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Philosophy

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.

Writing Tutoring in the Philosophy Department

If you are in need of assistance with your papers, essays, and other assignments—particularly in terms of grammar, structure, and overall form—then take advantage of the Philosophy Department's writing tutor. Chris Workoff will be returning as the writing tutor for the Spring 2017 term. Chris can assist you with: brainstorming ideas; crafting outlines, thesis statements, and transitions; organizing and developing thoughts for papers. In addition, he can help you with every step of the writing process from line editing to putting the paper in MLA or APA format.

The informational handout on "Some Elements and Guidelines of Writing to Consider" (provided by Chris Workoff) can come in handy while you compose your paper.

Click here to view Chris' flier listing his writing tutoring hours for the department and how you can set up an appointment to meet with him.

For more information on writing tutoring, you can also view the Tutors page.

Philosophy Tutoring in the Learning Center

The Learning Center provides tutoring for Philosophy 2101. For the spring 2017 semester, Quixote Vassilakis will be serving as the tutor. Quixote can help you understand class readings and assignments. If you are having difficulty comprehending 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 or prepare for an upcoming exam, we encourage you to meet with Quixote in the Learning Center.

View Quixote's flier to see his tutoring hours in the Learning Center (1300 Boylan Hall). If you have any further questions pertaining to tutoring in the Learning Center, call the center at 718.951.5821.

For more information on PHIL 2101 tutoring, you can also view the Tutors page.

Major and Minor Checklists

To keep track of your progress toward completing your major and/or minor, view the Checklists for Majors and Minors page (located under the Tutoring, Advising, and Career Information tab), where you will find a checklist for each major and/or minor that you can download as a PDF.

New Transfer Credit Policy

Refer to the Transfer Credit Policy document which states the department's updated policy (as of October 2015) regarding this matter. If you have any questions, contact us.

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

View our Graduate School Information page (located under the Tutoring, Advising, and Career Information tab).

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, and how to connect with our chapter on social media, as well as view past and upcoming meetings, please visit the MAP Chapter page.

What's New?

Summer 2017 course Schedule

View our Summer 2017 course schedule (for both sessions 1 and 2), which lists the catalog #, section, registration code, course name, instructor name, and meeting days/times. The room locations for right now are TBA.

The Howard W. Hintz Philosophy Essay Prize

Philosophy students are invited to submit an essay, not longer than 20 pages, written for a philosophy course, on which you received an A, for consideration for the Howard W. Hintz Philosophy Essay Prize. The original submission deadline was March 15, 2017. Due to the recent snowstorm and closure of the college, the submission deadline has been extended to Friday, March 17, before 5 p.m. View the instructions for how to apply.

Scholarships and Awards Application

Students interested in applying for Philosophy Department scholarships and/or awards should complete the application, which provides both instructions and the list of scholarships and awards that you can apply for. The submission deadline is March 15, 2017. Due to the recent snowstorm and closure of the college, the submission deadline has been extended to Friday, March 17, before 5 p.m.

Spring 2017 Course Schedule

Click here to view our spring 2017 Course Schedule, which lists each course section along with their days, times, room number, and instructor.


Contact Information

Department Chairperson: Andrew W. Arlig

Location: 3308 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5311
Fax: 718.951.4675