3805.

C. One of the following, (1) or (2) or (3) or (4) below:

(1) At least 12 credits in courses taken in a single department or program outside the Philosophy Department.

(2) At least 12 credits in any selection of the following science courses: Biology 1001, 1002; Chemistry 1040, 1050, 1100, 2050, 2100, 2500, 3510 or both 3511 and 3512, 3520 or both 3521 and 3522; Health and Nutrition Sciences 2109 or 2130; Physics 1100, 1111, 1112, 1150, 1190, 2100, 2150.

(3) A Minor in Cognitive Science or a Minor in Global Studies or a Minor in Corporate Social Responsibility. (Philosophy courses taken to complete a minor in cognitive science or to complete a minor in global studies or to complete a minor in corporate social responsibility can also be applied towards the satisfaction of Option III-A and Option III-B requirements for a major in philosophy.)

(4) A Minor in Philosophy and the Arts, or a Minor in Philosophy and the Sciences, or a Minor in Philosophy, Culture and the Social Sciences, or a Minor in Professional and Applied Ethics, or a Minor in Logic, Reasoning and Rationality. (Philosophy courses taken to complete a minor in philosophy and the arts, or to complete a minor in philosophy and the sciences, or to complete a minor in philosophy, culture and the social sciences or to complete a minor in professional and applied ethics, or to complete a minor in logic, reasoning and rationality can also be applied towards the satisfaction of the above Option III-A and Option III-B requirements for a major in philosophy.)

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Option IV: Philosophy and Business
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Recommended for students planning careers in business.

The department Chair, with the approval of the chair of the department's curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of our program.
Philosophy 3314 and 3320.

One course from each of the following groups, A), B), C), D), and E).

The course chosen from each group many not be used to satisfy any other Option IV requirement.

A) Philosophy 3203, 3210, 3212, 3231 or 3232.

B) Philosophy 3401, 3410, 3422, 3423, or 3530.

C) Philosophy 3105, 3111, 3121-3141 or 3703.

D) Philosophy 3704 or 3740.

E) Philosophy 3145, 3305-3325, 3331, 3335, 3605, 3702, 3714, 3720, 3725, 3726, 3731, 3910-4110 or 4201-5111.

One of the following groups, either Marketing/Management or Finance:
- Marketing/Management:
All of the following: Business 3240 or Psychology 3172; Business 3100, 3130, 3200.

- Finance:
Accounting 2001 and either Business 3400 or Economics 3400.
Two of the following: Economics 3320, [Business 3310] or Finance 3310, [Business 3330] or Finance 3330.

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Option V: Philosophy Honors
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The department Chair, with the approval of the chair of the department's curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of our program.

Students must satisfy A, B, C and D below.

A. All of the following: Philosophy 3111, 3121, 3320.
One of: Philosophy 3203 or 3204.
One of: Philosophy 3401 or 3410.

B. One course chosen from group (1), and one course chosen from group (2). The course chosen from each group may not be used to satisfy any of the above Option V-A requirements or any other Option V-B requirement.

(1) One of: Philosophy 3212-3232, 3401-3429, 3530, 3601, 3610, 3611, 3620, 3621; and

(2) One of: Philosophy 3105, 3111-3159, 3307-3310, 3316-3319, 3323-3331, 3501-3520, 3605, 3701-3921, 5201, 5210.

C. A student must complete at least one of the following seminars with honors credit and with a grade of B or higher:
Philosophy 4105 or 4110 or 4201 or 5101 or 5102 or 5110 or 5111.

D. A student must have an academic index of 3.50 or higher in philosophy courses taken to satisfy the major.