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 please take advantage of the Philosophy Department's writing tutor, Chris Workoff. Chris can assist you with brainstorming ideas; crafting outlines, thesis statements and transitions; and 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. For more information, please refer to the handout "Free Writing Tutoring for Philosophy Students" (PDF) to see his tutoring hours and how to set up an appointment.

Chris has also provided an informational handout on "Some Elements and Guidelines of Writing to Consider" (PDF) which can come in handy while you compose your paper.

Philosophy Tutoring in the Learning Center

Andrew Rubner is serving as the Learning Center's Philosophy 2101 tutor for Fall 2015. He can assist you with the 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 Andrew. Click here to view Andrew's flier that notes his tutoring hours in 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?

October 2015: New Transfer Credit Policy

Please refer to the New Transfer Credit Policy document that states the department's updated policy regarding this matter. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Fall 2015: Course Descriptions

We have compiled a packet of fall 2015 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