Philosophy and Religion Department

The mission of the Department of Philosophy and Religion is to educate students to be leaders and engaged citizens who are committed to creating positive change and who are able to successfully pursue a number of rewarding roles and careers.

About the Department of Philosophy and Religion
The study of philosophy fosters critical, analytic reasoning skills that are part of the intellectual armament of an educated person. Its successful student will be a tough-minded thinker who is able to devise for him/herself a consistent worldview in which knowledge from other disciplines and knowledge from life experiences are put together in a coherent system. The study of philosophy will also acquaint students with the great ideas that have been central in the development of human culture over the past 25 centuries. But philosophy is not simply a collection of doctrines. Rather, it is a set of great controversies over fundamental questions - for instance, about the nature of mind, meaning, truth, knowledge, and value - and the method of conceptual analysis we use to clarify the terms of our thinking about them.

Departmental Academic Criteria
Students must meet all requisite CUNY proficiencies. A minimum of sixty (60) credits is required for the A.A. in Liberal Arts. Students are required to adhere to all course guidelines and requirements as set forth in departmental syllabi.

Academic Standards
Students in the Department must pass Philosophy and Religion’s required Core courses with a grade of “C” or better. For graduation, a student must have an index of 2.0 in his/her major.