2021-2022 College Catalog 
    Feb 01, 2023  
2021-2022 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Philosophy and Religion

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Chairperson: Vivaldi Jean-Marie 718 270 5037 office 718 270 4828 fax vjean-marie@mec.cuny.edu
Office: B-1007N
Faculty: Michael Fitzgerald, Vivaldi Jean Marie


The mission of the Department of Philosophy and Religion is to educate students to be leaders and engaged citizens who are fit to creating positive social changes and able to successfully pursue 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 world view in which knowledge from other disciplines and knowledge from life experiences are put together into 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. However, philosophy is not simply a collection of doctrines. Rather, it is a set of great controversies over fundamental questions, such as the nature of mind, the meaning of truth, knowledge, values, and methods of conceptual analysis that are used to clarify our thinking practices about these key questions.

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.

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