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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

During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Philosophy Department offers an in-house writing tutor. 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 writing tutor. The tutor can help you with: brainstorming ideas; crafting outlines, thesis statements, and transitions; organizing and developing thoughts for papers. In addition, the tutor can aid 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 writing tutor Chris Workoff) can come in handy while you compose your paper.

Please check back in September if you wish to view the Fall 2017 writing tutoring hours.

Philosophy Tutoring in the Learning Center

The Learning Center provides tutoring for Philosophy 2101 (Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy). For Summer Session 1, Jason Wray and Brittany Kaufman will be serving as the Philosophy 2101 tutors. Both of these tutors 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 either Jason or Brittany in the Learning Center (1300 Boylan Hall).

Jason and Brittany's Summer Session 1 tutoring hours are Monday through Thursday, from 10am to 4pm on each day.

If you have any further questions pertaining to tutoring in the Learning Center, please contact the Center at 718.951.5821.

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.

Transfer Credit Policy

Please 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).

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Student 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 (last updated June 1, 2017), which lists the catalog #, section, registration code, course name, instructor name, meeting days/times, and location.


Contact Information

Department Chairperson: Andrew W. Arlig

Location: 3308 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5311
Fax: 718.951.4675