Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Northeastern University. Our department is filled with faculty and students who love to think, read and talk about “the big questions,” as well as about current events and contemporary issues involving ethics, religion, and political philosophy. We have an active research faculty and an award winning group of students whose plans range from heading off to graduate or law school to careers in public service, non-profit organizations, and business. Many of our students take advantage of our combined majors with other disciplines, such as computer science, international affairs, environmental studies, physics, history, english, economics, and media and screen studies.

The Department is home to  The Ethics Institute, which does research in applied ethics, religious ethics, descriptive ethics, and normative theory. Our Philosophy Club is an active group of undergraduates who gather weekly for dinner and discussions. Our Ethics Bowl team studies pressing social and ethical issues and competes in competitions around the region. We are fortunate to have a vibrant intellectual community that is committed to bringing philosophical and religious studies research and methods to bear on contemporary events and issues.

On this website you will find information about our majors and minors, about experiential education opportunities, and about our student and faculty community. You can also “Like” us on Facebook, where you can see upcoming events, recent photos of different activities, and see exciting opportunities for students.

If you have any questions about our programs or department, please feel free to contact me at or call us at 617.373.3636.

Ron Sandler
Department Chair


Reporting on Religion, March 16, 2018


Part sponsorship by the Philosophy and Religion Department

• April 27, 2018 –Women of Color in the Academy Conference

Department News

Prof. Bucar’s Pious Fashion wins award from Costume Society of America

“It is my pleasure to inform you that Elizabeth Bucar’s “Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress” has been chosen as recipient of the 2018 Millia Davenport Publication Award sponsored by the Costume Society of America. The Davenport reading committee was impressed by Bucar’s timely choice of subject and scholarly rigor communicated through engaging writing style.”…
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Prof. Sandler presents on conservation biotechnology to a National Academies study…

Check out Prof. Sandler’s webinar for a National Academies Project. “Forest Biotechnology: Environmental Ethics Perspectives,” Webinar for National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine study, The Potential for Biotechnology to Address Forest Health, March 2018,

Summer Courses

Summer 1 and Summer 2 courses are available to view. Take a look at what summer courses the department will be offering. Go to →myneu → Registrar Services → Schedule of Classes → Click on Summer 1 or Summer 2 (view only)

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Upcoming Events


Does the Market Failures Approach to Business Ethics Apply to the Actual Business World?

The view of business ethics that Christopher McMahon calls the “implicit morality of the market” and Joseph Heath calls the “market failures approach” has received a lot of recent attention. In this paper I ask a simple question: does this view have any implications for the real world?..
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Many Paths to Privacy

The Philosophy and Religion Departments own professor, Candice Delmas will be one of the speakers at this event. Privacy has become a key concept in the digital age. Industry, government and members of the general public all have unprecedented access to data and people in ways that were unimaginable even just 50 years ago. Many…
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Student Reflections

Isabella Carlsson

Co-op at Carnegie Mellon University

In the fall of 2017, I was on co-op at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh.

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Kaleem Ahmid

Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl, November 11, 2017

I was part of the Northeastern Ethics Debate team in the Fall semester of 2017. 

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Isabella Carlsson

Northern New England Philosophical Association Annual Conference, November 3-4, 2017

I presented one of my papers at the 2017 Northern New England Philosophical Association (NNEPA) conference.

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Aja Watkins

Northern New England Philosophical Association Annual Conference, November 3-4, 2017

I presented recently in the undergraduate portion of the Northern New England Philosophical Association (NNEPA) annual conference.

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