Find the meaning of life at Brooklyn College. 

You constantly ponder life's greatest questions: What is our place in the universe? How does one determine good versus bad? Where did it all begin, and what is reality anyway? The Department of Philosophy can give you the tools to try to sort it all out. You will improve your reasoning, analytic and judgment skills, and you'll enhance your ability to develop and defend positions. Your philosophy courses will do more than just help you understand what it's all about; they'll prepare you for a wide range of careers — in law, business, finance, management and technology — by cultivating your abilities to think critically and creatively about complex problems, and to express yourself with confidence and clarity.

Congratulations to our Class of 2015 Graduates!

You have worked hard to achieve this important milestone, and it is with great pride that we can now refer to each of you as graduates of Brooklyn College’s Philosophy Department. A bachelor’s degree marks the culmination of many years of hard work, beginning with the small steps in freshman year and concluding with the seminars, independent studies, and advanced courses of junior and senior years. We, the faculty, are honored to have played an integral part in expanding your academic horizons and augmenting your knowledge, and we are gratified that each of you has achieved a Bachelor of Arts.

We know that this is only the beginning of your success and we hope to be a part of your future as you shoulder your responsibilities as educated women and men, eager to share your knowledge and mindful of your duties in the world. To quote a commencement speech of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, (who laid the first cornerstone in what was to be named Roosevelt Hall), we urge you “to pursue truths relentlessly and to look at them courageously.” Thus, as we congratulate you on your academic achievement, we simultaneously want to wish you all the best in your future endeavors. With boundless opportunities in front of you, we know each of you will do great honor to your alma mater.

The Philosophy Department of Brooklyn College is so proud of each of you!

Writing Tutoring in the Philosophy Department

The Philosophy Department usually offers writing tutoring during the fall and spring semesters. The writing tutor can assist students with brainstorming ideas; crafting outlines, thesis statements and transitions; and organizing and developing thoughts for papers. In addition, the tutor can help students with every step of the writing process from line editing to putting the paper in MLA or APA format. We encourage students to take advantage of tutoring throughout the semester.

Philosophy Tutoring in the Learning Center

Michael Calasso and Michael Perrin will be serving as the Learning Center's philosophy tutors for Summer Session 2. These tutors can assist students with their class readings and assignments. If you are having difficulty understanding any of the concepts being taught, wish to clarify or gain a better understanding of reading selections, or seek advice on how to improve your assignments, we encourage you to take advantage of these tutors. Please go to the Tutors page to view the Summer Session 2 Tutoring Schedule as well as the contact information for the Learning Center.

Major and Minor Checklists

To help track your progress toward completing your major and/or minor, you can download a checklist from our website by going to the Checklists for Majors and Minors page (under the Advising tab).

Advice About Applying to Philosophy M.A. and Ph.D. Programs

Please view our Graduate School Information page (under the Advising tab).

What's New?

Fall 2015: Course Descriptions

As fall 2015 registration is now under way, we have compiled a packet of course descriptions written by instructors teaching those courses. We hope these descriptions will help you make informed decisions as you plan your fall schedule. Please go to the Fall 2015 Course Descriptions page to view/download the packet or individual course descriptions.

If you run into any issues registering for a philosophy class, feel free to contact us.

Newly Established Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Chapter at Brooklyn College

The Brooklyn College chapter of MAP aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy.

For more information about what MAP does, its website, how to connect with our chapter on social media, as well as past and upcoming meetings, please view the MAP Chapter page.

Contact Information

Department Chairperson: Andrew W. Arlig

Location: 3308 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5311
Fax: 718.951.4675