Answers To Students' FAQ
2. I'm trying to register for a philosophy course, but the system won't let me because it says I'm missing a prerequisite. What should I do?
The solution depends on the prerequisite and your particular circumstances. Consult an advisor right away.
3. I really want to take a course that's offered this semester, but the class is full. What should I do?
You should speak directly with the professor teaching the course. Advisors may not overtally courses of other faculty members. Enrollment limits are established to preserve the integrity of the course. When you endeavor to exceed that limit you potentially compromise the quality of the course not only for others but also for yourself. Consider taking the course in a different semester.
4. I'm supposed to write a paper for my philosophy course, and I'm having trouble. How can I get some extra assistance?
Your first resource for additional assistance with specific assignments is your own instructor. She or he best knows the expectations for the assignment and how the materials you have discussed in class relate to it. Your professor can also direct you to other resources. Linked to this site, you'll also find some general tips for writing philosophy papers. Additional assistance with general writing skills is available through the Writing Center and the CUNY write-site. There are also a number of publications about writing philosophy papers. See, for example, the handout available on the table in front of the Philosophy Department and on-line. You might also consult:
Richard A. Watson,Writing Philosophy (Southern Illinois University Press, 1992) in the Hunter Library: B52.7 .W37 1992 or Zachary Seech, Writing Philosophy Papers (Wadsworth, 1993); available at Queensboro Community and York.
5. I took one (or more) philosophy class(es), and I'd like to take more. How should I decide what to take next?
Your instructors are good sources of advice for classes that are related to the courses you have already completed. You may also access additional information about specific offerings at this site. Department advisors are also an excellent resource. They will discuss your interests and background in an effort to match you with an appropriate course.
6. I've never taken a philosophy class, and I don't really know what it is about. Can you tell me, in a nutshell, what philosophy is?
Some might say that anything that can be put in a nutshell belongs there. Hunter's philosophy courses treat a vast array of topics and ways of addressing them. Still, there are some general features of philosophy that can be described. Philosophy studies the most fundamental questions that human beings ask—about individual and social action, the possibility and limits of knowledge, the truth and justification of beliefs, human nature and freedom, the existence of God, and the operations of nature. Philosophy approaches these questions in a systematic way, and philosophers have worked out more or less comprehensive theories to answer them (or show why they cannot be answered). Read more on the Department web site, peruse the descriptions of courses, and stop by to visit an advisor!